What To Do With Stale Tortilla Chips

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Bag of stale tortilla chips.

I entertain enough that I often end up with a bag of stale tortilla chips around. Someone brings a bag, we eat most of them, and the remaining chips go stale. Instead of throwing them out, I recently started using them up in the following Mexican-style breakfast recipe.

Mexican Scramble
Ingredients:

1 Tbs vegetable oil
6 eggs
1 medium tomato, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped
A small handful of stale tortilla chips
1/3 c. cheddar cheese
salt
pepper
Directions:

1. Put oil in the pan. Add onions and cook until translucent, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add jalapeños and cook for about 30 more seconds.
2. Add tomatoes and let them cook down until they start to darken and blend in with the onions, about 5 minutes.
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3. Meanwhile, break eggs into a separate bowl. Grate in 1/3 C of cheese into the eggs. Beat eggs and cheese together.
4. Add egg mixture to the tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. Lower heat to medium. Scramble.
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5. Finally, add the handful of crumbled tortilla chips. Cook a minute more until the eggs are scrambled and the tortilla chips are soft. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
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The resulting is a great break from traditional scrambled eggs. The jalapeño gives the eggs a little bite and the tortilla chips add a pleasant, corn meal-y flavor. If you want, you can also add ground beef, olives, or sour cream to the dish.

Cost of Dish:
Eggs: $.90; Cheese: $1; onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños: free from the garden; oil: $.10; tortilla chips: free since I would have thrown them out.
Total Cost: $2 ($1 per person).

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