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I can never find good taquitos at any restaurant or taqueria.  Whataburger, actually, has the best I can find – yet still a little bland.  But what makes Whatabooger a step above the rest?  From my experience, they usually don’t over cook the egg.  Eggs suck if overcooked.  But how do we improve from there?  Let’s kill it with flavor and texture.  What do we need:

(Don’t stop reading here – this is a very fun post!)

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • Real butter
  • Ground cumin
  • Sontava habanero sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sesame chili Oil
  • Ground spicy pork sausage

Preheat a cast iron griddle on medium-low heat.  I also use those little round pancake things to cook the eggs.  This adds depth to the egg making it harder to over cook.  In my method I need a little extra time because I add seasoning and a cheese crust.

Start cooking your sausage, in patties in a separate pan.  Cook thoroughly.  I am not going to tell you how to do this part.  If you don’t know how to cook sausage patties then just just stop reading here and go play Farmville.

Pour a dash of the sesame chili oil (you can find this on the Asian aisle of your local grocer) into those round little things and brush to cover surface and inners sides.

Crack the eggs and drop into those little round metal things that are made for pancakes.

Now add salt and fresh cracked pepper to the egg to taste.

Next add a tiny bit of cumin.  Careful!  Not to much.  I grab a small pinch and just sprinkle a little bit on.  Cumin can become very overpowering.

Next dash some habanero sauce (I use Sontava brand).

Now we need to add some texture. We’re gonna do this by adding a crispy season crust to the tortilla.

Nothing sucks more than just having a mush burrito.  Brush your tortillas with the sesame chili oil and place oil side down on the griddle.  Heat until that side is nice and crispy.  You can flip to warm the other side if you want, but careful not to make an unbendable matzo cracker – which is why we just do one side, which we make the INSIDE of the taquito.

And this is what you got going – be attentive!  You have sausage, eggs, tortillas – and you DON’T want to over cook your egg!  And with all this going, you are trying to take pics for Facebook!  CAH-RAZY!!  …oh and the egg just takes few minutes to cook fully.

Try to leave the yolk soft or runny for the very best flavor.  Trust me on this.

I usually don’t like to cook my seasoning directly on the griddle, so lets add the delicious layer of cheese to lock those flavors in.   Sprinkle cheese on top of the egg.  After this, you should be able to remove the little metal round things that are made for pancakes pretty easily.

Now the toughest part, but not too hard.

Butter the griddle next to the eggs.

Flip the eggs (cheese side down) into the melted butter for 1 minute. This will create a crispy cheese crust (a la my famous grill cheese sandwich – sorry the video is less than par, I have learned quite a bit) and cook the yolk to perfection.

Now put your tortilla on a plate.  We put the crispy side up (toppings go on crispy side) for an “internal crunch”!  Add the egg (we like to cut the egg in half and adjust to fit the length of the tortilla, but now we’re just getting picky), slice your sausage and top it off.  You don’t need anything else!  No picante, nothing.

And strap yourself in for a flavor rocket ride!

Seriously – these are amazing.  Hopefully everyone (even restaurants) can learn that adding flavor and texture can transform something so mundane into something spectacular.

Stay hungry, Houston.

-Adam