These Spicy Chili Scrambled Eggs are a simple yet intriguing breakfast idea, adding a spicy kick to your morning routine.
Scrambled eggs have recently gained popularity in our household. Initially, we made them once a month. However, eggs have become a daily staple, with two boys in our family aspiring to build muscles. I’ve even considered investing in a hen, thinking it would be a worthwhile addition. The boys are exploring ways to transform plain scrambled eggs into a morning delicacy they can eagerly anticipate. My husband, an amateur chef, made these scrambled eggs with chili; they are genuinely excited about it.
These Chili Scrambled Eggs are a perfect example of how herbs and spices can elevate any simple dish. They enhance the taste, and chili peppers also bring additional benefits, such as a metabolism boost and a good dose of vitamins.
Before I delve into the recipe, let me clarify the use of “chili” for our American readers and “chilli” for people from Europe. I will be using both terms interchangeably to ensure everyone feels welcome.
Ingredients to make the best chilli scrambled eggs
To make this quick and easy, satisfying breakfast, you will need the following ingredients:
Eggs are the star here, giving you a hearty and protein-packed breakfast. For the best results, opt for free-range or organic eggs. I used 2 large eggs for one serving.
From Moderately spicy jalapeño, red or green chilli flakes to slightly hotter serranos, choose the type of chili based on your spice preference – mild or fiery. Remove the seeds if you prefer less heat. Start with a small amount and adjust according to your taste.
Finely chopped onion or green onion enhances the flavor and texture of your chili scrambled eggs. The green onion or chive looks perfect as a garnish too.
butter or vegetable oil that can be infused, chili oil, green herb oil or oregano oil.
Fresh herbs and spices
Sprinkle in some fresh or dried oregano if fresh isn’t available. Crush dried oregano between your fingers before adding it to release its full flavor.
Red Peper flakes or Cayenne Pepper for an extra kick.
Cumin: Cumin adds a warm and cozy touch. To enhance its flavor, toast the cumin in a dry pan before adding it.
Salt and Pepper: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Freshly ground pepper adds a nice kick.
How to Make Scrambled Eggs with Chili
These delicious chili scrambled eggs are a fantastic way to start your day with a bit of chili heat. However, there are some tips and tricks to ensure they turn out perfect.
First step: Heat the Pan.
Use a non-stick pan, place it over medium heat, add a tablespoon of butter, and let it melt. Don’t allow the butter to brown or it will discolour the eggs.
Second step: Saute Onion and Fresh Chili
Finely dice onions and red chili and add them to the pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent and the chili is softened.
Third step: Whisk eggs
In the meantime, crack the eggs into a bowl, add a pinch of salt. Whisk the eggs with a fork until well combined.
Fourth step: Cook the mixture
Reduce the heat to low, and add the beaten eggs. Let the mixture sit without stirring for 20 seconds. Sprinkle with fresh oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Use a small amount initially; you can always add more later if you want more heat. With a silicone spatula or wooden spoon, gently lift and fold the egg mixture over from the bottom of the pan. Let it sit for another 10 seconds, then stir and fold again. Repeat until the eggs are softly set and slightly runny in places. Take the mixture off the heat and let it sit for a moment to complete the cooking process.
Fifth step: Season and serve
Add some freshly ground black pepper, fresh oregano, and fresh chili, and serve immediately.
What to Serve with Chilli Scrambled Eggs
Chili scrambled eggs pair well with various sides to create a quick and easy breakfast.
- Spread them on top of a whole-grain toast with or without a slice of avocado or turn them into this Bombay toast.
- Serve them on a side of fresh salsa with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime.
- Fermented cauliflower nicely complements the spiciness of scrambled eggs.
- Chili eggs go well with crispy hash browns or seasoned home fries.
- A dollop of Greek yogurt mixed with chopped herbs like dill or chives add a cooling and tangy element to the dish.
- I love scrambled eggs with sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers, or spinach for additional flavor and nutrition.
- If you’re looking for a heartier option, crispy bacon or your favorite breakfast sausage can complement the spicy eggs.
Variations to this chili scrambled eggs recipe.
Elevate the flavor profile of your chili scrambled eggs. Consider experimenting with these tasty variations:
Instead of oregano, add finely chopped cilantro (coriander) or parsley during cooking. Sprinkle them in just before serving for a vibrant and herbaceous kick.
Intensify the heat with a drizzle of your favorite hot sauce. Choose a variety that complements the chili, like Sriracha sauce.
Add a cheese by melting shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, or feta into the eggs.
Tips to make fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Chili
Use a whisk to vigorously beat the eggs to get air that contributes to fluffiness.
Cook the scrambled eggs over medium-low heat. High heat can lead to overcooking and less fluffy eggs.
Avoid excessive stirring; consider these more like folded eggs than scrambled. They should have the texture of soft curds.
Don’t cook more than six eggs at once to prevent overcrowding the pan, and the eggs won’t cook either. For larger quantities, use two pans instead of one.
Remove the eggs from the heat just before they are fully set. They will continue to cook slightly, ensuring a fluffy and creamy texture.
Add a splash of milk or cream to the beaten eggs. This adds richness and contributes to a lighter texture.
Add a sprinkle of cottage cheese during the cooking process to make Cottage Cheese Scrambled Eggs. The melting cheese contributes to a creamier texture.
Serve Immediately; delayed serving can result in a loss of fluffiness as the eggs continue to set.
Can you reheat the scrambled eggs with chili?
For the tastiest and fluffiest experience, eating right after making them is ideal. But if you need to make them ahead, reheating scrambled eggs can make them a bit dry and less fluffy. Thus, when eggs are cooked a bit less than usual, it is better to stay fluffier when you reheat them later.
There are a few simple methods to reheat them. On the stovetop, heat a non-stick frying pan over low to medium heat, add a little butter over medium heat, and gently stir the leftover eggs until warmed.
For a quick microwave option, place the eggs in a microwave-safe container, cover with a lid, and microwave for 30 seconds.
If you prefer using the oven, preheat it to a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C), place the eggs in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil, and warm until heated through. Regardless of the method, avoid overcooking to maintain the eggs’ moisture and fluffiness during reheating.