Mexican Breakfast Scramble with Peppers and Black Beans – Grow. Eat. $ave.

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 5, 2011

So I had every intention of making omelets with all the fixings you see here last night. Then I remembered that we had a makeup soccer game. So I scratched the omelet idea (because they take longer to make!) and went with a scramble instead. All the same ingredients…just as delicious outcome!

Perfect way to use some peppers from the garden or farmer’s market. I only used green pepper…but you could use red, yellow, orange, hot, mild…whatever floats your pepper boat.

Or whatever you have on hand or in the garden!

(Couple notes about this breakfast scrambles…I use 2 eggs per person when making scrambled eggs. My boys LOVE eggs…and this seems to be our “magic egg number.” Also, I cooked up a bag of dried black beans because I didn’t have any cans. And because it’s cheaper that way!)

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Mexican Breakfast Scramble with Peppers and Black Beans

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 to 10 minutes


  • 10 eggs ($1)
  • 1/4 cup milk ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.03)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped ($.20)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped ($.59)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic ($.05)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($.03)
  • 2 cups black beans ($.50)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or pepper jack for some kick (omitted for the kids) ($.75)
  • Fresh fruit ($.75)


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk…with the salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion, peppers, garlic with a pinch of ground cumin.
  • Once the onions are opaque, stir in the eggs and scramble them with the veggies.
  • Top with the black beans and shredded cheese.
  • Prepare fruit. If I’d had an avocado on hand, I would have served that with this instead of fruit :)
  • Serve Mexican Breakfast Scramble with Peppers and Black Beans, and fresh fruit…or avocado!

Cost $3.95

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TheGourmetCoffeeGuy October 10, 2011 at 12:51 am

A very different breakfast scramble to consider, seems easy to fix and quite festive. Thank you for sharing!


Jessi @ Quirky Cookery November 3, 2011 at 4:12 am

I love making scrambles. This one looks delicious.


Eva Marie November 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I love all these ingredients. I bet this would be delicious as a frittata or quiche as well. Can’t wait to try this!


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