Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jack's Huevos Desperados

Once famous on this very same blog for his Trailer Park Margaritas, Jack Pirtle (my father) returns again, but this time for breakfast. (I realize I'm posting this a month too late for breakfast month but I figured you'd forgive me.)

Thanks to my wonderful, fabulous, truly talented cousin Janna, for posting this recipe on facebook. Janna visited her parents (my aunt and uncle) in Tucson over Christmas and documented this recipe and even took a picture of it!

From Janna: We had this for breakfast.  Sally told a ghost story.  Buz talked about the aliens.  Mark got the story from Regan about how she found Grandpa George on the Benson Highway with her psychic powers.  Just a regular Sobel/Pirtle/Kaufman/Roberts/Siek/Havens family breakfast.)

From Jack:

10 farm-fresh Mexican eggs (you may substitute American eggs)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
16. oz shredded goat cheese
1 cup or less diced green chilies
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup diced red onion

Throw the mess into a mixing bowl and mix.  Bake at 350' until eggs set (about 35 min?) Serve to Pancho with salsa, warm flour tortillas, and enough tequila to keep him tranquil for a couple hours or so.  Skip the tequila if you expect Pancho to fix the screen door.  He will be hungry by noon, whether he fixes the door or not, so what do you have in mind for lunch?

Margarita, Pancho Villa's seventh wife, once was challenged by Pancho to present him with an egg dish worthy of a bandit's hearty appetite.  He followed the request with a threat.  Either create the egg dish, or he would leave her forthwith and start a revolution somewhere.  Margarita waited several weeks for him to carry out his threat and leave, until finally taking pity on him and whipping up her now famous "Huevos Desperados."  Having filled himself with the delicious dish one fine Mexican morning, Villa proclaimed everlasting love to Margarita, and promised that he would retire from the revolutionary scene and just hang out around the casa.  Pancho's retirement was not what Margarita had in mind... though perhaps he could learn to be of some help around the house... but she doubted it.  


  1. My family makes something similar to this and it is always surprisingly good! I always think it sounds kind of weird with the cottage cheese. I will give your variation a try! Thanks!

  2. This sounds fabulous. Great idea to serve it with tortillas and all the cheese sounds delicious. I think Pancho sounds cute, I'd give him two servings! And I'd like to be a fly on the wall at one of those family gatherings. :)

  3. Please tell me your dad has more recipes that continue the story of Pancho and Margarita! I want more! And thanks for the recipe, I needed to switch up my breakfast a bit. Looks muy bueno!