This Breakfast Chorizo Casserole Recipe is a hearty and simple meal. Perfect for a weekend flavor that the whole family will love. The added chorizo gives a nice salty flavoring paired with the rest of the easy ingredients.
One of the best parts about making a simple breakfast casserole is that it feeds a lot of mouths. You can whip this up for the family that is coming in town to stay or make it ahead of time so that all that needs to be done is pop it in the oven to serve.
With the fun flavorings of this easy casserole recipe, there's no doubt that there is also room for toppings so that each person can add their own flavor and heat level. I like to add a little spice to mine sometimes to really help me wake up in the mornings!
Be sure to check out my Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole for another flavorful dish. You can't go wrong with making casserole recipes!
Ground chorizo sausage - You can buy this in different spice levels. Pick one that everyone will enjoy.
Onion - Any type of onion will work fine. Sweet onion is a good contrast with the spice of the chorizo.
Red pepper - Clean the pepper and slice into strips. If you prefer you can dice it instead.
Eggs - Adds protein and helps to bind the ingredients together to form the casserole texture.
Half and half - Adds richness and thins out the casserole. You can also use heavy cream or an unsweetened milk like almond milk or coconut milk.
Salt & pepper - You can add salt and black pepper to your preference. They enhance the other flavors of the dish.
Garlic powder - For flavor.
Cheddar cheese - Used as the topping of the casserole.
How to Make this Breakfast Chorizo Casserole Recipe
Step One: Cook the sausage in a skillet. Drain the grease.
Step Two: Saute the sliced onion and pepper in the skillet until they are soft. You want the onions to start turning translucent.
Step Three: Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. I use a standard 9x3 baking dish but other sizes will work as well.
Step Four: Add the chorizo meat and vegetables.
Step Five: Mix the eggs, half and half, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender. Alternatively, you can mix with a whisk in a large bowl.
Step Six: Put the mixture over the top of the chorizo. I pour it right from the blender on top of the filling ingredients.
Step Seven: Top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
Step Eight: Put the casserole dish in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until the center only jiggles slightly when gently shaken.
Use other meats - While sausage is delicious, it doesn't mean it's the only meat you can use. This can also be made with ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, or even vegetarian by adding extra vegetables.
Change the cheese - Shredded cheese is a perfect topping, so have fun with the options. Mozzarella cheese, pepper jack cheese, Colby cheese, or even a bit of feta cheese are all great options.
Add other vegetables - Adding mushrooms, chives, diced squash, and tomatoes are all wonderful flavors to mix into this dish.
Add black beans - This chorizo breakfast casserole is a great recipe like it is, but you can add beans to it to create another flavorful Mexican version.
Spices - Adding chili peppers to this delicious dish is a simple way to increase the spice. Most Mexican food has a little bit of heat, right? If you don't want to use spicy chorizo, you can add peppers or even red pepper flakes. A little bit of spice is a great way to find the perfect balance of flavors. (You can also add hot peppers to this Mexican cuisine, but be careful - the spice will keep going up the next day!)
Add potatoes - If you don't need this to be low carb or keto you can add your favorite type of potatoes. Sweet potatoes, hash browns, and other delicious potato options are perfect for adding to this brunch recipe. Potato casserole made in different ways pairs really well with the chorizo mixture and creates a new and flavorful main dish. (I love to top it with a bit of sour cream and Monterey jack cheese as well when it's made that way) Brunch dishes like this are great for sharing.
What is chorizo?
Chorizo is a popular meat used in many Mexican dishes. The meat itself is made of a combination of pork fat and pork. There are some chorizo meats that also contain chopped bacon as well.
Typically Mexican chorizo meat is already seasoned and ready to cook, making it a versatile option to use in the kitchen.
Why is my breakfast casserole soggy?
If you're experiencing a soggy casserole, take a look at the ingredients that you're using that might have excess liquid. Be sure that you are draining the cooked chorizo thoroughly before adding, as this will cause there to be issues if not.
Also, if you do decide to add extra vegetables, be sure that they are cleaned and drained well before adding. Any excess liquids from veggies will make a baked casserole soggy.
Do you bake casseroles covered or uncovered?
This chorizo egg bake is baked uncovered, but not all casseroles are that way. It's important to keep an eye on the casserole while it is cooking in the oven as well because you can always add a covering halfway through or as needed.
If you notice this chorizo casserole is starting to get too dark on top and still needs more cooking time, adding a foil covering on top can help to slow down the browning while giving the rest of the casserole the needed time to cook.
What toppings can I add?
Since this has a fun Mexican flavor, why not add toppings to your meal-planning radar? Put out bowls of optional toppings so that each person can add their own flair. Sliced avocado, salsa, diced jalapenos, fresh cilantro, and chives are great toppings to have on hand. Homemade guacamole is another great topping for this tasty casserole and would pair perfectly with fresh tomatoes and lime wedges.
- Brown the chorizo in a large skillet. Drain well.
- Saute the onion and pepper in the skillet until softened.
- Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Put the chorizo and vegetables in the dish.
- Combine the eggs, half and half, salt, garlic, and pepper.
- Pour over the chorizo. Top with the cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the eggs are set and cheese is browned.