Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe using that product. We take it a step further.

This month we’re talking eggs. Well actually, we’re talking about where eggs come from, most notably, chickens. Thanks to a listener suggestion, KRCC’s Ellen Mahoney has this look at a trend that’s seemingly gaining momentum…the urban chicken.

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See below for the Chicken Ranch Scramble with Tortillas recipe from urban chicken farmer Kirk Dakis, and for Breakfast Egg Tacos from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Chicken Ranch Scramble with Tortillas
Kirk Dakis, Urban Chicken Farmer

6 Eggs
6 Red potatoes (pre-cooked and cubed)
1 Medium size yellow onion diced
1 Large tomato diced
2 Avocadoes (sliced)
1 Serrano pepper
1 Jalapeño pepper
2 diced garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Teaspoon Cilantro
4-6 Corn tortillas heated on griddle or pan

Sauté garlic, onions, peppers and pre-cooked potatoes in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Once cooked, remove sautéed items from pan and place in separate dish. Next, crack eggs into bowl, stir and scramble in fry pan. Cook to desire firmness and season to taste. Place scrambled eggs in another dish. Quickly stir fry tomatoes in pan and add to veggie and potato mix. Heat tortillas on grill and then place veggie and egg scramble inside tortilla shells. Add avocado slices.

Recipe from the Colorado Department of Agriculture

Breakfast Egg Tacos
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC

Serves 2

4 ea. 6″ Flour or Corn Tortillas
4 ea. Large Eggs, cracked and scrambled
1/4 cup Crumbled Breakfast Sausage
1/8 cup Red Bell Peppers, diced
1/8 cup Green Bell Peppers, diced
1/8 cup Yellow Onions, diced
1/4 cup Colorado Potatoes, diced and cooked
2 tbsp. Italian Parsley, chopped
Shredded Cheese
Green Chili

Heat a large sauté pan. Sauté the breakfast sausage until half cooked then add the peppers, onions and potatoes. Cook this mixture until the sausage is fully cooked. Add the scrambled eggs and cook until desired doneness. Remove from pan and fill the tortillas. Top with green chili, shredded cheese and salsa then garnish with parsley.


One Response to Mise en Place: Eggs

  1. Matt says:

    Dear Andrea,

    Thanks to you, my wife’s burning desire to implement an urban chicken farm has grown beyond control. Please advise!

    Thanks for the great story!


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