The Southwestern Frittata that is whole 30 and low carb is a sure way to spice up your morning routine.
I’ll be honest, I was 32 years old when I was introduced to the frittata. Previously, I had omelets and quiches but never a frittata. I have Whole 30 to thank for introducing me to it. The one I had was basic- eggs, spinach and tomatoes. But I fell in love and by the end of the round created this one. This easy dish is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Frittatas come together quick making them great for meal prep.
Difference between frittata vs quiche vs omelet
A frittata is an egg based Italian dish that is made with fried beaten eggs and is crustless. In Italian, frittata meaning loosely translates to “fried”. In addition to eggs, they are often times filled with vegetables and meats. Typically, they are cooked in a cast iron pan. Frittatas are started on the stovetop then end up in the oven and served at room temperature. A great dish for a family or brunch gathering.
A quiche is an unsweetened custard pie. In addition to eggs being the base, they are filled with less ingredients than a frittata or omelet. Quiches are known for there heavy cream and milk. They are baked in the oven then served at room temperature. Often times, a great entree for a family gathering.
An omelet is a fluffy egg dish that is filled with vegetables and meats. The filling is folded into the center then wrapped. Omelets are served hot straight from the stovetop. They are mostly a single serving breakfast item.
I absolutely love Texas so this frittata came about as I was reminiscing about my time there. I grew to enjoy things spicier when I lived there. I’ve combined flavorful chorizo, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, onions, black olives, avocados and the special slap ya mama seasoning to give it a zesty Tex-Mex flare. To keep this frittata Whole 30 and low carb, I didn’t add cheese or sour cream so they can be added if you don’t have any dietary restrictions.
What can I serve with a frittata?
Frittatas can be served with fruit or a side of vegetables if eaten in the morning or at a brunch. If you are enjoying one at lunch or dinner, a side salad or bread often accompany well.
Tips for a great frittata
- Pre-cook veggies: This will help with removing excess water and juices out of the vegetables. It will also ensure your veggies are soft and well cooked.
- Don’t over beat the eggs: No one likes eggs that are over beaten. They loose their form so make sure to beat them to firm peak then pour in pan.
- Make ahead: A frittata is a great dish that can be made ahead of time. It makes a great meal prep for the week ahead either for breakfasts, lunch or dinner. It is also an easy dish to prepare in advance for a brunch or picnic lunch.
How do you store a frittata?
When I’m storing a frittata, I usually cut it up into smaller, square pieces. Frittatas can be stored in an airtight bag in the freezer up to 3 months. They can be easily stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, pop in the oven on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until warm.Print
Packed with southwest flavor and a bit of cajan influence, this frittata is sure to be a breakfast or lunch favorite.
- Prep all veggies and chorizo, then set aside
- Place two pans on the stove ( At least one, I use cast iron for transfer to oven)
- Melt ghee in each pan
- Place veggies in one pan and saute for 3 minutes
- Place chorizo in the other pan on medium heat and cook until meat is browned
- Beat eggs into a bowl until all combined
- Sprinkle seasoning into bowl and mix together
- Transfer cooked chorizo into pan with veggies, then pour egg mixture over
- Cook on stovetop until eggs are firm
- Transfer pan into oven and broil until edges of eggs are brown
- Take out of oven and fan avocado over the top
- If you can’t find Whole 30 compliant chorizo, you can use ground pork and mix in taco seasoning to get the southwestern flavor
- If no dietary restrictions, you can always add in a cup of cheddar cheese and top with sour cream
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop/Oven
- Cuisine: Tex Mex
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