The Athlete’s Plate Challenge – Battle Mexican Cuisine


The Athlete’s Plate Challenge is back and this time we are showing off Mexican cuisine.  Matt (The Athlete’s Plate) and I wound up choosing breakfasts to create and we both have ties to Dallas.  This could have been called the Dallas Tex-Mex Breakfast Challenge, but we will just stick to Battle Mexican Cuisine.

Matt has created Huevos Rancheros that you can check out [HERE] but only after you check out my Mexican Breakfast Tower.

My inspiration for this dish came from watching the Food Network one day and seeing Bobby Flay create a dish that he kept piling high.  I thought to myself how can I get a Mexican dish that is piled high and doesn’t fall over.  It was then that it hit me that with eggs as the ‘cement’ I could build a tower.

Toasted Corn Tortillas Add Crunch While Guacamole Adds Creaminess

Ingredients: 4 eggs, 1 can black beans drained and rinsed, 1 avocado, 6 oz cherry tomatoes, 1 red onion diced, 1 jalapeno seeded and diced, 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped, 1/2c corn, 1/2c mushrooms chopped, 9 corn tortillas, 2 tbs olive oil, juice of 1 small lime

Servings: 3

Nutritional Information: 768 calories, 27g Fat, 113g Carbs, 15g Fiber, 27g Protein



  1. Chop cherry tomatoes into quarters and place in bowl.
  2. Add diced jalapeno, red onion and 2/3 of black beans
  3. Cut avocado in half and remove pit.  Inside avocado shell score the meat and then scoop out with a spoon into bowl.
  4. With a fork or potato masher mash all the ingredients together.
  5. Add in bunch of cilantro and lime juice then combine using a fork.
  6. Set aside for flavors to meld.


  1. Beat 4 eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add 1 tbs of oil to a pan and heat.  Add in diced mushrooms and remaining onion.  Saute for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add in 1/3 of black beans and corn.  Cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add in eggs and scramble with all ingredients.

Tortilla Tower:

  1. With a circular cookie cutter create tortilla discs.
  2. Place 1 tbs of olive oil in a pan and heat.
  3. Once hot add in discs and allow to cook so that you get a charred look on them.
  4. Cut remaining portion of the tortillas into chips and add after discs are cooked and allow to char a bit.


  1. Place one disc on plate then add portion of egg mixture.
  2. Top with 2nd disc and add more egg
  3. Then top with last disc.
  4. Remaining egg mixture can be placed to side of tower.
  5. Add guacamole to the other side of the tower.
  6. Place tortilla chips on plate to use as a scoop for extra egg or guacamole.
  7. Optionally you can add queso fresco to add to the creaminess of the dish.


To eat cut the tower and add a scoop of guacamole to each forkful and enjoy the texture of the tortillas with the creaminess of the guacamole.

For added heat serve with your favorite hot sauce.


Served with a little queso fresco

After viewing both dishes cast your vote for your favorite Mexican Breakfast:

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  1. Julie says:

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  2. Nora says:

    Eggs, guacamole.. all my favorites!!!!!!!!! YUMM!!!
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    • Jason says:

      Yeah, it was hard to pass up the combination. Especially b/c the eggs are hot and the guacamole is room temperature and creamy.

      OMG I just had lunch and want to go home and eat this again.

  3. Allison says:

    oooo YUMMY!!! I voted :)
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  4. Chris says:

    Both dishes look good but I voted for yours. Definitely need to make this one, it’s right up my alley.
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  5. katie says:

    I am super duper in love with mexican food right now, I am going to try this. YUM YUM YUM!
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    • Jason says:

      That makes two of us then. I could eat a variation of Mexican just about everyday. It is a versatile cuisine that really plays to us vegetarians.

  6. Craig says:

    again, Im now starving. Just had a protein bar and an apple. Neither satisfying my watering mouth.

  7. lindsay says:

    umm yum!!! amazing. i’m confused on the tower part but i would just eat this as a pile of mess on my plate and be ok with that :)
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    • Jason says:

      The tower is that is is built up. Tortilla, Egg, Tortilla, Egg, Tortilla.

      The tortillas cannot be too crunchy because you will end up with a huge pile of mess on the plate.

  8. Scott says:

    I had something extremely close to that last night for dinner, except no avacdos and I added bacon

  9. Marlene says:

    Fun to do a breakfast challenge! Yours looks great! MMMM love guac!

    Also, I made those carrot cake cookies today! I even picked up the soy flour, brown rice flour and turbinado for the first time ever. They are fantastic!
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    • Jason says:

      OK, so now I have another flour for you to get when u r ready. Garbanzo bean flour. Look at the protein in it. Combine garbanzo and soy and who needs red meat?

      The cookies are awesome. I made them last night and they are almost all gone.

  10. natasha says:

    Loving the toasted tortilla idea!
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  11. Michael says:

    That looks yumcredible….that’s a new word I just made up, but you can use it if you want :)
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  12. I missed the poll… but this one definitely has my vote (minus the mushrooms, of course). You had me at “Mexican”. This looks absolutely delicious. (And thanks for calculating the nutritionals on these… )
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