Last updated January 17, 2015

Add a little zest to your breakfast with green chiles, corn tortillas and melted cheese. Ready in less than 3 minutes and under 200 calories.

I’ve started a new job, and with it comes a 30-45-minute commute. I am not a morning person, so getting up earlier to prepare a healthy breakfast is not on my agenda. Instead, I’ve been experimenting with ways to make quick microwave breakfasts packed full of protein and flavor.

I have these great little Le Creuset Mini Cocottes that are so cute and the perfect size for breakfast on the go. They’re microwave and oven safe. I’ve been using them almost every day to make individual bread pudding, Croque Madame and now these egg stacks.

If you don’t have mini cocottes, you can use regular 7-oz. ramekins instead, but you’ll need to cover the ramekin with a plate when it’s in the microwave because eggs love to explode.

Green Chile Egg Stack from ZestuousI tried this recipe 6 different ways because I wanted a runny yolk and firm whites, but you know what…it didn’t need a runny yolk. The green chiles, corn tortillas and wonderfully melted cheese give this dish enough zest and goodness.

What makes this Zestuous breakfast even better is that you can prepare this dish in advance and pop it in the microwave when it’s time to eat. It’s also great for entertaining company because, if your guests are anything like mine, they never all wake up at the same time. Just prepare the mini cocottes in advance and everyone can heat their own when they’re hungry.


Green Chile Egg Stack

Yield: 4 egg stacks

Green Chile Egg Stack


  • 12 yellow corn tortillas
  • Pam cooking spray
  • 1 4-oz. can copped green chiles
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 4 slices Sargento Ultra-thin colby jack cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin

Using a circle cutter, cut each tortilla into a 3-inch round.

Spray the cocotte or ramekin with Pam. Add a tortilla round and spray again.

Add one tablespoon green chiles.

Add a tortilla round and spray with Pam again.

Add an egg.

Add a tortilla round and spray with Pam again.

Add a tomato slice.

Add a slice of cheese.

Cover and microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds.

Run a rubber spatula or spoon around the edges of the egg stack and transfer onto a plate.

Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin.