The Best Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

Breakfast is all too often forgotten or skipped during the workweek, but on the weekend, it suddenly takes on a charged, almost obsessive appeal for people when it gets pushed to a few hours later in the day and gets renamed brunch. And that's because nobody wants to wake up for breakfast.

So we thought: Why not push back breakfast even farther? Why not make it for dinner? Perhaps then, people will start having breakfast every day of the week.

We're talking about a quick and easy meal here. Cooking dinner generally requires a bit more commitment than cooking breakfast, we think, so breakfast is a logical choice for anyone who may be reluctant to cook in the evening. Eggs, for example, in any shape or form, are one of the quickest things you can whip up in the kitchen. Fancy a basic cheese omelette? Ten minutes. (Five if you're practiced or a seasoned French chef.)

All of the recipes featured here can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices. So if you're looking for an economical way to have dinner, breakfast for dinner is a timeless option.

Arthur BovinoArthur BovinoBest Breakfast Tacos

Great in the mornings with kids, or for hangovers if you're still acting like one, and a quick savory dish if you're setting out to have breakfast for dinner…
- Arthur Bovino


3 tablespoons lard or bacon fat
3 cloves garlic, crushed 3 cups cooked beans* Salt and pepper, to taste 1 onion, minced 2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican cheese blend Dash of hot sauce Vegetable oil 4 chorizo sausages 10 baby potatoes, sliced about 1/4-inch thick Simple Salsa, to taste Flour tortillas, for serving


Heat the lard or bacon fat in a medium-sized pot, add the crushed garlic, sweat it, and then add the beans and enough water to cover them. When they come to a simmer, use a potato masher to get a smooth consistency (unless you like them chunky).

Add the onion, cheese, hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for about 10 minutes.
Heat some vegetable oil in a pan over low heat. Remove the chorizo casings and crumble the sausage into the pan. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Parboil the potatoes until tender, for about 3 minutes. Drain and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

Fill a deep pot or fryer about 1/3 full with oil and heat to 380 degrees. Line a bowl with paper towels. Fry the potatoes until they float and turn brown and crispy on the outside but feel a bit hollow and soft inside, about 4-5 minutes, drain, and toss in the bowl with salt.

Steam the tortillas (between wet paper towels in the microwave if you have to). Layer the beans, chorizo, and potatoes inside down the center. Top with salsa, guacamole, and shredded cheese, roll it all up, and scarf it down.

Recipe Details

Servings: 4
Total time: 30 minutes
Special Designations: Kid-friendly, Low-sugar

Notes and Substitutions:
*Note: If you didn't have time to soak and cook beans the night before, hey, grab a can of refried beans and doctor them up the same way with a bit of water to loosen them up, onions, cheese, hot sauce, and salt and pepper.

Nathan CyphertNathan CyphertFrench Toast Turkey Burger

This recipe happened, sort of, on accident. I was craving a burger but also French toast. Instead of choosing one or the other, I decided to make both…
- Nathan Cyphert

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Dan MyersDan MyersBacon, Egg, and Cheese French Toast

Quick: Name two perfect breakfast foods. Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches and French toast, you say? So do we. So why not combine the two?
- Dan Myers

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Francesca BorgognoneFrancesca BorgognoneSunnied Egg Bialy Sandwich with Bacon, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Glaze

A while back, my mother and I had amazing egg sandwiches that were so outrageously expensive (but well worth it!) that we vowed never to spend that much on a breakfast sandwich again, especially one that we could master at home. So we got to experimenting…
- Francesca Borgognone

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Jane Bruce Jane Bruce Open-Faced Egg and Avocado Sandwich

This sandwich came about on one of those nights where I came home to almost no food in the fridge, unsure of what I was going to do for dinner…
- Jane Bruce

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-Will Budiaman, The Daily Meal