This state of breakfast tacos in Boulder

Breakfast tacos, but not for breakfast

By Paul Hagey Feb 21 2020

Earlier this month, Boulder received blessings of more taco goodness, specifically breakfast taco goodness, with the opening of Austin, Texas-born Torchy’s Tacos at the corner of Pearl Street and 28th Street.

A Tex-Mex legend, breakfast tacos are a specific type of taco, and perhaps the perfect breakfast food — healthy, fast and cheap. Much smaller than a burrito, they often feature corn tortillas, a “meat” such as bacon, eggs, black or refried beans, a garnish such as onion, rajas and a variety of cheeses, and, of course, salsa. Most importantly, they’re available at breakfast. A classic is potatoes, eggs and cheese, but the taco styles have proliferated.

Given our expansive local taqueria coverage (Tierra y Fuego Taqueria, Mojo TaqueriaMcDevitt Taco Supply, + T/ACO) — and our announcement of Torchy’s opening on Feb. 5 — a BLDRfly reader reached out and asked if we knew of any place that served breakfast tacos at breakfast. The sad answer is no.

A growing number of restaurants sell eggs, potato and veggie and/or meat breakfast burritos for breakfast — including Santo, Centro, Blackbelly, Mateo and Spruce Confections. These are good, but a lesser cousin of the breakfast taco.

Torchy’s, which became breakfast taco legend in Austin, only opens for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday for now. The other taquerias only open from lunch onward. (Santiago’s serves a breakfast taco, but, like our reader said, they sometimes leave him with a stomach ache).

So, here’s an impassioned plea and a free ironclad business idea — someone start selling breakfast tacos at weekday breakfast in Boulder. You will clean up.

Featured image: Mojo tacos. Photo: Erik Forbes.

Paul Hagey

Paul Hagey is BLDRfly’s founder and editor. When not wrangling video, audio and words in the name of story, he’s riding his mountain bike, trail running and hanging with his awesome wife Jen and their young daughter.