Feb 25

Tart Cherry Salsa Breakfast Tacos + a giveaway!

 {Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own.}


I have a relationship with breakfast tacos.

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It’s kind of a complicated relationship though, since I never actually eat breakfast tacos for breakfast.  I tend to only fraternize with them when I need a quick lunch or dinner.  Oh, but then again on family vacations we’re all about the breakfast tacos (for breakfast).  My dad is rather skilled in his breakfast taco making.  His are the kind where the tortilla is cooked in butter so it gets just barely perfectly crispy and then it’s filled it with bacon and eggs and cheese.  For me, it’s what nostalgia tastes like. 

In less than a month, we’re going on a family trip to my favorite place in the woooorld.  The place where we eat far too much crab and buy all the necessary things from Trader Joe’s and only eat salads if they have chips.  And on this trip I have every intention of eating a second (substantially-sized) breakfast taco every time my dad asks, “who wants another?”

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If there is one addition I could make to the breakfast tacos of vacations past, it’d be the inclusion of an oh-so satisfying salsa.  Say maybe a Tart Cherry Salsa made with Montmorency cherries, roasted tomatoes, a touch of jalapeno (cause I’m a spicy food lightweight) and plenty of cilantro. 

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Speaking of cherries, I always thought it’d be the stuff dreams are made of to get married in a cherry orchard.  Or at least in a place with cherry blossoms.  Like could you imagine getting married here or here.  Those might be the same place…someone more cultured and world-traveled than me should let me know. 

But there isn’t really a plethora of cherry orchards in Houston, so a cherry blossom wedding didn’t seem too realistic.  But I totally would have given out bags of tart cherries as wedding favors.  Who wouldn’t want a wedding favor that is bursting with anthocyanins, a phytonutrient the gives tart cherries their gorgeous ruby-red color.  These little anthocyanins are antioxidants that may be protective of your health.  Simply put, sour fruits/vegetables tend to be good for you…case in point, tart cherries.

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Luckily, tart cherries are a versatile ingredient that easily combines with sweet and savory flavors (just in case you’re not crazy about super tart things).  In this salsa, broiling the tomatoes caramelizes their sugars and brings out their sweetness.  When the sweetly caramelized tomatoes meet the tartness of the cherries, sweet and savory flavors combine for the perfect breakfast taco salsa.

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Want to win your very own year supply of tart cherries and tart cherry juice?!  (yes.) Want to win KitchenAid Mixer, a Le Creuset Dutch Oven and an Anthropologie Apron?! (yes.)  Actually those were both rhetorical questions because pu-lease, who wouldn’t want to win those things.  Enter the contest below and you could be on your way to wearing a really cute apron.

Tart Cherry Salsa Breakfast Tacos
Tart Cherry Salsa
  1. 4 on-the-vine tomatoes, sliced
  2. 1/2 small yellow onion, sliced
  3. 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  4. 1/2 cup cilantro, leaves pulled from stem
  5. 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  6. 1 clove garlic
  7. 1 small lime, juiced
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1 1/2 cup frozen tart cherries, thawed
Breakfast Tacos
  1. 8 corn tortillas
  2. 6-8 eggs, scrambled
  3. 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  4. 1/4 cup cilantro
  1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place tomato slices, onion and red bell pepper in a single layer on your baking sheet. Broil until starting to get brown and charred, 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and add to a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth. Add into the food processor the cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Again, blend until smooth.
  2. Slice most of the tart cherries in half, however leave about a 1/4 cup of them whole. Scoop cherries into a bowl. Pour tomato salsa mixture into the same bowl. Stir everything together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight) to let the flavors blend together. Serve warm or cold.
  3. For the breakfast tacos. Scramble your eggs. Serve warmed corn tortillas topped with scrambled eggs, tart cherry salsa, sharp cheddar and cilantro.
Serves 4 (with leftover salsa)
 P.S. It is highly advisable to use your leftover tart cherry salsa on nachos…and serve them with greek yogurt and all the cilantro you can find.  {and if you’re not feeling tacos or nachos, jump on over to Healthy Aperture to see other tart cherry recipes bloggers are creating.}

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38 comments on “Tart Cherry Salsa Breakfast Tacos + a giveaway!”

  1. I love tart cherries on a huge dollop of Greek yogurt! But I think I would love them this way as well!

  2. I would love to add them to my greek yogurt!!

  3. I’m thinking in a cherry pie!

  4. I’d like to bake banana bread with the cherries, as well as eat them straight outta the bag ;)

  5. Omg these look amazing. I love tacos, and a breakfast taco sounds like a great way to start the day off right! Thanks for sharing

  6. These look great! I love spin on the salsa! I’ll have to try this soon!

  7. I love eating tart cherries in my whole wheat oatmeal pancakes topped with Greek yogurt, more tart cherries, and a drizzle of maple syrup! So good!

  8. I would mix them into smoothies with chocolate protein!

  9. Can you take me with you to California?! I need warm weather. I also need these breakfast tacos! I love it when tart things go well with savory dishes.

  10. I adore anything with cherries so this is going to be a ‘Must Make’ recipe!

  11. I #GoTart with Michigan cherries, usually from the Cherry Republic, they are always amazing! My favorite is making a savory cherry bread from scratch, slicing it up and adding some sharp cheddar for a ridiculous grilled cheese – sometimes with a little cherry marmalade on it too. They also have cherry wines that go perfectly with it but they don’t ship to CO… I need to go to MI again! hahaha

    • I LOVE cherry republic!!!!! Around Christmas time they have a booth at a market here in Houston! I always stock up on EVERYTHING: cherry salsa, chocolate covered cherries, cherry jam…so so good.

  12. Tacos look wonderful. I’d love this tart cherries on my oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon.

  13. I am all about fruit salsas, but I never thought to put cherries in mine. Yum!

  14. Ok, for real, this is brilliant. It reminds me of your jam and egg combos from Instagram. Gots to get me some tart cherries so I can make this now!

  15. My grandfather had Gout and someone once recommended tart cherry juice- he never found it because it just wasn’t big yet. Love the health facts you give here, and love the apron and kitchen aid ;) and the cherries of course!

  16. Nice!!! My grandpa lives up in Michigan so I can go to their main store once a year… it is not enough though! No matter how much I get. :)

    If you ever get a chance, visit! They have this little restaurant/diner next to their wine tasting room and massive cherry gift shop where EVERYTHING on the menu has cherries incorporated in a to-die-for way… I may need to go visit grandpa early now.

  17. I would definitely want to try the cherries in some oatmeal!

  18. I love the sweet and savory combo, so I’m sure I’d love this in my breakfast oats!

  19. I love cherry season! Another good cherry salsa I love is with balsamic vinegar, red onion and basil – on top of a balsamic grilled chicken breast (got the recipe from iowagirleats). Perhaps some feta or goat chèvre sprinkled on top?

    Also #gotart with cherries in plain Greek yogurt or overnight oats with chunks of dark, 70 percent+ chocolate, flax seeds and almonds. Or in a smoothie with chocolate whey protein, banana and almond milk, sprinkled with seeds and almonds and chocolate on top then eaten out of a bowl with a spoon. Like dessert for breakfast! Oh, the possibilities…

  20. Yay Cali! My favorite place as well. :P I really only eat breakfast tacos for lunch or dinner also! And it’s such a shame. I love that you threw tart cherries into the mix!

    I would love to bake them into some cookies!

  21. Wow, I’ve never had tart cherries – but I love all of the ideas above! With greek yogurt sounds delicious!

  22. We have a cherry shop in Ann Arbor, and it is wonderful. Their cherry salsa is DELICIOUS. THen putting cherries in trail mix, smoothies, oatmeal, with chocolate…I’m gonna crave them so bad after reading this post!

  23. Pardon me, while I go make and then bathe in this salsa.

    What? Is that weird??? Ok fine, I’ll settle for just drinking it with a straw. Anything with tart (or any other) cherries is my favorite!!

  24. This salsa looks fantastic! I love tart cherries, especially stirred into my oatmeal. That and a little dollop of almond butter are one of my favorite ways to #gotart. It’s like a grown up PB and J :)

  25. Erik’s favorite pie ever is three berry pie, which he only gets in Door County, WI…I think it’s like tart cherries, blueberries and strawberries or something. Anyway, I would totes make that for him all the time if I won a YEAR’s supply holy crap!!!

  26. I love trying a new flavor of salsa from pineapple, to mango, to hot so tart cherry is next!

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