Peppers and Onions Scrambled Eggs

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This 10-minute meal of scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, cheese and hot sauce with a generous sprinkle of cilantro works equally well for breakfast or dinner. Which may be why we can’t stop making it. Psst…Want to learn how to up your basic scrambled eggs game? Learn how to cook scrambled eggs perfectly every time.

scrambled eggs cooked with onion and red bell pepper, sprinkled with cotija cheese, cilantro, and hot sauce, on a black plate on a white background

Why we love this recipe

Here’s something I probably shouldn’t put in writing: One day a couple of weeks ago, our tween daughter had a helluva cough and plowed through a whole bag of mentholated cough drops in one day. By that night she was MUCH more giggly than usual, especially for someone not feeling so well. “I think I’m high on cough drops!” she said, laughing and dancing around the kitchen.

We all thought it was pretty funny and didn’t make a big deal out of it. I didn’t even Google whether it was possible to be high on mentholated cough drops.

A great hangover breakfast

The next morning she slept really late, and when she woke up she asked for a big plate of eggs with peppers and onions and cheese and hot sauce. In other words, hangover food.

Whoops! 

The worst part is, I’m not even sorry it happened, because this meal is damn good. I’ve made it a couple more times since, and it always hits the spot. Even if you’re not recovering simultaneously from an illness and a cough drop problem. Even if you’re not recovering from anything, but when is that really ever the case?

collage of 8 steps making peppers and onions scrambled eggs

Ingredients for peppers and onions scrambled eggs

Here’s what you’ll need to make this meal:

  • Olive oil (or butter)
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Really good eggs (we’ve been crushing on Pete & Gerry’s)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cotija cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Hot sauce (we recommend Cholula)
collage of 8 steps making peppers and onions scrambled eggs

How to make peppers and onions scrambled eggs

Here’s all you need to do to make this quick, satisfying meal. You can see all the steps in action in the video that accompanies this post.

  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy nonstick pan. (We love love love the Anolon pans linked in the recipe card below.)
  • Add the diced onion and bell pepper, along with a good pinch of salt (we use basil salt in the video just for fun) and cook, stirring frequently, until they’re softened to your liking.
  • Beat the eggs with a fork until homogenous and pour into the pan. Turn the heat to medium-low.
  • Cook the eggs until just set throughout, waiting for them to set on the underside and then pulling them with a silicone spatula from the edges to the center of the pan. (You’ll repeat this process a few times.)
  • Slide the peppers and onions scrambled eggs onto serving plates and sprinkle with crumbled cotija, chopped fresh cilantro, hot sauce, freshly ground black pepper, and more salt if you like.

What is cotija cheese?

Cotija cheese is a crumbly white cheese made primarily from cow’s milk. It’s available in a lot of big supermarkets in the U.S., but you can substitute feta if you can’t find it.

closeup of scrambled eggs cooked with onion and red bell pepper, sprinkled with cotija cheese, cilantro, and hot sauce, on a black plate on a white background

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Peppers and Onions Scrambled Eggs

Peppers and onions scrambled eggs, topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, and hot sauce, make a great hearty vegetarian breakfast.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Cholula or other hot sauce, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a 10-inch nonstick skillet. Add peppers and onions along with a good pinch of salt. Cook for a few minutes, until softened to your liking. Meanwhile, scramble the eggs in a medium bowl.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Pour eggs into the skillet and cook, pulling to the center with a silicone spatula as the set underneath, until just cooked through. Divide between two plates and top with cheese, cilantro, hot sauce to taste as well as more salt if you like and some freshly ground black pepper.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 369 Total Fat:: 25.8g Carbohydrates:: 14g Fiber:: 3g Protein:: 20.2g

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