Chili-Cheese Scramble

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Recipe: #34652

April 09, 2020

"Use your own favorite homemade chili or open a can. Spoon the chili over scrambled eggs for a hearty Southern breakfast."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (911.9 g)
  • Calories 1188.3
  • Total Fat - 76.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 25.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 2437.3 mg
  • Sodium - 2243.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 26.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
  • Sugars - 8.6 g
  • Protein - 93.3 g
  • Calcium - 628.9 mg
  • Iron - 13 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the half-and-half, the 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Step 2

In an electric skillet set at 325°F, warm the canola oil.

Step 3

Add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Pour in the egg mixture and stir, making large curds, until the eggs are almost cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 5

Sprinkle with the cheese and stir until melted.

Step 6

Divide the scrambled eggs among 6 plates. Top each with 3/4 cup of the beef and bean chili and serve immediately.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For a milder flavor, use mild cheddar cheese instead of sharp.
  • If you don't have a canola oil, you can substitute with vegetable oil.

  • Substitute olive oil for canola oil - Olive oil has a higher smoke point than canola oil, making it a healthier choice for cooking at high temperatures.
  • Substitute turkey or vegetarian chili for beef and bean chili - This substitution is a healthier option that is also lower in fat and calories. It also provides a vegetarian option for those who prefer it.

Vegetarian Chili-Cheese Scramble Replace the beef and bean chili with vegetarian chili. In the electric skillet, add 1 red bell pepper, diced, and 1 jalapeño pepper, diced, with the onion. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the egg mixture and proceed with the recipe as directed.

Mexican Street Corn: This delicious side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Chili-Cheese Scramble. It's a classic Mexican street food made with fresh corn, mayonnaise, chili powder, and lime juice for a zesty, flavorful kick. The sweetness of the corn combined with the spicy chili powder and the tangy lime juice will bring out the flavors of the scramble and make for a truly delicious breakfast.

Chipotle-Lime Black Beans: This flavorful side dish is the perfect compliment to the Chili-Cheese Scramble. Black beans are cooked with chipotle peppers, garlic, and lime for a smoky, zesty flavor. The creamy black beans will provide a nice contrast to the spicy scramble, while the lime and chipotle peppers add a unique and delicious flavor. This dish is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.


Q: Can I use a different type of chili for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use a different type of chili for this recipe. Choose whichever type you prefer, such as beef and black bean chili or turkey chili. Just make sure to adjust the amount of chili accordingly.

Q: Can I make this recipe in advance?

A: Yes, you can make this recipe in advance. Refrigerate the chili and reheat it when you're ready to serve. Alternatively, you can freeze the chili and reheat it when needed.

1 Reviews


What a great way to use up leftover chili, this turned out so tasty!!!. I scaled the recipe down to two as I only had a bit of chili left. Hubby asked to have this added to our regular rotation which is great in my books.


review by:
(8 May 2020)

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Fun facts:

The combination of chili and cheese has been popular in Southern cuisine since the late 1800s. The dish is believed to have been invented by a Texas rancher named Charles Goodnight, who was also a famous cowboy.

Chili-Cheese Scramble is a favorite of celebrity chef Bobby Flay, who has been known to serve it at his restaurants and in his cookbooks. He even includes the dish in his popular brunch menu.