Original Jose's Special
Author: Anita
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh basil (or ½ tsp dried basil)
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • splash of tabasco
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ cup diced green chiles
  • 1 lb fresh spinach (4 cups) or 1 10-oz package frozen spinach, thawed & drained
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese for topping
  1. Beat the 6 eggs in a large bowl, blend in the basil and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter with olive oil and saute the onions over medium heat until translucent. Add the pressed garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the tabasco, ground beef, salt, pepper, and cumin. Brown the beef while breaking it up into small chunks. Drain off any excess fat and stir in the green chiles.
  4. Add the spinach, turn heat to low, cover and let cook/steam for about 5 minutes to let the spinach fully wilt and cook. (If using frozen spinach, it only takes a couple minutes.)
  5. Stir the spinach and beef well to mix, then pour the eggs over the top and gently stir in to blend the mixture. Let the eggs fully set, about 2 minutes, and serve.
  6. Top each serving with grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Waaay back in 1937 San Francisco, at Original Joe's a dish was introduced that became legendary. Is it a super breakfast egg dish or a main dish for dinner? Whatever you want. It's certainly really tasty and filling. You can find many versions of it on the web, ranging from scrambled eggs with lots of ground beef and spinach to versions so meaty you can't even tell there are eggs in it.

Making a Southwestern version was a no-brainer - it's at least as good as the original. I'm calling it "Original Jose's Special" as a play on the original. It's really Original Anita's Special. Everybody loves this. It's not a diet dish, but it's great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try it - you'll like it!
Recipe by Denver Green Chili at https://denvergreenchili.com/recipes/breakfast/original-joses-special/