Paleo Southwest Breakfast Scramble

In honor of South by Southwest (SXSW) starting this week here in Austin, Texas, I decided to add a little Texas flavor to this week’s recipe. This Paleo Southwest Breakfast Scramble has the perfect amount of Southwestern spice that’s packed with 31.5 grams of protein per serving.

This Paleo Southwest Breakfast Scramble is Whole 30 and Paleo diet compliant and can be served on its own, topped with the hot sauce of your choice (I used Yellowbird Habanero Hot Sauce).

Where the Tex Meets the Mex

Southwestern and Tex-Mex flavors are bold, smoky, and earthy. This Paleo Southwest Breakfast Scramble combines smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder to give it a bold smoky flavor.

Peppers are a staple in many Tex-Mex recipes. This recipe brings together red and green bell peppers with fresh jalapeños. Pro-tip: leave the seeds in to give it a little more kick. Something to note: If you are following an AIP diet or are sensitive to nightshade vegetables, you must skip the peppers, which are not AIP diet compliant.

Finally, topping it off with fresh cilantro and some habanero sauce will give your morning a little more heat.

A High Protein Breakfast

This Paleo Southwest Breakfasts Scramble is the perfect high-protein breakfast. Animal protein is the best source of protein because it contains high amounts and all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.

One pound of lean ground turkey contains 90 grams of protein, while one egg contains six grams. This recipe calls for six eggs, meaning the total protein content is 126 grams of protein or 31.5 grams per serving.

When you consume protein from an animal or plant, your body breaks it down into its amino acids, which are transported through the bloodstream to where the amino acids rebuild the protein for muscle repair and cell development. Learn more in this article.

What to Serve With It

I made home fries as my side dish. While white potatoes are now allowed on a Whole 30 or Paleo diet, you must be careful how you cook them. Cooking them in industrialized fats such as vegetable oil or canola oil is not compliant. I cooked mine in coconut oil.

If you want a healthier option for a side, sweet potatoes are an excellent substitute for white potatoes. You could always just make it a breakfast bowl. If you make it, comment below and tell me how it was.

Paleo Southwest Breakfast Scramble

Serving Size:
4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 1 lb ground turkey (I used 90% lean)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and sliced
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil (can sub avocado oil)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 avocado for garnish
  • handful of cilantro for garnish


  1. Dice peppers and onion, and mince garlic
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet
  3. Add in onion, garlic and peppers sautéing until peppers begin to soften (about 5 minutes)
  4. Add turkey and spices and cook until no longer pink, breaking meat into crumbles
  5. While turkey is cooking, crack eggs in a small bowl, add salt and pepper, and scramble with a whisk
  6. Once meat is cooked, create a opening in center of skillet and pour in eggs and leave alone
  7. Once the eggs begin to set, gently mix everything together
  8. Serve on a plate and top with cilantro, avocado, and hot sauce (optional)
About Michael
About Michael

Michael is a functional health coach and sports nutritionist based in Austin, Texas. He has a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas and advanced certification in sports nutrition from the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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