This grits and chorizo breakfast skillet is the ultimate way to start your day! Cheesy grits are topped with crispy chorizo, perfectly cooked eggs, and a dreamy avocado cilantro crema.

grits and chorizo breakfast skillet

As fun as it is to go out to brunch, there’s something so special about making a late breakfast for my family on the weekends. After a busy week full of work, errands, and rushed dinners, I feel like I can finally slow down the clock, sip my coffee, and cook at my leisure so we can all sit down and share a delicious meal. It sets the perfect tone for the rest of the day!

This grits and chorizo breakfast skillet is truly the brunch meal of my dreams. While I love sweets as much as the next person, when it comes to breakfast I’m ALL about the savory food, and this meal hits all the right notes. I mean, does it get any better than cheesy, creamy grits, spicy chorizo, eggs cooked just enough that you still get a perfectly runny yolk, and a delicious avocado cilantro sauce to finish it all off? I’m going to say no.

grits and chorizo breakfast skillet

To make this grits and chorizo breakfast skillet, you’ll start by cooking the grits. While the grits are going, you’ll cook up a pound of chorizo until it is perfectly browned and crisp. Then, you’ll spoon the grits into a cast iron skillet, make 6 wells in the grits, and crack the eggs in. After that, you just need to spoon over the chorizo, bake the whole thing for 25 minutes, and blend up the sauce!

Grits and Chorizo Breakfast Skillet

5 — Votes 2 votes
By Jess Gaertner
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Upgrade your brunch with one of the most crowd pleasing bakes we’ve ever made!


For the grits:

  • 1 cup grits
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese optional
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the Bake:

  • 1 pound Mexican chorizo casings removed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Avocado Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1 small avocado peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice about ½ lime
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the broth and the salt to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, then whisk in the grits and let it come back to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes, then whisk the grits again, making sure to scrape everything up from the bottom of the pan. Place the lid back on the pan and cook for 15 minutes more, then stir in the butter, pepper, and cheese, then taste and add add up to ½ teaspoon more salt, if desired.
  • While the grits are cooking, add the chorizo to a skillet over medium heat and cook for 7-10 minutes, until crisp, then drain the chorizo of excess grease and set aside.
  • Spread the grits into a 10-inch cast iron or 2.5 quart casserole dish, then make 4 wells in the grits. Crack the eggs into the wells and season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle the chorizo over top of the grits and eggs. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the eggs are set.
  • While the grits and eggs bake, blend the avocado, cilantro, salt, lime juice, and water until smooth.
  • Pour the avocado cilantro sauce over the grit and egg bake and serve!

Recipe Notes

**To make the recipe dairy-free substitute ghee for butter.


Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 268mg | Sodium: 1205mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1373IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 561
Keyword: breakfast skillet, grits skillet

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  1. The recipe can use less cookware and the ingredient list does not include ‘broth’ only water for the grits. I made the chorizo in a nonstick, oven safe skillet; removed and set aside then added the grits to the same skillet. Veggie, or chicken broth, may work although the flavor from the chorizo is salty, and seasoned, enough.

    1. Thank you for sharing your feedback! We will take that into consideration.

  2. My husband and I loved this recipe. I am not a grits fan and it was a great and easy way to prepare them. I did not have an avocado or cilantro on hand so I used sour cream and chives. It worked out well

  3. My husband and I loved this recipe. I am not a grits fan and it was a great and easy way to prepare them. I did not have an avocado or cilantro on hand so I used sour cream and chives. It worked out well

    1. Hi Connie! I am glad that you and your husband enjoyed! Those sound like perfect substitutes. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. -Melissa

  4. This looks amazing! Is there anything to substitute the cilantro? Not a big cilantro fan

  5. Yum! I notice the recipe mentions using water to cook the grits but the directions mention broth. Which do you choose?