2016 Cowboy Breakfast: What you need to know

Cowboy Breakfast to be held Jan. 29 at 4:30 a.m. at Cowboys Dancehall


SAN ANTONIO – It’s almost time to rodeo San Antonio and the 38th-annual Cowboy Breakfast is ready to kick off nearly a full month of roping and riding across the Alamo City.

The Cowboy Breakfast is the unofficial warmup to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo which runs this year from Feb. 11-28. 

Thousands of people are expected to attend the breakfast early Friday morning on Jan. 29 in the parking lot of Cowboys Dancehall.

The menu includes thousands of sausage and eggs tacos, chorizo and egg tacos, biscuits and gravy, tamales, juice and coffee. (Look below for more details on the menu!)

The event was recognized in 2001 as the World's Largest Cooked Breakfast by the Guinness Book of World Records. Organizers are trying for a new Guinness World Record this year, “The Most Tacos Served!”

The first Cowboy Breakfast was held in 1979 at Central Park Mall. It began as an impromptu send-off for trail riders heading out for annual pilgrimages to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

Here's everything else you need to know before you head out there:  


Friday Jan. 29, from 4:30 - 8:30a.m.— the earlier you get there, the better. Lines will be long. Food does run out.  


Parking lot of Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE LOOP 410 at I-35 

Shuttle and parking:

Free shuttle buses will run continuously to and from the Cowboy Breakfast from the parking lot of the Santikos Realto Theater, 2938 N.E. Loop 410. Parking also will be available onsite at Cowboys Dancehall. 

Price: FREE!

You can get in line as many times as you like—but be prepared to wait. 


Emcee will be Jackie Van De Walle, chairman emeritus of the ACCD Foundation. Music will start at 5:15 a.m.  

Texas-sized full menu includes:    

  • 34,000 Mission tortillas 
  • 10,000 Pruski’s sausage & eggs tacos
  • 12,000 Kiolbassa chorizo & egg tacos
  • 8,000 bacon & egg tacos
  • 5,000 potato & egg tacos
  • 5,000 Kiolbassa Sausage Wraps
  • 2,500 servings of Pioneer Biscuits & Gravy
  • 8,000 Pioneer biscuits & Kiolbassa Sausage
  • 10,000 Rudy's BBQ beef tacos
  • 10,000 Delicious tamales
  • 8,000 Mrs. Baird's sweet rolls
  • 5,000 pints of Oak Farms milk & orange juice
  • 15,000 cups of McDonald's special roast coffee
  • 20,000 servings of picante sauce by Simply Fresco  

Scores of sponsors and more than 300 volunteers produce the event, the unofficial kickoff to the rodeo.

Proceeds fund scholarships for students in St. Phillip’s College’s Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Department, one of only 25 in the world rated exemplary by the American Culinary Federation.

Click here for more information on the event.

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