Students and workers in Sheffield can catch the Mexican wave and spice up their mornings with some of the most nutritious and energy-sustaining breakfasts going.

From Tijuana to Cancun, Mexicans hot-wire the day with dishes packed with vitamins, protein, healthy fats, slow-energy release pulses… And a liberal amount of chilli, which scientists believe helps people to live longer, healthier lives.

Sheffield brand Street Food Chef has taken another stroll down Mexico Way and launched the city’s first full Mexican breakfast menu.

Its all-day breakfast burritos, tacos and quesadillas have been so popular, the cantina chain has expanded the morning menu with recipes from Mexican families who are regular customers.

Seven dishes will be served from in the mornings at Street Food Chef’s cantinas on Sharrowvale Road and Arundel Street in the city centre.

Consumption of hot red chillis – which figure largely in Mexican dishes, including huevos rancheros, the nation’s favourite way of eating eggs for breakfast – is believed to make people live longer.

A study of over 16,000 Americans by the University of Vermont discovered deaths among those who regularly ate spicy dishes containing red chillis were 13 per cent lower over 23 years.  The chilli pepper’s main component, capsaicin, could help prevent obesity and improve coronary blood flow, the study found.

Mexican Streetfood Chef

Street Food Chef’s new dishes will also be spicing things up in the workplace. The company’s outside catering division is offering a Mexican buffet to local companies staging staff meetings, large-scale business events and conferences throughout the Sheffield City Region.

Said Richard Golland, who set up Street Food Chef with his wife Abi in 2010: “A Mexican breakfast is a really nutritious start to the working day. It is packed full of superfoods such as avocado, black beans, coriander and tomato, plus protein and good carbs which slowly release energy, keeping you going for longer. Even if you miss lunch, you won’t run out of steam.

“It’s a far healthier option to the usual business breakfast of bacon butties and Danish pastries.”

Explained Abi Golland: “We’ve offered an all-day breakfast taco, burrito and quesadilla since we opened eight years ago, but always knew there was far more variety to breakfast-time in Mexico, and we believe now is the perfect time to launch it.

“Breakfast and brunch cafe culture has really taken off across the nation and Sheffield is no exception. People want to go out to eat their first meal of the day and they want something tasty, unusual and nutritious. Mexican fits the bill.”

The new breakfast menu launches on October 17 and on October 18, local businesses will be invited to a breakfast networking event for the launch of Street Food Chef’s Mexican breakfast buffet catering service.

Diners will be asked to donate a minimum of £1 to Street Food Chef’s favourite local charity, St Wilfred’s Centre, and/or Macmillan Cancer Support’s Go Sober for October campaign, which both Richard and Abi Golland have signed up to.