Sunday, February 26, 2012

Breakfast Burritos Bonanza

One of my all-time favorite indulgences are breakfast burritos.  I am talking a REAL breakfast burrito. For those of you not lucky enough to partake in one of these delectable meals, a breakfast burrito might contain savory ingredients such as eggs, your choice of breakfast meats- sausage, bacon, ham, or the ever-popular chorizo, potatoes, cheese, and if you really want to go all out, include salsa, sour cream, beans, whatever your heart desires!  However, let me clarify that a real breakfast burrito requires green chili. This is a must.

In Colorado,one can find an authentic Mexican place selling savory breakfast burritos in almost every neighborhood of town or even from a cart.  They used to even deliver to our school. $2 bucks cash and you had yourself the most yummy breakfast creation known to man.  I enjoyed them more than I would like to admit.  However, now that I am back in the midwest, I am lucky if anyone knows what a breakfast burrito is or if they do, it is an oddity sold by the local fast food joints.  I am ashamed to say that sometimes I would even break down and get a paltry fast food replacement, but it is no comparison to the real thing.  Taco John's, McDonald's, even Qdoba has nothing on the genuine breakfast burrito.

So I have been majorly craving these, but also looking for a way to save a few bucks.  We needed an easy meal that we can grab and run on frantic work mornings, so I decided to make a big batch of breakfast burritos and freeze them.  Much to my dismay, this batch does not have green chili. I know, I know- did someone say "hypocrite"?  Oh well, they are still really darn good and the next time we make green chili, I am storing away some extra just for this purpose. I just didn't have the time or energy to take on both of these projects today.

*Makes about 16 burritos
1 dozen eggs
1/2 onion- chopped
1/2 green pepper- chopped
Fresh cilantro (optional)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 lb. turkey breakfast sausage (You can substitute any meat you choose)
1 bag shredded cheese
1 bag of frozen shredded potatoes
Garlic salt
Black pepper
Salsa or sour cream to taste

Start by browning the meat.

I then chopped the onion, green pepper, and eventually the cilantro.  (I bought cilantro for dinner the other night.  I inevitably always have WAY too much cilantro and it goes to waste.  I thought this was the perfect way to use some more of it up.)

Next, I added the chopped veggies and the black beans to the meat mixture and sauteed.

I then used a large pan to scramble all the eggs at once. I like to add black pepper and garlic salt to my eggs. I also added about a 1/2 cup of water to the mixture to give the eggs a little more fluff. Continue to stir the eggs until they scramble and then remove from the heat.

I also cooked 1 bag of frozen shredded potatoes.

Now it is time for burrito construction.  I used medium-sized sheets of aluminum foil, placing one tortilla on the foil, and then I made a sort of assembly line. I placed each ingredient in the tortilla one at a time.  I scooped the eggs on first, then potatoes, then the meat/veggie/bean mixture. Sprinkle cheese over the top of each burrito. 

Top with salsa and then roll in foil. 

Place the burritos in the freezer.  Now you have a quick breakfast, ready to be reheated and eaten on the go.  Be sure to remove foil before reheating. Enjoy! 


  1. Want me to send you some 505 Green chili? That's the kind I used to put in the BB's that I made for our meal club... they sell it at Sam's in a big bulk jar... I really can send you some. Its pretty darn good, especially since its just the store bought kind, and not home-made...

  2. Kristin- I am actually not a big fan of the 505, but thanks! I will hopefully come to Colorado soon and get my fix!

  3. I just had one of these for breakfast today, and it came out perfectly! It was so good! I let it defrost for about an hour and a half, took off the foil, and heated in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes on each side.