Breakfast Burritos are such a quick and easy meal to make, especially when you’re pushed for time. My version of breakfast burrito is packed with protein, veggies and some hearty sweet potatoes. The toppings (or shall we say, filling?) are endless for this burrito, because you can add or take away ingredients, depending on what you fancy. Or what’s available.
So today I’ll share with you the recipe AND the inspiration for this recipe. He’s someone so deeply connected with breakfast burrito, and so I named him, “THE BURRITO MAN”.
Here Comes the Burrito
First of all, Burrito is traditionally a Mexican dish, but today you see it around the world. Think: Music. Carlos Santana. A pioneer in Latin American + rock music back in the late 60s and early 70s. Born in Mexico but his music (up to now!) is played even in Europe and the far flung islands of Asia. In the culinary world, burrito (along with its homies… the enchiladas, quesadillas, guacamole, etc.) has exploded globally! Side note: speaking of guacamole, you can find a simple and easy recipe for Creamy Guacamole Dip here.
Maybe not everybody knows that “burrito” means “little donkey” in Spanish, a small “burro”. But for sure people know and can identify that burrito-shape even from miles away! Oh yeah, that shape. Undeniably a burrito. It’s almost like a sleeping bag, right? Hmmm…maybe that’s why it’s connected with donkeys, since they do carry packs and bags on their backs when they travel. My goodness, these traveling donkeys don’t know how to travel light! Ha-Ha-Ha!
Because burrito traveled to different places, it has developed into different regional varieties. From Mexico, burrito has spread to the southern part of United States — via neighboring states Texas (that’s why we have Tex-Mex style of cooking) New Mexico, Arizona and California. The result? A Burrito party, oh yeah!
Meet the Burrito Family
Ready to meet the Burrito family? Gosh, there are as many versions as there are creative cooks out there!
There’s San Francisco Burrito (a.k.a. Mission Burrito, a larger variety and has a lot ingredients – rice, beef, whole beans, sour cream and onions), San Diego Style Burrito (a simpler version, just meat, cheese and salsa), and California Burrito (combines French fries and cheese with traditional burrito fillings).
Other types include Kosher Burrito, Sushi Burrito (Mexican + Japanese style), Kogi Burrito (Mexican + Korean style), and sooo much more.
And then finally, there is Breakfast Burrito. The concept of breakfast burrito is actually American-style, and reportedly invented in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to “The Breakfast Bible” by Emina & Eggs. It’s that love story between a flour tortilla and a cooked breakfast — and from that, the breakfast burrito was born.
Breakfast Burrito for a Hero
My friend, there is no law that imposes what you should eat for breakfast. Nada. But yeah, there are recommendations, and some typical eating patterns that we see. Like eggs, for instance. For some of you, it ain’t breakfast until there are eggs on the table — sunny side up, boiled, poached, name it. Just give them eggs. Or just maybe, you’re more of the cereal-type, something like coconut granola or raisin bran. For a few others rice-centric individuals, they will die if they don’t have rice for breakfast! You get the point.
In our household, burrito is one food item we do serve for breakfast.
Which is now my cue. Drum roll please.
Okay, time to reveal my small secret. In our kitchen, this is my go to “Breakfast Burrito” for “THE BURRITO MAN”. Sounds like a superhero with a cape, huh? But this man is indeed a TRUE hero in many ways. Who else but my loving husband, the ultimate burrito lover.
Putting Them All Together
While I am sharing with you my recipe, feel free to use your own combination of ingredients to put inside your breakfast burrito.
For me, I used sweet potatoes, bell pepper, mushrooms, and just the white part of green onions. The color combination is just fab! The sweet potatoes are yellow-orange, and so they blend well with the red bell peppers and white onions, plus the light brown of the mushrooms. Lovely!
Now let’s “preview” the taste. So I added some cinnamon when I cooked the sweet potatoes over low-medium heat. This amazing and healthy spice will do wonders as it livens up the flavor of sweet potatoes. Just a little will add zing to the dish, trust me!
Another component: eggs. For the egg lovers out there, here’s the best part! Gosh, scrambled eggs! Now that’s the “breakfast” part of the “breakfast burrito”. It’s the total package, isn’t it? Just wrap everything inside the warm flour tortilla and “THE BURRITO MAN” is good to go! As a result, he is no longer one, very hangry man but one very, happy man!
I really hope you will enjoy making this recipe as much I enjoyed preparing it myself. For me, cooking is all about love. Also, it’s not a chore nor a job (although sometimes we may feel like it is!) but an amazing way to take part in creation. Rather, it’s transforming something intangible like LOVE and CARE to something tangible (and delicious!) like serving food to the people you love and care for. Yeah, sounds deep huh? I must be getting hungry ha-ha-ha!
Well, seems like this breakfast burrito will be a winner in your next meal! Most of all, satisfaction guaranteed by THE BURRITO MAN himself!
Finally, it’s time to cook!