The Real Breakfast Burrito

The Real Breakfast Burrito

The breakfast burrito was invented in 1975 in the southwestern state New Mexico (USA).

In New Mexico it has long been popular to eat your morning eggs and bacon alongside a flour tortilla.

About The Breakfast Burrito

The popularity of burritos in the U.S. first took hold in Southern California around the 1950’s.

The idea of the “breakfast burrito” was first coined in a restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M.

Lower Right Photo: Nick Maryol, owner of Tia Sophias

The restaurant, Tia Sophia’s make the claim to have been the first to put the words “breakfast burrito” on its menu in 1975 (Source).

How To Make A Real Breakfast Burrito

The breakfast burrito or the breakfast wrap is typically composed of breakfast items wrapped inside a flour tortilla.

The breakfast items can include any combination but not limited too are: eggs, potatoes, cheese, salsa, onions, refried beans, sour cream, peppers such as Jalapeños or Serrano chilies among many others, and including meats like bacon or chorizo.


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The tortilla is lightly grilled or steamed to soften it, making it more pliable, and allowing it to adhere to itself.

After warning the tortilla remove it from the heat and place it on a plate.

Once the tortilla is warmed and placed on the plate, start to spoon in the middle of the tortilla the breakfast ingredients you want.

Need some ideas? Try one or all of the following.

Eggs Peppers & Smoked Bacon Breakfast Burrito

Place a tortilla onto a heat proof skillet and add to the middle of the tortilla a handful of Monterey Jack Cheese.

Next place the skillet under the broiler until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and place tortilla onto a plate.

Add two slices of crisp cooked smoked bacon over melted cheese.

Next add two scrambled eggs with 2 chopped mini-sweet peppers.

Wrap into a burrito and enjoy.

Shredded BBQ Chicken & Jack Cheese Breakfast Burrito

Place a tortilla onto a heat proof skillet.

Next add 1 cup of cooked minced chicken meat (breast, thigh, leg your choice) spooned down the middle section of tortilla.

Next add one whole sautéed green onion over meat. Spoon 3 or 4 tablespoons of your favorite bbq sauce over meat and onion.

Next sprinkle a handful of Jack Cheese over bbq sauce and place skillet under broiler until cheese melts.

About 2 minutes on high broiler or 3-4 minutes on low broiler.

Remove from broiler and place tortilla with heated toppings onto a dinner plate.

Wrap into a burrito and enjoy.

Bean and Cheese Breakfast Burrito with Root Vegetables

Spread 3-4 tablespoons of cooked refried pinto beans and 3/4 cup cheese. Could be Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, and Sharp Cheddar among others.


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Place the tortilla in a heat proof skillet and put under a high heat broiler. Leave there for 1-2 minutes or until cheese melts, but not overly toasted.

Remove skillet from broiler and place on stove top.

Next spoon over top of melted cheese 1/4 cup chopped sautéd cherry tomatoes and 1 green onion diced. Add 1/2 cup of some root vegetables shredded (your choice).

With this burrito we used shredded daikon radish and purple carrot.

Next add 2-3 scrambled eggs over vegetable mix.

Wrap into a burrito and enjoy.

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