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Breakfast Burrito


Serves 4

  • by from Just Tacos: 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Burritos come from the north of Mexico, where flour tortillas are king. These make a complete breakfast in a package. They can be wrapped in foil to keep them warm.

  • Four 10- to 12-inch flour tortillas
  • 4 Tbs. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 canned chipotles en adobo, chopped, including some sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3⁄4 tsp. salt, divided
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 Tbs. Mexican crema or milk
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, quartered, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Wrap the flour tortillas together flat in foil and heat in the oven until warm, 10 minutes. While the tortillas are heating, heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and cook the onion, stirring, until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato, chipotles, beans, and 1⁄2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring until heated through, for about 5 minutes.

In a medium nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 Tbs. oil over medium heat. Scramble the eggs and crema or milk with a fork and add them to the pan. Cook the eggs, stirring, until curds form, season with the remaining 1⁄4 tsp. salt, and remove from the heat when they’re still slightly moist.

Lay a warm tortilla flat and arrange the fillings in a row side by side: 1⁄4 of the eggs, 1⁄4 of the bean mixture, 1⁄4 of the cheese, 1⁄4 of the sliced avocado, and 1⁄4 of the chopped cilantro. Fold up the bottom of the tortilla over some of the filling and fold in the sides to make an open package. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and serve the burritos immediately.


To make it a Rice and Beans Burrito, substitute 2 cups of warm cooked rice for the eggs.

Serving Suggestions

If you're making the burritos for dinner, serve with crunchy Jícama, Radish, and Pickled Shallot Salad.

Photo: Romulo Yanes

Made this per the recipe and the family will not stop asking for it. Delicious!!

I have recently been widowed and am having difficulty getting enthused about cooking for one! However, this recipe appealed to me. I divided the quantities by 4, and had it for dinner tonight, exactly as the recipe was written. It was great. I made a salad as suggested, but you don't need it, as it is very filling. Great combination of veggies, protein and starch, with a nice bite. Definitely going to have this for dinner again.

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