Easy Breakfast Burritos Recipe

Make Your First Meal of the Day Count

Looking for a hearty, but healthy breakfast for your family? Don't even think fast food - think easy breakfast burritos. In 15 minutes, you can have a meal that will fill you up with healthy protein to power you on your day.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After 10-12 hours of fasting, you are literally "breaking the fast," with your first bite in the morning.

A breakfast loaded with sugar can boost you up quickly, but result in a crash later, leaving you groggy and hungry. Just the right balance of carbohydrates and protein will energize you and keep your blood sugar at a nice, even and consistent level. My tip? Save the sugary breakfasts for the weekend!

This breakfast burrito recipe contains all four of the main food groups: dairy, lean protein, grains and vegetables. The beauty of it, however, is that you can tweak your meal preparation to fit your unique tastes and dietary requirements.

Ham and cheese breakfast burrito
Ham and cheese breakfast burrito

How to Make a Breakfast Burrito

This recipe makes 4 breakfast burritos - perfect for a busy family! In less than 1/2 hour, you can go from start to finish and out the door.

My kids love this recipe and ask for it often!

Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 oz. lean pre-cooked ham or turkey, chopped
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped green onion
  • 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro, if desired
  • 1 T. taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, stir eggs and milk together with a fork, breaking up the yolks (if desired, this recipe can be made with egg whites only - separate the yolks out before adding to the bowl and discard or save yolks for another recipe). Salt and pepper, if desired.

2. Spray a fry pan with non-stick coating and add egg mixture. Cook eggs over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until eggs are done. Stir in grated cheese and pre-cooked ham or turkey, and taco seasoning. Remove from heat and set aside. Clean the fry pan, removing egg remnants.

3. Using the same fry pan, spray again with non-stick coating (or, melt 1-2 T of margarine or butter over medium low heat). Add each tortilla wrap, one at a time and cook over medium heat, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from heat and keep warm.

4. In the center of each tortilla, place about 1/3 c. of the egg mixture, sprinkle chopped tomatoes, onions and herbs over the top and salt and pepper if you wish. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up about 1/4, and then fold in the sides, then roll.

5. Serve with fresh tomato salsa, sour cream, or hot sauce, if desired.

How to Roll a Burrito

What's going in your breakfast burrito?

  • Bacon or sausage! Low-fat isn't in my vocabulary
  • No meat for me, I prefer vegetarian recipes
  • Healthy cuts like turkey or salmon would be my top choice
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Variations on the Basic Breakfast Burrito Recipe

The original breakfast burrito recipe above is fairly low-fat (less than 8 grams of fat for each burrito), and sensible in calorie count (about 300 calories per burrito).

You can decide how healthy you want your own breakfast burrito, however! Here's some suggested revisions that will change the fat and calorie count a bit:

  • Try corn or flour tortillas instead of whole wheat - less fiber and a less "nutty" taste
  • Replace 8 whole eggs with 9-10 egg whites; or use 2 cups of egg substitute and cut out the milk
  • Experiment with different cheeses - pepper jack will add some kick, or try a mild mozzarella or swiss cheese
  • Go meatless or use tofu instead of meat for a tasty veggie burrito!
  • One word: bacon. Sure, its not low-fat, but so tasty and delicious!
  • Try different veggies: chopped white or yellow onions, avocado slices, jalapeno peppers are all excellent.  Try fresh spinach too!  Add healthy fiber with 1/2 c. pinto or black beans
  • Consider adding 1 c. stir-fried cubed russet potatoes for a heartier breakfast dish
  • Change up the herbs and spices - parsley, thyme, or rosemary are good bets. Try stirring in a pinch of curry, or chipotle for something really unique!

I found this Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese breakfast burrito recipe on YouTube - guess what we're making at our home this weekend?

How do you Rate Breakfast Burritos?

4.2 stars from 5 ratings of Easy Breakfast Burritos

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Breakfast Burrito

Fuel Up with a Great Tasting Breakfast Burrito

Now that you know how easy it is to make breakfast burritos, and how you can use healthy ingredients to start your day off right, its time to stir things up in your kitchen!

What ingredients would you include in your own breakfast burrito?

Take the poll to the right, or add your own creative comments below!

Your breakfast burrito can be as healthy as you make it!
Your breakfast burrito can be as healthy as you make it!

© 2010 Stephanie Hicks

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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Very tasty. Thanks.


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ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

very hard to beat that for breakfast. I like those variations a lot too with a little bit of tomato.

Thanks


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Yummy! Smoked salmon breakfast burrito is going to be a big winner around here. What a nice YouTube find, Steph.

Just thinking that you could chop the ham, tomato, and onion and shred the cheese the night before for an even shorter breakfast prep time.

Super recipes. Thanks!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks everyone! I agree that night-before prep is a great way to speed up breakfast cooking. That smoked salmon breakfast burrito does sound awesome, doesn't it? :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

These sound yummy! And since they're portable, they'd be great for meals on the go!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Exactly! Wrap your breakfast burrito in a napkin and you're off :)


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Vangor7 6 years ago from Texas

Great post! Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to give it a try.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Enjoy Vangor- hope you love these breakfast burritos!


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hudlife 6 years ago from South Carolina

I'm always looking for protein packed breakfasts to give our family a good start each day. Thanks for sharing this! I need Easy, so your headline was perfect!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Breakfast burritos are a great, protein-packed way to fill you up and minimize snacking later! Thanks hudlife


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GDiBiase 4 years ago from Portland, ME

Hi Steph,

This sounds yummie, I will have to try it for sure. Thanks for sharing!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

This sounds so good that I'm gonna try the recipe right now. I'll make it with left over ham from Easter. I'm so excited! Thanks for the great information and I am bookmarking it.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Yes! Its a great recipe for leftover ham. In fact... guess what I have in my fridge right now. :) Best, Steph


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

There is NOTHING like a delicious breakfast burrito to start your day off right. This whole hub looks delicious - I could wrap it up and eat it! Hehe. Great ideas and I'm going to link to it from a burrito recipe I'm putting together. :)


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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

I love a bacon and sausage breakfast burrito, my eating habits will probably be the death of me. Great recipe and hub


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

It has meat in it; that's all I need to know. Great recipe and I'll be trying it soon.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love breakfast burritos! That recipe looks so tasty. The ingredients can be so flexible! Wonderful hub. Great photos. Well done as always. Many votes and sharing!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Steph, I have a breakfast wrap almost 5 times a week! I usually use low carb wraps and put them in the press grill for a few minutes making them soooo good. This looks great! Thanks for sharing. Kelley


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

LOL @ billybuc--If it has meat in it--you can have my share, as I'll be leaving it out... ;-)

I think I'd eat this more for a brunch thing, or even dinner (minus the meat, of course). ....We often have "breakfast" for dinner. For breakfast, I prefer things on the sweet side--danish pastries, cereal, donuts, etc..

But, just because I don't want this for breakfast, doesn't mean I don't want to try it at another meal!

Voted up.


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rmcleve 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

This hub looks great and all, but in New Mexico, it is a travesty against the culinary genre of breakfast burrito to go without green or red chile! I was disheartened to see a lack of hashbrowns or beans as well.

Instead of feeling sad, I recommend to everyone who reads this far to make their own New Mexican variation on this classic. Get some chile, potatoes, and beans with those eggs and life will be just so much better. Yum!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

These look delicious steph...can't wait to try, and think they would be such a great idea for a family weekend brunch, lunch or dinner even, as well...cheers


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hey thanks everyone! Yes, I agree that chili sauce is delicious. This recipe was created with kids in mind - but adults.... have no fear. My husband loves to douse his in Tabasco or other hot sauce.

Appreciate all the comments and tips. Best, Steph


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Breakfast burritos are great. I like mine with lots of onions and peppers, no egg. I use sausage in mine with salsa to top it off. Wonderful for on the go. Thanks for publishing your recipe.


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Wow!! Looks tempting and very delicious..wow! Great hub!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The photos are tempting. You make the whole procedure so clear cut and simple.

Will be trying soon. Voting up as useful and awesome. Thanks for sharing. Sharing this hub too on twitter and FB. Pinned it too on pinterest.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm glad I found this Hub on this Sunday morning! I'm going into the kitchen right now and try it out. I'm not real good at rolling a burrito, so I have to go back and check out the video again. I gave this 4 stars!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you everyone! Catching up on comments after a long weekend. Breakfast burritos are one of our favorite weekend treats. With or without meat, onions, spicy sauce or not. I appreciate the comments and the votes. all the best, Steph


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

I love breakfast burritos, I will have to try your recipe. Voted up and useful.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have never made burritos before, but this recipe seems easy enough and straightforward. I also like the whole grain tortillas..Feel less guilty. I suppose you could use just eggwhites if you cannot have yokes. Anyway they look yummy and worth a try.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Carol - with 4 kids ranging from 9-14, we need hearty breakfast recipes that are healthy and low-fat. I love the whole grain tortillas, too. Egg whites work, or even egg substitutes. Best to you, Steph


bestentryDSLR 3 years ago

I am always looking for new ideas when it comes to breakfast. I get sick of just eating toast or oatmeal.


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PFlims207 Forever 15 months ago

LOVE IT!!

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