The Beauty of the Breakfast Burrito

This recipe and photography was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla and discover her recipes at

Wake up, sleepy head.

Yes, it’s hard to be a morning person. But not so hard when you have a yummy breakfast to look forward to. Enter the breakfast burrito. It’s so fast and easy, you’ll never have to skip breakfast again. A burrito is full of vegetables and loaded with protein. It’s hot and you can carry it with you to eat on the way to work, saving you time and maybe even allowing a few extra minutes of shuteye.

Easy Breakfast Burritos with Vegetables Behind on Plate

To help get your day under way, I’ve included a recipe here for a vegetarian burrito with black beans as well as a meat lovers’ sausage and spinach burrito. These recipes are super simple because when it comes to breakfast, simple is best, but I like to think of these recipes as an outline where you can swap out ingredients on the list for similar ingredients you may have in your fridge and pantry.

Because burritos are a classic easy-going type of recipe, the filling should be cooked up in one skillet for super quick assembly. Sometimes I cook up a batch of filling and keep it in the fridge where it will keep chilled and covered for up to 3 days. That way I can assemble a burrito, warm it in the microwave and hit the road. Or you can assemble the burritos, wrap in plastic, zip up in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Just microwave for 1 or 2 minutes and they are hot and ready to go.

There are about a thousand different ways to make a breakfast burrito. The main ingredients are eggs and a wrap to roll it up in, but from there you can add almost anything inside from vegetables to cheeses and meats. Sausage and bacon are classic breakfast favorites, but you can personalize your burrito by trying different kinds of sausage from basic breakfast to chorizo, Sicilian, smoked, turkey and even vegan sausage (yes, that is a thing).

Cheese is a major burrito ingredient and when it comes to the cheese, it should melt nicely. Melty burrito cheeses include Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella and Colby, but goat cheese, feta, Havarti and Swiss are tasty as well.

The accompaniments cannot be overlooked. What would a burrito be without sour cream, avocado, hot sauce and salsa? Other additions are freshly diced tomatoes, cilantro or pickled jalapeno.

If you’re like me, you may feel like whipping up a breakfast burrito for dinner some night and making them a little fancier. I’ve had a hankering for, chorizo, onion, sweet potato, Swiss Chard and goat cheese burrito in a spinach wrap. Yum! So, wake up, sleepy head. Breakfast (or lunch or dinner) just got a whole lot easier.

Check out my favorite combination suggestions below to find your breakfast burrito nirvana. It all starts with eggs and wraps then add vegetables and cheese.

  • For the Mediterranean Muncher: Spinach Mushroom and Feta
  • For the Sweet Tooth Sensation: Nutella, Banana and Walnut
  • For the California Club Craver: Bacon, Peppers and Avocado
  • For the Spice Girl or Guy: Ham, Green Chile and Pepper Jack
  • For the Comfort Food Cook: Refried Beans, Tater Tots, Sausage and Cheddar
  • For the Queso Queen or King: Chorizo, Queso and Potato
  • For the Farm-Fresh Finder: Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato, Corn and Colby Jack

Click Here to View the Full Recipe for my Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito.

Click Here to View the Full Recipe for my Meat Lover’s Breakfast Burrito.

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