There is nothing worse than being late for work, except for maybe being late for work AND being hungry. I am self-admittedly always late, and getting up earlier doesn’t seem to work for me because then I just take longer to get ready. I know, it makes no sense.
I’ve been this way my whole life. When I was a kid, my dad used to always fight to get me to wake up for school. I would ignore my alarms, press the snooze button repeatedly, and then he would start trying to get me up. I used to APOLOGIZE to him the night before for it. Goodness. Anyway, unfortunately it isn’t a habit I grew out of, so anything I can do to save me time in the morning is cool.
So, a couple of years ago, my sister shared this frozen breakfast burrito recipe with me. We have made them several times – they are so handy to have in the freezer and actually microwave really well. It’s been about 6 months or so since we have had any, so I made a new batch today.
I adjusted the recipe from MomOnTimeout.com a few different ways to suit our tastes, but use the overall idea.
Basically, the way we make them includes:
- 1 pound bacon, crumbled
- 1 pound breakfast sausage, browned
- 1 sweet pepper, diced
- 1/2 sweet onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
- 2 cups sliced potatoes, pre-cooked
- 2 dozen eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- 25-30 medium-sized flour tortillas
- Butter, salt, pepper to taste
First, I get two 12-inch cast iron pans preheated and start with cooking the bacon and sausage (1 pan for bacon, 1 for sausage.) When all is done, I put the meat on paper towel lined plates to drain the fat. For recipes like this, I cut the bacon into pieces before I fry it. It seems faster to me to do it this way, but if you’d rather you could cook the pieces whole and then crumble into pieces.
When the meat is done, in one of the pans I also cook the peppers and onions until they are tender (I do about 15 minutes on medium heat, making sure to keep stirring so they don’t burn.) Today, I used sweet peppers from the freezer (from last fall’s Farmer’s Market stash), and two Hatch chile peppers from New Mexico (also from the freezer from last summer when they were in season and actually available to buy at an area grocery store.)
After the meat and peppers/onions are all done, I switch to a non-stick pan because even though i love my cast iron, I haven’t really been able to master cooking either potatoes or eggs in them.
For the potatoes, I always have thinly sliced pre-cooked potatoes in the freezer, it’s how we preserve most of our garden potatoes in the fall. I freeze them in gallon Ziploc bags and for this recipe, I use half of one bag. I let them thaw completely before frying them in just a bit of vegetable oil on medium heat.
As everything gets done, I mix half of each ingredient together in a large bowl (because even if you do have a large enough bowl, if you put everything in it, it is really hard to stir.)
For the burrito shells, I usually try to use the Tortilla Land raw flour tortillas – you can get them at Costco, but there is a store locator on their website. They are raw and in the refrigerator section at the store – and need to be briefly cooked in the pan on both sides, which adds a bit of time to this process. You can just use your favorite regular packaged tortillas too, but we like these so use them when available.
The last step is to mix the eggs with the milk, and scramble the eggs. Today I used 20 beautiful, large brown eggs from our 4 chickens (thanks, ladies.) They are pretty big, so I think it was equal to 2 dozen if not a little more. We scramble them until they are almost done, and then add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir in. Once the eggs are done, we stirred half of them into each bowl, and then wrapped the burritos.
My husband helped me with the wrapping part, and he is a bit more generous with the filling. We each took a bowl and a cookie sheet, and I ended up with 14 and he ended up with 9. Ha! Anyway – we got 25 burritos total. If I had been the only one wrapping, I think I would have gotten 30 burritos … but hey. When you have someone offering to help, you take it.
The baking sheets we were putting them on as we wrapped were lined with wax paper (I would have used parchment but we are out.) We were careful not to let the shells touch each other so they don’t freeze together, and then we put the baking sheets as you see them here in the top of our chest freezer. Once they are frozen, I will put them in freezer bags for longer term storage. In the past, I have individually wrapped them in plastic wrap, but I think I will skip that step this time and see how they do.
It did take about 2 hours for all of this, plus the time it took me to do the dishes afterwards, but we now have 12+ breakfasts for two. (And I’m actually kind of slow in the kitchen, so you could probably do it faster.) Cost-wise,if you purchased all of the ingredients I have listed above (which I didn’t because I had garden potatoes, and eggs from my chickens) – but I would say it would be under $20. That is less than $1 per burrito. Pretty awesome!
Note: This is the combination we use. There’s no reason you couldn’t do a spinach/mushroom/feta cheese option, or veggies only, or use egg whites only, or opt for whole wheat tortillas, try it with turkey sausage or bacon, etc. This is the combination we like but you can be creative with it and come up with your own “favorite” combination!
When it’s time to take them out of the freezer to heat, I’m not going to put specific times here because all microwaves are different. I would recommend wrapping the burrito in a damp paper towel, and maybe start with 1-2 minutes and check it. If you have time, it works well to do 1-2 minutes and let it sit in microwave a few minutes, and then do like 30 seconds to a minute longer. Again, time depends on your microwave. My husband likes to put salsa or hot sauce on his. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.
If you make these, I hope you enjoy!
You might also like my blog post about making Smoothie Freezer Packs, something else I make ahead to save time in the morning!