Guest post: Breakfast Burritos

The boyfriend here.

A cafetière half-full of coffee, brewing

This is something that I make for Eleanor which she seems to really like. I think “burrito” is pushing it, but it’s all kinds of tasty breakfast things wrapped in a tortilla. Super simple to make.

Mine serves one and needs:

  • One plain flour tortilla
  • One egg
  • 1/2 a tin of baked beans
  • 1/2 a white onion
  • A few slices of cheese (probably cheddar) — you can leave this out to make it dairy-free
  • A spoonful or two of guacamole
  • A splash of milk for the eggs, if you like
  • Oil or butter for frying

Other useful breakfasty things featured below:

  • Strong coffee
  • Orange juice

Ingredients, laid out

For maximum speed, I preheat the oven at around 200º and assemble each ingredient on the tortilla as it arrives.

Cut the onion into fairly small pieces for easy frying. Melt the butter or heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat, add the onions and sauté until they start to turn clear. Meanwhile, arrange the cheese and guac in a line down the centre of your tortilla.

Cheese and guac on the tortilla

When the onions are done, add them on top and reuse the same pan to heat the beans, adding them too when they’ve started to bubble.

Beans and onions added

Beat the egg and beat in the milk (if you like milk in your eggs).

Adding milk to a beaten egg. ACTION SHOT!

Make some effort to scrape out the pan and add more butter or oil. Set the egg scrabbling, stirring frequently to stop it burning. When it’s done, add this to the to the tortilla.

Clumsily roll the tortilla. The alleged way to do this is to fold in one of the long edges, then the two short edges, then the final long edge to make a cylindrical shape which is sealed at both ends. With me it always ends up collapsing part-way through the manoeuvre and ends up as a barely-contained package. Put this on a baking tray or something to prevent it ruining the oven. Put it on a middle shelf and keep an eye on it while you prepare other morning necessities. Coffee for her, espresso and orange juice for me.



When the tortilla looks like it’s browning and crisping, take it out the oven and transfer it to a plate.

Finished burrito with coffees and juice.

Seems to go down well if additionally served in bed.

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