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Breakfast burritos

noun | encyclopedia/cuisine
Pronounced: \brek-fuhst buh-ree-tohz\ | IPA: /ˈbrɛk fəst burˈri tɔs/

Definition of breakfast burritos

Breakfast burritos are a New Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla folded around various breakfast food items, particularly papitas, eggs, and usually bacon, sausage, or steak, served with red or green New Mexico chile inside or in a smothered style. Though the dish originated in New Mexico it has spread throughout Latin America and the American Southwest, as with most comfort foods with regional variations, this usually gives an insight into local food traditions.


Examples of breakfast burritos

Origin of breakfast burritos

The first references to “tortillas de desayuno” were said to have been to as standard fare throughout Nuevo México in Albuquerque and Santa Fe dating back to the Spanish colonial phase. In folk stories New Mexican vaqueros would often be seen with tocinos (bacon) and huevos (eggs) wrapped in a tortilla. Chihuahua, Coahuila (y Tejas), Nuevo León, Sonora, and Tamaulipas also have had variations of this dish, which mix and match various huevos rancheros components into the burrito. Puebla also has a variation which contains chopped roasted poblano chile.


First Known Use: 17th-18th century