Easy breakfast burritos with fried rice are a great, quick breakfast that allow you to use up your leftover Chinese takeout!
This month marks five years that we have not had cable television at our house. When Philip left his job in corporate America, we knew that we had to cut some corners, but for a while we were unwilling to part with the hundreds of channels that cable had to offer. We watch a lot of TV (I know, I know). After a lot of research, though, we realized how much money we could save every month if we bought a Roku and streamed our favorite shows and movies. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube bring us plenty of viewing pleasure. We’ve never looked back.
Okay, so that’s a lie. Most of the time I’m okay with not having cable…but every once in a while I start feeling a little wistful for Food Network and the Cooking Channel. I❤️America’s Test Kitchen, don’t get me wrong…but I’ve seen every episode currently being run on air or on Amazon at least twenty times through. And as obsessed as I am with YouTube cooking videos, I miss twenty-two minute episodes of well-edited food television. I can’t help it.
When my parents go out of town, we stay over at their house a lot to take care of my uncle Bobby, who has Down syndrome. I always look forward to the time in the afternoons when we’re waiting for him to get off the bus, because that’s the time that Food Network actually plays cooking shows (I am concerned that Food Network is going to soon be like MTv – all reality shows. UGGH. I want MY MTv – the authentic Mtv that was the background of my life in the eighties and nineties. And now I feel old.). Over spring break, we stayed there and watched an episode of Eat Street, a show about food trucks, on the Cooking Channel. And that, my friends, is where the idea for this easy breakfast burrito came from.
I wish I had written down the name of the food truck that was making these fried rice breakfast burritos. It seems so blatantly obvious when I saw it. I mean, when you go to Mojo Burrito or Chipotle or Salsarita’s or whatever your favorite burrito joint is, they put rice on your burrito. So why on earth wouldn’t you put rice on your breakfast burrito?
These easy breakfast burritos are a great way to use up your fried rice, whether you make it yourself or you have it leftover from your Chinese takeout. Combined with breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa, fried rice makes a pretty fantastic breakfast burrito. I threw some of my almost-famous Japanese white sauce in the mix too. It was not a bad idea.
These easy breakfast burritos with fried rice are almost too easy. But not quite.
Yield: 4 burritos
10 minPrep Time:
10 minTotal Time:
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 pound mild or hot breakfast sausage
- 4 8-inch flour tortillas
- 1 cup fried rice, heated (leftover takeout or homemade )
- 1 cup (4 ounces) grated Monterey jack or Cheddar cheese
- salsa and Japanese white sauce , for serving (optional)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, and milk until homogenous. Set aside.
- Preheat a medium pan over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until browned and completely cooked through, stirring constantly to crumble up. Remove from the pan and set aside. Turn off the heat and drain all but one tablespoon of the sausage drippings from the pan. Allow the pan to cool briefly.
- Heat the pan again over medium-low heat. Add the eggs and cook, stirring constantly, until softly scrambled. Remove from the heat.
- Heat the flour tortillas using your preferred method (I heat mine briefly over my gas burners). Divide the sausage and eggs among the tortillas, making a strip down the center. Top each with 1/4 cup of fried rice and 1/4 cup cheese.
- Fold one side of each tortilla over the long edge of the filling. Fold in the short sides, then continue rolling the tortilla toward the remaining long edge. Cut in half and serve immediately with salsa and white sauce, if desired.