I love a good breakfast. Not some wimpy milk and cereal kind of meal – I’m talking about a hearty and delicious steak and eggs breakfast burrito type of breakfast!
The problem is that the kind of breakfast food I like to eat takes too long to make on the average morning and makes my work clothes smell like I’ve been cooking delicious breakfast foods. That’s no good. Besides, we’re usually rushing around in the morning to get kids off to school or me off to work, so we end up settling for quick and easy meals instead – like cereal.
But no longer! I recently found a recipe for breakfast burritos on The Art Of Manliness that looked pretty good, so I ended up spending some time in the kitchen this past weekend whipping up my own version. What I ended up with were 16 delicious, hearty, mouthwatering steak and egg breakfast burritos that I stored in my freezer for a quick on-the-go meal.
Now all I need to do on a typical busy morning is pull one of these bad boys out of the freezer and pop it into the microwave for two minutes. The burrito is ready and waiting for me just as the coffee machine is done brewing. A perfect start to any day!
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MAKING FROZEN BURRITOS IS EASY AND CHEAP!
The average cost per burrito came out to be $1.98. Not bad. Sure you can get something cheaper from the McDonald’s dollar menu, but the downside is that you’re eating off of the McDonald’s dollar menu. By making these at home I know exactly what went into each one. If you want to try this out yourself, here’s what you’ll need:
BREAKFAST BURRITO INGREDIENTS
- 1.5 – 2 hours (total time, including cleanup)
- 2lbs ground sirloin
- 18 large eggs
- 16 large flour tortillas
- 2 packages shredded cheese (picture only shows one bag, but I used two)
- 1 large onion
- 1 large bell pepper
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Salt and pepper
- Aluminum foil
BREAKFAST BURRITO COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
- I started by dicing the onion and bell pepper then sautéing in olive oil for about 10 minutes. You may need more or less time, depending on how fine you chop your onion and pepper. You’re looking for the ingredients to be soft, not crunchy. When done, remove from heat and set aside.
- While your onions and peppers are sautéing and making your kitchen smell heavenly, add your ground sirloin to a non-stick pan and brown the meat; salt and pepper to taste. When done, remove from heat, drain fat and then set the meat aside.
- Now it’s time to break a few eggs! Add all 18 eggs into a mixing bowl, add about one cup of milk and some salt and pepper as well. Mix away!
- Once your eggs have been mixed well, add them to a non-stick pan and cook on high heat till scrambled.
- After your eggs are done, remove from heat at set aside next to your onions and peppers, and cooked ground sirloin.
- You’re now ready to chop some cilantro; be sure to wash it first! (Is there a better smelling herb than cilantro?)
- Once all of your food has been cooked and prepared, get your cheese and tortillas ready – it’s time to start assembling!
BREAKFAST BURRITO ASSEMBLY
You should now have everything you need to start assembling your steak and eggs breakfast burritos!
When assembling the steak and eggs breakfast burritos I used about 3 tablespoons of egg and 3 tablespoons of sirloin, 1 tablespoon of onions and peppers, a sprinkling of cilantro, a dash of salt and pepper, as well as a healthy heaping of shredded cheese! Once your ingredients have been lovingly piled onto the tortilla, it’s time to fold your burrito like a pro!
Do this 15 more times and you’ll end up with a small pile of hearty and delicious steak and egg breakfast burritos that can either be eaten immediately, or wrapped in foil and stored in your freezer for later consumption.
I avoided the temptation to eat any of these steak and eggs breakfast burritos immediately (but I’ve had several since!). Instead, I wrapped each one in foil and stored them in the freezer.
- My cost per burrito came out to be $1.98. You can reduce the overall cost by about 25% (~$1.50 per burrito) if you substitute the relatively expensive ground sirloin and pre-shredded cheese with a ground breakfast sausage and shredding your own cheese from a block.
- Be sure to not make too many! These will last for about a month in your freezer – make sure you don’t have so many that you can’t eat them all in time.
- When heating these up for consumption, remove the foil, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 2-3 minutes, turning over mid-way through.
From the first slice of an onion to the final utensil being washed, I spent about an hour and forty minutes making these. That included me taking pictures along the way. Now that I’ve done this once, I could easily do so again in 1 to 1.5 hours.
And yes, I absolutely will be making these again. Not only are they delicious, but being able to pull these out of the freezer in the morning is great! There have already been a few times when I’ve not eaten these for breakfast, but taken them to work from my lunch instead. They’re soooo good!
A QUICK UPDATE
I made these burritos fully intending to eat them up in the mornings and get my day off to a good start. But I’ve ended up taking them to work and eating them for lunch instead. If you’ve followed my expense reports at all, you’ll know that I spend a small fortune eating out each month. Most of that expense comes from work lunches, which cost me an average of about $12.50 per lunch. So here’s how these steak and eggs breakfast burritos have saved me big time on my lunch bill:
- Total cost of all ingredients needed to make these 16 burritos was just over $31.68; an average cost per burrito of $1.98
- The $31.68 I spent on ingredients was recouped by NOT eating out at work just 2.5 times, and eating a burrito instead (average work lunch cost was $12.50)
- So, of the 16 burritos I made, it took 2.5 of them for me to ‘break even’ on my ‘investment’ which means I have 13.5 burritos left
- At an average savings of $12.50 per lunch, multiplied by 13.5 homemade lunches, that’s a savings of nearly $170!
Can you see yourself making these? Is the time and effort worth it to you to have a cheap, quick and easy breakfast? Please leave a comment and let me know, or share this post on Facebook or Twitter by clicking one of the icons below. Also, If you like what you’re reading you can leave your email address right here and get new posts delivered to your inbox. Thanks for reading!