Breakfast burrito

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Breakfast burrito
A Southwestern style breakfast burrito with chorizo, egg and salsa
CourseMain dish
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateNew Mexico
Associated cuisineNew Mexican cuisine and the Southwestern United States
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientseggs, potatoes, wrapped in a tortilla.
Ingredients generally usedbacon, sausage, meat, onions, cheese, etc.
VariationsIn the state of New Mexico, instead of other peppers or chorizo, it has red and/or green New Mexico chile.
A smothered, Christmas-style New Mexican breakfast burrito from Tia Sophia's restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico
A breakfast burrito prepared with cheese, bacon, kale and other ingredients

The breakfast burrito, sometimes referred to as a breakfast wrap outside of the American Southwest,[1] is a variety of American breakfast composed of breakfast items wrapped inside a flour tortilla burrito. This style was invented and popularized in several regional American cuisines, most notably originating in New Mexican cuisine, and expanding beyond Southwestern cuisine and neighboring Tex-Mex. Southwestern-style breakfast burritos may include any combination of scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese, peppers (usually New Mexico chile, Jalapeño, or other chili peppers), salsa, onions, chorizo, bacon, or sour cream.[2] In other variations of breakfast burritos, more ingredients such as tomatoes, cheese, ham, and other fresh products can be added.[3]

One of Taco Bell's breakfast burritos after the addition of breakfast burritos to their menu. Prepared with eggs, potatoes, and more ingredients common in the fast food scene.

Some fast food restaurants such as Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, and Taco Bell sell breakfast burritos.[4][5][6][7] The breakfast burrito is also a popular street food,[8] and street-style breakfast burritos are found in the food truck scene in places such as Los Angeles.[9]


Tia Sophia's, a New Mexican diner in Santa Fe, claims the first use of the term "breakfast burrito" on a menu, in 1975, although a rolled tortilla containing some combination of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese existed in New Mexican cuisine well before that.[10][11][12] Fast food giant McDonald's introduced their version in the late 1980s,[13] and by the 1990s, more fast food restaurants caught on to the style, with Sonic Drive-In, Hardee's, and Carl's Jr. offering breakfast burritos on their menus.[14] In 2014, Taco Bell launched their breakfast menu, which included breakfast burritos.[15]


The breakfast burrito can be prepared with a myriad of filling ingredients, such as eggs, ham, cheese, onion, chile or bell peppers, bacon, Canadian bacon, potatoes, sausage, avocado, tomato, spinach, beans, and olives.[1][16][17] In New Mexico, breakfast burritos are often served "smothered" (covered with a chile sauce) or "handheld" (with chile sauce or chopped green chile inside).[12] It is usually served heated up or cooked.

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  1. ^ a b Burrell, Jackie (April 4, 2016). "Behold the best breakfast burrito ever". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Cheek, Lawrence. (Oct, 2001). Rise and shine – breakfast – Recipe. Sunset. Archived 2007-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ "Burger King is bringing out a new weapon to beat McDonald's and Taco Bell in the fast-food breakfast battles". Business Insider. May 3, 2016. Archived from the original on May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "McDonald's breakfast items ranked by healthiness". San Jose Mercury News. May 13, 2016. Archived from the original on May 18, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Schouten, Lucy (March 10, 2016). "Taco Bell's $1 breakfast burrito: The latest skirmish in the 'breakfast wars'?". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Bellomo, Rheanna O'Neil (February 29, 2016). "Dunkin' Donuts Just Jumped Into the Breakfast Burrito Game". Delish. Archived from the original on March 1, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  8. ^ The World's Best Street Food: Where to Find It and How to Make It. Lonely Planet Publications. 2012. p. pt29. ISBN 978-1-74321-664-4. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "Koreatown Breakfast Burrito Street Pop-Up Gains Worldwide Popularity". Archived from the original on 2022-05-17. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  10. ^ Boyle, Molly (April 29, 2016). "Burritoville: Breakfast-burrito highlights". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on February 4, 2021. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Boyle, Molly (April 5, 2019). "Old World hospitality, New World cuisine: The story of Tomasita's, Atrisco Café, Tia Sophia's, and the Plaza Café". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on August 5, 2020. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Nott, Robert (November 26, 2022). "Just who invented the hand-held breakfast burrito?". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on December 3, 2022. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  13. ^ Michman, Ronald D.; Greco, Alan James (1995). Retailing Triumphs and Blunders: Victims of Competition in the New Age of Marketing Management. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 182. ISBN 9780899308692. Archived from the original on 3 July 2023. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  14. ^ Andrew F. Smith (2 December 2011). Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat. ABC-CLIO. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-313-39394-5. Archived from the original on 3 July 2023. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
    Andrew F. Smith (28 October 2013). Food and Drink in American History: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia [3 Volumes]: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-61069-233-5. Archived from the original on 3 July 2023. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  15. ^ Luna, Nancy (26 March 2014). "Taco Bell breakfast: 8 must-know details, plus early waffle taco reviews". OC Register. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  16. ^ Emina, S.; Eggs, M. (2013). The Breakfast Bible. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-4088-3990-4. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Lisk, M. (2009). The Burrito Diet. Al Lavallis Enterprises. p. pt104. ISBN 978-0-557-10069-9. Retrieved May 23, 2016.

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