One morning I headed to a local heath food store and cafe that I frequently shop at.
When I walked in I was met with the smell of brewing coffee and baked goods. At that moment I realized that in the craziness of getting the kids off to school I had forgotten to eat breakfast.
A very rare occasion for me.
I’m one of those people that wake up ready to eat first thing in the morning. My oldest daughter is just the opposite. The thought of food in the morning makes her sick.
Drove me nuts for years until this mama finally embraced the fact that she was never going to be a breakfast person.
No more morning disagreements and she hasn’t passed out from hunger or wasted away. Thank goodness.
So back to the cafe.
I was immediately hit with a sharp pang of hunger and knew I wasn’t going to make it through my morning errands without eating.
I could have chosen one of the bakery items which I like to do in the fall, but instead I was drawn to a hot case with freshly made breakfast items.
That’s when I caught this amazing savory aroma.
I searched out the source and there it was: a Southwest breakfast burrito.
So I bought it along with a few other items on my list and headed to my car where I immediately dug in.
The first bite was so good…and a little unexpected as I discovered this particular burrito had a little surprise…
Not something I would have thought of but it was genius and added a little sweetness to the cheesy eggs and salsa.
I was hooked.
I couldn’t get that burrito out of my head for weeks so I went back for another one. This time I paid a little more attention to the price.
I try not to drop $6 on a single breakfast item too often so I knew it was time to recreate it at home.
Fall is the perfect time to make this burrito as sweet potatoes are in abundance and I was able to purchase them fresh for $0.35 per lb. The total cost breakdown for each burrito is as follows:
sweet potato (under $0.10)
salsa ($ 0.30)
milk (less than $0.05)
spices (less than $0.05)
The grand total for one burrito came in around $1.35 per burrito! Crazy that I paid $6…twice.
It is also very filling so have it for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner (breakfast for dinner is a frequent occurrence in our home).
Either way, you have an easy, tasty, and economical meal at your fingertips.
Southwest Breakfast Burrito with Sweet Potato:
Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.
Add the sweet potatoes to a small sauce pan, cover with water, and boil until tender, about 8 minutes.
Drain well and sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
Make the scrambled Eggs:
Beat the eggs and milk in a small bowl. Scramble the eggs on medium-low heat, slowly stirring. Remember, creamy eggs are made low and slow (low heat, slow time). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
ASSEMBLE the breakfast burrito:
Add the scrambled egg to a warm tortilla. Top with cheese,
and then the sweet potato,
and then top with salsa of choice. My current favorite salsa is this Ranchera Salsa from Lucky’s. It’s so yummy and the cost is great.
Southwest Breakfast Burrito with Sweet Potato
yields: 2 servings
2 flour tortillas
1/2 cup salsa (or to taste)
4 Tbsp shredded cheese (or more to taste)
Spiced Sweet Potatoes:
1/2 medium sweet potato, diced into small pieces
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cumin
pepper to taste