Meal Prep Breakfast Burritos

by | Mar 16, 2023

Meal prep breakfast burritos are a delicious and convenient way to start your day. This recipe is filled with protein of your choice so you can customize with your personal favorite. Plus, you can easily make these burritos ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer to eat throughout the week. 

burritos stacked on plate

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Why is meal prepping important?

These breakfast burritos are meal prep friendly, meaning you can make a large batch of them to have for different meals. Meal prepping is a great way to save time and reduce cooking stress with a busy schedule. 

When I work with clients in my Coaching + Cooking program, I typically recommend prepping a few meals and snacks over the weekend. Then, you’ll have healthy items ready to go throughout the work week. 

These breakfast burritos are always on my Sunday meal prep rotation. I love how you can make a bunch at one time. 

Meal Prep Breakfast Burrito next to cilantro lime sauce

Here are some other examples of meal prep recipes:

Are breakfast burritos healthy?

Yes! These meal prep breakfast burritos are filled with a healthy balance of satisfying protein, energizing carbs, and fiber-filled vegetables. 

If you’re looking for ways to pump up the nutrients, you can always swap the regular tortilla for a whole grain tortilla or add extra veggies. 

Pan fried burrito

How do you make meal prep breakfast burritos?

This recipe makes 8 burritos total. If you are meal prepping for your family or wanting to make more, feel free to double the recipe. Here’s how to make them.

1. Cook protein of your choice

Breakfast burritos often call for some type of meat like ground beef or sausage. You could also opt for a vegan option like plant based ground meat, tofu, or black beans. 

You’ll want to thoroughly cook your crumbled protein in a pan. If using canned black beans, you can skip this step unless you want to warm them up.  

2. Saute the veggies and eggs 

Next, you get to add colorful veggies and scramble your eggs. I often like to use a combination of a few different kinds of veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and onion.

Then, pour over your whisked eggs. If you follow a vegan diet, you can also use a plant-based option like JUST egg!

3. Add ingredients over tortilla

It’s super fun and helpful to get friends and family involved in this step. You can even create an assembly line where one person microwaves the tortilla, then one adds the scramble egg mixture, followed by another  one sprinkling on the cooked protein and cheese, and finally someone to roll the burritos and wrap in foil. 

How to roll burritos

Rolling burritos takes practice. You can learn from this step-by-step guide or watch my video below in the recipe card!

Storing your meal prep burritos

Here are some helpful things to keep in mind when storing.

  • If you’re going to eat your burritos the same week, simply store them in the fridge wrapped in foil or in a meal prep container. 
  • If you are freezing your burritos for later, be sure to label and date them. For example, sharpie onto the foil: “Tofu Breakfast Burritos – Froze March 6, 2023”
Make ahead breakfast burrito wrapped in foil

Customize it your way

Like all of my other recipes, this burrito recipe is completely customizable. You get to choose what protein and veggies you want to use.

For the protein, feel free to use meat or a plant-based option. You could even omit this part if you want an all egg burrito. 

The veggie possibilities are really endless too. Here are some to try:

  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach, kale, or other dark leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • White or yellow onions
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn

How do I heat the burritos? 

In the recipe card below, I’ve included 4 options for cooking the burritos after assembly. 

For a crispy outside, I always recommend pan frying or air frying. However, you can also microwave or bake in the oven too. 

What should I serve with these burritos?

You can’t go wrong serving these burritos with an avocado crema, salsa, or light sour cream on the side. I also often like to pair this breakfast burrito with fresh fruit or a side salad

Eggs and beef in a burrito

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Meal Prep Breakfast Burrito

Meal Prep Breakfast Burrito

Yield: 8 burritos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Customize these meal prep burritos with your favorite protein and veggies. You can easily make these burritos ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer to eat throughout the week.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground protein of choice (bacon, sausage, ground beef, plant based ground, crumbled tofu, canned black beans)
  • 2 cups diced veggies of your choice (bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, kale,, broccoli, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, or corn)
  • 10 large eggs, whisked
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 -10-inch flour tortillas (burrito size)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese (or more as needed)

Instructions

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook protein of your choice in a pan over medium heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes. If using meat, be sure to drain most of the grease off the pan. Set protein aside in a bowl. 
  2. To the same pan, add over veggies and saute for 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Pour over whisked eggs and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Scramble eggs with a spatula until they are cooked through.

Assembly Instructions:

  1. To make tortillas more pliable and less likely to break when rolling, microwave for 30 seconds before adding egg mixture. 
  2. Divide egg mixture evenly among your 8 tortillas. Evenly distribute cooked protein and cheese (about 2 tablespoons per tortilla) on top. 
  3. Roll into a burrito and wrap in foil until ready to eat. (Watch the video below to see how to fold burritos.)
  4. Store burritos in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to 3 months. If freezing, be sure to thaw burritos in the fridge the day before cooking. 

Heating Instructions: 

  1. Skillet (recommended): Remove foil from burrito. Heat skillet to medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add over burrito (seam side down) and pan fry for 2-3 minutes each side.
  2. Air fryer (recommended): Remove from foil and slightly spray both sides with cooking spray. Add burrito to air fryer basket (seam side down) and cook at 350ºF for 5-7 mins until crispy.
  3. Microwave: Remove foil from burrito and cover in a damp paper towel. Microwave for 1-2 minutes to reheat.
  4. Oven or Toaster Oven: Leave burrito in foil and heat in oven at 350ºF for 10-15 minutes until heated through.

Notes

    Protein: If using canned black beans, you can skip step 1 since they don’t need to be cooked. 

    Veggies: If you want you add regular potatoes or sweet potatoes into the veggies portion, ensure they are cubed and pre-cooked. We are only sauteing the veggies for a few minutes so it wouldn’t cook the potatoes all the way through. 

    Eggs: If you want creamier scrambled eggs, stir ¼ milk into the mixture when whisking. If you follow a vegan diet or don’t eat eggs, you can also use a plant-based option like JUST egg!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 burritos Serving Size: 1 burrito
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 300mgSodium: 850mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 33g

This is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Nutrition may vary depending on ingredients used. This calculation is for 1 pound ground beef and 2 cups diced bell peppers. For more personalized nutrition information, seek a professional registered dietitian's advice.

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