An Ode to the Burrito

I don’t know why I didn’t think to write this post years ago, because there have been times over the last three years or so where I’ve eaten burritos at least once a day…if not more.

It started with breakfast burritos. I love eggs, but scrambled is boring and sometimes I get sick of friends eggs and toast. So I started making breakfast burritos. I’d scramble an egg, smear some refried beans on a tortilla along with some salsa, warm it, and then add the eggs — perhaps with some guacamole.

It wasn’t long before I was declaring this the perfect food. Tons of protein combined with fruit and vegetables, all in one tidy (sometimes whole grain) wrapper.

Recently I became re-obsessed with burritos after a visit to Moe’s, which is about as close as I get to eating fast food these days. But I didn’t see any reason I should be getting one burrito for $7 when I could spend the same amount to eat a whole week’s worth of burritos! So now I’m back on a kick, with a new recipe.

These days I’m not feeling the eggs so much, and instead have taken to making a box of yellow rice, opening a can of black, beans, adding some of my homemade tomatillo sauce, a little bit of cheese, and finally some guacamole. (I’m in a bit of a standoff with avocados over their fickleness.) If I remember to break out some of the cilantro I froze at the end of the summer, I add that too. Of course you could add salsa, corn, lettuce, whatever. I just like to keep it simple.

And I’m sticking to my guns — it’s really the perfect food. I don’t tend to put meat in mine, because…well…I don’t tend to put meat into much of anything. But if you need meat, go ahead and toss it in there, and you’ll have all of your food groups in one awesome little package. And if you’re kind of broke — or you just prefer to spend money on shoes rather than dinner — burritos are super cheap. You can easily get a week’s worth of dinner out of one box of rice, one package of tortillas, and one can of beans, making it a delicious and nutritious choice for people who can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods.

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2 thoughts on “An Ode to the Burrito

  1. Jason Matthews says:

    I still make a breakfast burrito but with sunny side up eggs instead of scrambled so the yolk runs around when I roll it up. A little cheese and salsa, runny side up eggs and the tortilla… I’m set.

  2. runesandrhinestones says:

    Sounds good! If I have tortillas in the house, I’ll eat them for pretty much every meal. I haven’t come across cans of refried beans in the UK, but maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places!

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