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How About a Burrito for Breakfast and a Burrito for Dinner?

burrito When I say a burrito for breakfast and a burrito for dinner, I’m not talking about just one each. I will eat at least two per meal, more for breakfast if Josie (my wife) lets me.

The ones for breakfast aren’t the same as the ones for dinner, obviously. We make breakfast burritos with tortillas and breakfast foods. Josie’s the only one on her side of the family who can cook them and make them taste right. Her sisters, all of them, can burn scrambled eggs.

The Burrito for Dinner

Josie won’t actually make burritos for dinner. If she’s going to go to all that trouble, we might as well have tacos or tostadas. She’s Filipino, not Mexican.

When I’m at our house in Olongapo, Philippines, I don’t eat burritos for dinner very often. I’ve only found three brands at the Royal Subic store at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and I prefer the El Monterey brand. I like the steak and three cheeses variety and I try to stay away from burritos with beans in them.

When we’re in the United States, I eat burritos for dinner more often. I prefer either the El Monterey or José Olé brands, whichever with steak or beef and cheese. Anything but beef and beans.

I nuke them in the microwave oven most of the time. Sometimes, rarely, I’ll get someone to deep-fry them for me (as in chimichangas). It almost always turns out to be Josie.

The Burrito for Breakfast

Josie spoils me. Her breakfast burritos will put the ones you can get at fast food places to shame. The ingredients are almost any of the breakfast foods, but they always include scrambled eggs.

If we have any, she’ll include lean bacon. Otherwise, it’ll be strips of ham slices or chunks of luncheon meat (like SPAM or Treet). Again, if we have any, she’ll include hash browns. Otherwise, she’ll dice some small potatoes.

She likes to use the large flour tortillas. Consequently, she makes long and thin breakfast burritos. I kid you not when I say I can eat more than two. Since breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I can eat enough to satisfy me for the entire day.

Josie fries the tortillas using either olive oil or palm oil. She could do it with butter, but it probably wouldn’t make them taste better.

I recently discovered that José Olé also makes breakfast burritos. I’ve seen them with eggs, sausage and cheese as well as eggs, bacon and cheese. We bought some with sausage in them. They only cost a dollar each, far less expensive than their fast food counterparts.

A Burrito on the Road

I’ve yet to see a restaurant, other than a fast food place, serve breakfast burritos. I’m sure I could find a place that serves the other kind, but I prefer eating other something else when I eat out for dinner.

The breakfast burrito from McDonald’s is an insult to breakfast burritos and a disappointment. I would have to order four or five just to satisfy my morning hunger. I don’t know what other fast food joints sell them and I prefer Sausage McMuffins when I end up at McDonald’s.

The Wikipedia Description

Their page describes it like this:

A burrito is a type of Mexican and Tex-Mex food, consisting of a large wheat flour tortilla with a filling, wrapped into a closed-ended cylinder, in contrast to a taco, where the tortilla is simply folded around the filling. The flour tortilla is sometimes lightly grilled or steamed to soften it, make it more pliable and allow it to adhere to itself when wrapped.

I honestly don’t think I could describe it any better than that.

Photo Attribution: adoproducciones from Pixabay
Edited and updated. Originally published in February 2017.

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By RT Cunningham
June 17, 2020
Food and Drink

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