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) makes enough.
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 so they taste right. Her sisters, all of them, can and will burn scrambled eggs.
Josie won’t actually make the 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.
I don’t eat burritos for dinner often. I’ve only found three brands at the Royal Subic store and I prefer the El Monterey brand. Of the flavors, I prefer the steak and three cheeses variety. I try to stay away from burritos with beans in them.
I nuke them in the microwave oven most of the time. Sometimes, even more rarely, I’ll get some one to deep fry them for me (as in chimichangas).
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.
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 palm oil. She could do it with butter, but it probably wouldn’t make them taste better.
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 types of food 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 here. Jollibee sells a pancake sandwich. I tend to stick with Sausage McMuffins if I end up at McDonald’s.
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.
Originally published in February of 2017.