These easy Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos are a healthy, freezer-friendly option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Made in one pan, loaded with veggies, scrambled eggs, and whole wheat tortillas, these are great for meal prep and make-ahead meals.
Anyone else an on-the-road meal panicker? Just me?
I stress-pack a bonkers amount of food whenever I’m going on a trip, whether by air, car, or train. It’s probably from a combination of being burned one too many times when I *know* I’ve booked a vegetarian meal, but it’s mysteriously not on board, and never really liking the food that’s available on the road.
Also, I learned that you’re unlikely to ever get upgraded on a flight if you’ve ordered a special meal, so my new strategy is to *not* order a vegetarian meal and just pack something to eat so that in the even there isn’t anything vegetarian on offer I won’t starve. So far this strategy has had a zero percent success rate, but a girl can dream, right?
Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos are one of my favourite meals to take with me on the go. They’re the perfect thing to throw into your carry-on bag for an early flight, but they’re equally great for back-to-school breakfasts on the go. (Too soon? I’m sorry.)
What’s in Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos?
These here breakfast burritos are super easy to make, and endlessly adaptable depending on what’s in season or what your preferences are. Today we’re using:
- Whole wheat tortillas (regular is totes fine too)
- Red pepper
- Red onion
- Black Beans
A lot of breakfast burrito recipes require that you dirty up multiple pans in the process, but this Nutrition Lady does not like washing dishes so I’ve worked it into a one-pan recipe. If you care about having pretty breakfast burrito fillings, it’s important to cook the eggs first.
Some of the spices and whatnot that go into the veggie and bean portion will end up sticking to the pan, and if you cook the eggs second you will end up with brown eggs. They’re still perfectly delicious, but if you’re feeding visual eaters (or, you know, staging breakfast burrito fillings for photos) you’re gonna want to start with the eggs.
Tips for making Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
- Get all of your ingredients chopped before you start cooking, and this recipe will come together super quickly.
- I like to scramble the eggs first, then cook the vegetables and beans, and then add everything back into the same plan to warm a bit and serve from.
- Want to make Vegan Breakfast Burritos? No problemo. I recommend replacing the scrambled eggs with scrambled tofu. This Turmeric Tofu Scramble is a great recipe.
- Need to make these gluten-free? You totally can. Just replace the whole wheat tortillas with gluten-free tortillas, and you’re good to go.
- You could also make these into breakfast burrito bowls instead of wraps, and replace the tortilla with brown rice or quinoa.
- Can I freeze my Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos? You may. Personally I’m not into the texture of previously frozen egg, so I prefer to keep my breakfast burritos in the fridge for a few days. But you *can* freeze them, and lots of people don’t even notice the egg texture thing. The only way to find out whether it works for you is to try it out!
Hey Nutrition Lady, what’s good about these breakfast burritos?
Good question, folks. First and foremost, eggs, which are totally a superfood. They’re packed with high-quality protein, choline, and omega-3 fatty acids. Most of the protein is in the white, and all of the choline and omega-3’s are in the yolk, so it’s important to use whole eggs here. Read more about why eggs are so amazing.
Then we’ve got a boat load of vegetables, including zucchini, red peppers, and red onion, which offer up a variety of nutrients, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. Cilantro also brings a good dose of antioxidants to the party, is unless you’re one of those people who is genetically predisposed to hating cilantro, don’t skip it.
We’ve used whole wheat tortillas, which does bump up our fiber content a little bit. Don’t let tortillas fool you though – they may be thin but they’re very energy dense, and I prefer to consume them in moderation. One per serving is great for me.
Other make-ahead breakfast recipes you might enjoy:
Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 8 large eggs well whisked
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion diced
- 1 medium red pepper diced
- 1 medium zucchini diced
- 14 oz can of black beans drained and rinsed well
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped
- 6 large whole wheat tortillas
- Heat a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat.
- Add one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Add the whisked eggs, and after you let the bottom start to set for a moment, use a silicon spatula to scrape along the bottom, pushing the egg from the edges towards the center of the pan.
- Once the eggs are medium-set in a scramble, season them with a bit of salt and pepper, and transfer to a waiting plate.
- Return the same pan to the heat, and add one tablespoon of olive oil. Increase the heat to medium-high.
- Add the red onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about three minutes, until it starts to become translucent.
- Add the zucchini and red pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are bright in colour and heated through, but still have a bit of crunch. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Add the chili pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt, and stir to combine well.
- Add the black beans, and stir to combine well.
- Push the vegetable and bean mixture to one side of the pan and return the scrambled eggs to the other side of the pan to rewarm slightly.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- To assemble the burritos, place 1/6th of the egg, 1/6th of the vegetable mixture, a sprinkling of cheese, and a sprinkling of cilantro into the center of a large whole wheat tortilla.
- Fold the tortilla over the filling and tuck the ends in. Roll the rest of the way to finish the burrito.
- Repeat with remaining burritos.
- Either serve immediately, or cool and then place in the fridge or freezer.