A Cowboy Breakfast Burrito is a savory and hearty breakfast loaded with a variety of meat, vegetables, seasonings, eggs, and cheese wrapped in a tortilla and pan-fried to perfection! It is sure to satisfy even the biggest appetites and keep you going all morning. I also have Freezer Breakfast Burritos that you can prepare ahead of time and enjoy all week!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Meats: I added two different kinds of meat to these breakfast burritos for the heartiest of burritos! Look for ground pork sausage, which is already seasoned (like breakfast sausage) and Kielbasa (smoked sausage). I tested this with just ground pork sausage and bacon, which was good, but using the Kielbasa made each bite more flavorful.
Potatoes: Look for frozen cubed potatoes called “Diced Hash Potatoes” or “Southern Style Hash Brown Potatoes” in your frozen food section of the grocery store. (I’ve always known them as American Fries or Home Fries.) And yes, you can opt for traditional hash browns.
Vegetables: I added red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, and diced jalapeno pepper. They not only add a little color to the burritos but also flavor and texture. If you don’t like any spice, you could leave out the jalapeno pepper (but it was very subtle).
Eggs: I scrambled four eggs which is about 1/4 cup of scrambled eggs added to each burrito.
Cowboy Ranch Seasoning Mix: The homemade cowboy ranch seasoning mix is added to the eggs. It is a flavorful blend of various herbs and spices, carefully combined to create a versatile seasoning with a smokey kick! If you do not have the ingredients on hand to make the seasoning mix, you could leave it out.
Tortillas: I used 10-inch flour tortillas, making 4 burritos. Depending on the size of the tortilla you use, it could change the number of servings.
Cheese: A generous amount of cheese is added to each burrito. I used both cheddar cheese and Monterey jack cheese. You could all of one kind or experiment with your favorite kinds of cheese.
Can I Make Cowboy Breakfast Burritos Without Pan-Frying?
Yes, you can serve cowboy breakfast burritos without pan-frying them if you prefer a softer or lighter texture. Pan-frying is done to give the burritos a crispy and golden-brown exterior, but they will still be delicious burritos if you skip that final step!
Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos
If you want to get a head start on prepping the breakfast burrito, you can get some of it made in advance, before assembly. Cook the potatoes and vegetables, let cool, and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The meat mixture and scrambled eggs can also be prepared, cooled, and stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator. They will also last up to 2-3 days. When ready to assemble, reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
How To Store Cowboy Breakfast Burritos
You can store the assembled breakfast burritos in the refrigerator or the freezer.
To Refrigerate: After assembly, wrap burritos in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Or, store them in an airtight container. They will last in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
To Freeze: First, allow the ingredients in the burritos to come to room temperature. Then, once assembled, wrap each individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Store the burritos in a freezer-safe resealable bag or container. They will last up to 2-3 months.
Reheating Burritos From Frozen
Cowboy Breakfast Burritos are a delicious freezer-friendly breakfast you can grab and reheat directly from the freezer! Reheat them in the microwave, in the oven, or in an air fryer.
To Reheat In Microwave:
- Remove the burrito from its packaging.
- Wrap the burrito in a damp paper towel and place onto a microwave-safe plate.
- Microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from the microwave and let it rest for about 30 seconds before eating.
To Reheat In Oven:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove the burrito(s) from its packaging and place onto the lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.
To Reheat in Air Fryer:
- Unwrap the burrito(s) and place it into the basket of your air fryer.
- Air fry at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through, flipping halfway.
Cowboy Breakfast Burrito
- 8 ounces ground pork sausage
- ½ ring (7 ounces) Kielbasa, diced
- 2 cups frozen diced hash brown potatoes
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ½ green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced (about ½ cup)
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded, diced
- ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- ½ teaspoon cowboy ranch seasoning mix (optional)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 large (10-inch) flour tortillas
- 1 cup (113 g) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
- 1 cup (113 g) Monterey jack cheese, shredded, divided
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, for pan-frying
- sour cream, for serving
- salsa, for serving
- To a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the sausage. Cook for 6-7 minutes, or until the sausage is no longer pink.
- Add diced kielbasa and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the kielbasa is browned and ground sausage is cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat mixture from the pan and place onto a paper towel-lined plate. This makes about 2 cups.
- To the drippings in the skillet, add the potatoes. Toss to coat with drippings. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the potatoes are almost cooked through.
- To the potatoes in the skillet, add red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Continue cooking for 5-7 more minutes, or until softened and cooked through. Remove from the pan and place the potato and vegetables in a bowl or on a plate while you prepare the eggs. This makes about 3 cups. Wipe out the skillet.
- To the beaten eggs, add the cowboy ranch seasoning mix (if using – you can also season with salt and pepper). Mix well.
- In the same skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, pour in the seasoned eggs. Gently push them across the pan with a spatula, forming large soft curds. Continue cooking the eggs until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Avoid constant stirring. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.
- On a clean work surface, lay out tortillas. (I prefer to warm the tortillas up so that they are soft and pliable.) Evenly top each tortilla with the following: ¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, ¼ cup Monterey Jack cheese, ½ cup meat mixture, ¼ cup scrambled eggs, and ¾ cup of the potato vegetable mixture.
- Fold in the left and right sides of the tortilla toward the center, covering part of the filling. Starting from the bottom, fold the edge of the tortilla up and over the fillings. With the bottom edge folded up, use your fingers to gently press and secure the fillings. Fold the sides over the center rolled portion. Continue rolling the tortilla upwards, keeping it tight and compact. Roll until you reach the top edge of the tortilla. Set aside. Repeat with the other tortillas.
- In a medium non-stick skillet over low heat*, add 1 tablespoon oil. Once hot, place the burritos in the pan, seam-side down. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may have to work in batches.
- Serve with sour cream and salsa, if using.
- Prepare and assemble the burritos as instructed.
- Spray the outside of the burritos with nonstick cooking spray.
- Air fry for 6-8 minutes at 350°F, or until the burrito reaches your desired crispiness, flipping halfway through cooking.
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
This is what I call a breakfast burrito! Meat, potatoes, veggies, eggs, and loaded with flavor! I love that you can make these in advance and save them until you are ready to serve!
If you want a filling breakfast, this is it! I love all the protein, vegetables, and cheese in the burrito. YUM!
Super filling delicious breakfast burrito. I loved all the fillings in this!
Delicious! These have so much flavor and are fairly easy to make, perfect for breakfast when yo have a little extra time!
This is the perfect breakfast burrito to get your day started! It's very hearty. There's a good mix of meat and veggies. It's called a breakfast burrito, but I could eat it at any time of day since it's so delicious and filling!
This is so good and hearty! It's like all the things I want for breakfast rolled up in a tortilla! These would be great for the family.