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Breakfast burrito
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A Southwestern style breakfast burrito with chorizo, egg and salsa
Course Main dish
Place of origin United States
Region or state New Mexico
Associated national cuisine New Mexican cuisine and the Southwestern United States
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Eggs, potatoes, wrapped in a tortilla.
Ingredients generally used Bacon, sausage, meat, onions, etc.
Variations In the state of New Mexico, instead of other peppers or chorizo, it has red and/or green New Mexico chile.
Breakfast burrito (cropped)
A breakfast burrito prepared with cheese, bacon, kale and other ingredients

The breakfast burrito, sometimes referred to as a breakfast wrap outside of the American Southwest, is a variety of American breakfast composed of breakfast items wrapped inside a flour tortilla burrito. This style was invented and popularized in several regional American cuisines, most notably originating in New Mexican cuisine, and expanding beyond Southwestern cuisine and neighboring Tex-Mex. Southwestern-style breakfast burritos may include any combination of scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese, peppers (usually New Mexico chile, Jalapeño, or other chili peppers), salsa, onions, chorizo, bacon, or sour cream.

Some fast food restaurants such as Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's and Taco Bell sell breakfast burritos. The breakfast burrito is also a street food.


Tia Sophia's, a New Mexican diner in Santa Fe, claims the first use of the term "breakfast burrito" on a menu, in 1975, although a rolled tortilla containing some combination of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese existed in New Mexican cuisine well before that. Fast food giant McDonald's introduced their version in the late 1980s, and by the 1990s, more fast food restaurants caught on to the style, with Sonic Drive-In, Hardee's, and Carl's Jr. offering breakfast burritos on their menus. In 2014, Taco Bell launched their breakfast menu, which included breakfast burritos.


The breakfast burrito can be prepared with myriad filling ingredients, such as eggs, ham, cheese, onion, peppers, bacon, Canadian bacon, potatoes, sausage, avocado, tomato, spinach, beans, olives and other ingredients. In New Mexico it is often served "smothered" (covered with a chile sauce), or "handheld" (with chile sauce or chopped green chile inside).

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