Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I'm married to a burrito man. Whenever I'm not the in the mood to cook (which is more often than I'd like to admit lately) and Dustin is in charge of finding himself some dinner, he usually comes home with a burrito. Or if we go out to eat together and the menu includes some form of a burrito- that's what he'll get. Why the burrito fixation? I can only guess. But probably because they're reliably cheap and filling. And if done right, delicious.
I'm not much of a burrito chef. Hand me a tortilla and I'm most likely to make a quesadilla. But occasionally I catch the bug and find myself craving one too. Breakfast burritos are my favorite variety. I already have one version posted here. But this one has sweet potatoes! (And scrambled eggs, onions, garlic, peppers, and beans and cheese- everything essential.) I baked my sweet potatoes and mashed 'em with a little sour cream. But you could cube and roast them with the onion, pepper, and garlic to make a potato hash filling, which might be even more amazing. Oh, and go with the tomatillo salsa on this one. Yum.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos
2 medium sweet potatoes, baked or microwaved until tender
2 Tbsp. sour cream + more for serving
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 poblano or green bell pepper (I used a green bell pepper), seeded and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. cumin (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika (or more to taste)
pinch Mexican oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed
4-6 large flour tortillas (4 if they are extra large, 6 if they are medium size), warmed
8 large eggs, whisked
Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
avocado, sliced for serving
1. Peel the skin off the cooked sweet potatoes. Combine the sweet potato flesh with 2 Tbsp. sour cream and mash until smooth.
2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook several minutes. Add the peppers and garlic and continue cooking until soft. Stir in the cumin, paprika, and oregano, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the beans and continue cooking until warmed through. Add to the sweet potato mixture and stir to combine.
3. Meanwhile, preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly butter or coat with cooking spray and add the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until scrambled (to the point of cooked, but not dry). Remove from the heat.
4. Preheat oven to 350 F.
5. Spoon filling into the center of a warm tortilla. Top with scrambled eggs and a generous amount of cheese and drizzle with salsa. Roll up and repeat with the remaning ingredients.
6. Place burritos on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden and warmed through. (You can butter or lightly coat the burritos with cooking spray before baking so they get nice and crunchy on the outside.) Serve with sliced avocado and extra sour cream and salsa.
Makes 4-6 burritos (depending on size).
(Adapted from Fork Heart Knife)