Healthy Freezer Burritos packed with scrambled eggs, black beans, pepper, onions, and cheese make the best meal prep breakfast. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down
Make these frozen breakfast burritos for meal prep to make breakfast easy, healthy, and delicious. There really is nothing better than grabbing one of these in the morning to kick off the day. Other meal prep breakfast recipes we love are these Freezer Breakfast Quesadillas and Frozen Oatmeal Cups.
I am always shocked to see how much people spend and how many calories are wasted on fast food breakfast burritos when they are so easy to make at home. Making a healthy breakfast burrito at home couldn't be easier and for under $1 per burrito, you can stock your freezer full of breakfasts that are ready in less than 2 minutes on any busy morning. Mix up the ingredients to create any combination you like and don't be scared to pack in the veggies. Just remember to wrap them in a moist paper towel to reheat them so everything doesn't dry out.
Pro tip: Create an assembly line to make all kinds of burritos in just a few minutes. Start by making your scrambled eggs and any fillings you want to use. Lay everything out and assemble the burritos, creating different combinations in each one. Then simply label each burrito with its fillings when wrapping. For example, you could make these black bean and pepper burritos, make others with turkey bacon, spinach, and cheese. Make a third option with ground turkey sausage, chipotle, and peppers. Label each accordingly and freeze so you have plenty of variety.
Are breakfast burritos healthy?
Not surprisingly, it all depends on what's inside. Some breakfast burritos are really healthy (like the recipe included here) and some pack in well over 600 calories and 30 grams of fat.
When making or buying a breakfast burrito, look for one that uses healthy ingredients like eggs or egg whites, veggies, and lean proteins like turkey bacon, turkey sausage, or lean ham. Try to avoid greasy options like oil-laden fried hashbrowns, mountains of cheese (a little is fine), or items like tater tots. Avocado and guacamole are great, but they do add fat and calories, so it depends on your dietary goals. And if possible, look for whole wheat or whole grain tortilla to add some extra nutrients.
How long do freezer breakfast burritos last?
Normally it is recommended that you consume breakfast burritos within about 3-4 months in the freezer. Make sure to pack them in an airtight wrap so that they stay fresh and you avoid freezer burn. Store bought breakfast burritos may have a longer freezer life, depending on how they are packaged and made. Look for the use-by date on the package.
Can you freeze avocado in a breakfast burrito?
Avocado does not freeze very well when used in a burrito. It will brown and get mushy over time. Additionally, it doesn't reheat well and generally speaking, you won't want the avocado to heat up as much as the other ingredients. For that reason, it is best to save the avocado or guacamole to add right before serving.
What's the best way to reheat a frozen breakfast burrito?
Breakfast burritos are most commonly reheated in the microwave. To keep them moist, I like to wrap the burrito in a moist paper towel. This helps retain the moisture and ensures the burrito doesn't get rubbery. In most microwaves, they will take 2-3 minutes.
Additionally, you can gently reheat the burrito in the microwave on power 50% and then crisp up the outside in a skillet if you have a bit more time.
With all that said, the best way to reheat a breakfast burrito is to let it defrost overnight in the fridge. Then in the morning, wrap it in foil and pop it in the oven (or toaster oven) at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes to heat through. You can also reheat the defrosted burrito in a skillet for a delicious, crispy outside. Just make sure to do this over medium heat so the outside doesn't burn before the inside is warmed through.
How to avoid soggy freezer burritos
One main problem with frozen burritos is that they can get soggy. There are a few tricks to avoid this. First, make sure to let the eggs and any fillings fully cool before making the burritos. You can also start with a thin layer of cheese (slices work great) to create a barrier between the tortilla and the egg filling. This helps to keep the tortilla from getting soggy and mushy.
Recipe Ideas for Freezer Breakfast Burritos
- Add meat: These burritos are delicious with some mat as well. Consider adding some cooked turkey bacon, cooked turkey sausage, deli ham, or even chicken.
- Add hash browns: For some people, it's not a breakfast burrito if it doesn't have some hashbrowns. For an easy solution, just grab a bag of refrigerated hashbrowns (or defrosted frozen) and add them in as a layer in your burrito. Even if you plan on freezing them, I recommend adding them defrosted since they release liquid when they defrost initially and can lead to a soggy burrito.
- Try new veggies: Peppers and onions work great but so do so many other veggies. Consider trying some shredded zucchini, diced broccoli, cauliflower rice, cooked spinach, or any other veggies you enjoy. We also love adding some diced drained tomatoes.
- Taco seasoning: To really kick up the flavor, add some homemade or storebought taco seasoning to your egg and bean mixture.
- Add salsa: Salsa can be a great addition to these burritos but they can also cause the tortilla to get soggy. If you plan on freezing these, I like to add the salsa once it is reheated to keep it from getting soggy. The only exception to this would be if you limit it to a really small amount and scramble it right into the eggs.
Healthy Freezer Breakfast Burritos
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- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 U red pepper, sliced thin
- 1 U green pepper, sliced thin
- 1/2 cup red onion, sliced thin
- 14 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 10 U eggs
- 12 tbsp. reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 U low carb tortillas
- Salt and pepper to taste
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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