When the day ahead is an active and long one, it helps to begin with a substantial meal. This is an easy breakfast to execute if you are heading out for a road trip early in the morning and are determined to avoid feeding the guys overpriced fast food on the road. With a little planning, breakfast burritos and lunch can be prepared and packed up before leaving. Shop a day ahead. Prepare the ingredients and set up the coffeemaker the night before. In the morning you’ll need no more than 10 minutes to get this breakfast burrito in the bag.
- 6 large flour tortillas
- 2 small smoked chorizo sausages (or linguica or other cured pork sausages), chopped
- 10 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
- 1/3 cup prepared salsa (such as Muir Glen black bean and corn salsa)
- Hot sauce (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Lay the tortillas on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 1 minute.
- Fry the chorizo in a hot pan for 1 minute, then add the eggs and scramble. Meanwhile, sprinkle cheese over each tortilla. Return the tortillas to the oven and allow the cheese to melt, about 1 minute. Remove from the oven.
- Divide the eggs and sausage evenly among the tortillas, piling the eggs and sausage in the center. Top each one with a tablespoon of salsa and drizzle with hot sauce, if using.
- One at a time, fold the bottom edge of each tortilla up and over the eggs and sausage, fold in each side edge to form an open pocket, then fold down that edge. If not eating immediately, wrap tightly in foil.
Cured Pork Sausage: Chorizo, linguiça, salami, and pepperoni are all smoked or cured spicy pork sausages; Spanish-style chorizo is smoked, but Mexican-style chorizo is made with fresh pork and must be cooked. A little of any of these sausages, minced and added to eggs, beans, soups, and stews, delivers a piquant bottom flavor that is deep and stimulating. Cut and fried, they make a full savory base for simple ingredients like eggs, rice, or pasta, making them taste more complex than they are. Frankly, even hot dogs or bologna could play the same role. They keep in the fridge for a long time and can even be frozen—cut or crumble into serving portions first so you can defrost as needed.