Fuel up for the day ahead with these breakfast burritos

We’ve been on a lot of camping trips. Whether for the sake of getting away and relaxing or a means to waking up closer to the trailhead of our big hike or bike ride, we’ve spent a lot of time in a tent.

Over the years, we’ve found that one breakfast stands out among the rest, and has become our go-to for most camping trips. This is the breakfast burrito. And we’re not just talking about any old breakfast burrito. The Southwest breakfast burrito is the perfect blend of hearty and spicy, providing that extra little boost to help you wake up and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Why the Southwest Breakfast Burrito

Green chiles are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, both of which are beneficial to immune system health. They also contain vitamins B and E, which are a good source of iron and potassium. Low in calories, green chiles do not contain fat or cholesterol, and also help to block your body’s absorption of cholesterol. Due to the capsaicin found in green chile, eating them can also increase your metabolism. 

And the best part about green chile in your breakfast burritos? Between the tyrosine in cheese — an amino acid that makes us feel content — and the savory, delicious properties of bacon, the spicy properties of green chile cause our bodies to release endorphins, which reduce pain and induce euphoria.

So basically, Southwest breakfast burritos are an all-around, feel-good food.

What You’ll Need
  • Potatoes
  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Flour tortillas
  • Hatch green chile
  • Hot Sauce (optional)

Pro Tip: If using fresh green chile, the chiles can be roasted over the fire the night before to give it that nice roasted flavor indicative of Hatch green chiles. To roast green chiles, simply wrap in foil and place on grate or on the outside of the coals for about 30 minutes, making sure to flip often as not to unevenly roast them.

Editor’s Note: Both the author of this story and the videographer are from New Mexico and share strong feelings with regard to the current Hatch vs. Pueblo green chile debate. Feel free to use Pueblo chiles in your breakfast burritos, but they probably won’t be as good.