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Smothered Green Chile Breakfast Burritos

September/October 2010

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These breakfast burritos, packed with potatoes, bacon and scrambled eggs then topped with green chile sauce and Cheddar cheese, are a satisfying way to start your day.



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Smothered Green Chile Breakfast Burritos

Makes: 6 servings

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Ingredients

Green Chile Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped roasted mild-to-medium New Mexican green chiles, preferably fresh
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Burritos

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups precooked shredded potatoes (see Note) or frozen hash browns
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas, warmed if desired (see Tip)
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

Preparation

  1. To prepare sauce: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add minced onion and 2 cloves garlic and cook, stirring, until very soft, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add chiles and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook until thickened but still easily spoonable, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.
  2. To prepare burritos: Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Crumble when cooled.
  3. Add chopped onion and 1 clove garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in potatoes. Pat the mixture down evenly and cook, without stirring, for 2 minutes. Scrape up the browned bits, pat back down again and continue cooking without stirring for about 2 minutes more. Repeat until the potatoes are golden brown with some crisp edges, about 2 minutes more.
  4. Reduce heat to low. Stir 1/4 cup sauce and eggs into the potato mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until the eggs are just set, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the bacon and remove from the heat.
  5. Divide the potato-egg mixture among tortillas. Roll each into a burrito and arrange seam-down on plates or a platter. Reheat the sauce, spoon over the burritos and sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 1) for up to 3 days.
  • Tip: To warm tortillas, wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds or wrap in foil and bake at 300°F until steaming, about 5 minutes.
  • Note: Precooked shredded potatoes can be found in the dairy section of most supermarkets or near other fresh prepared vegetables in the refrigerated produce section. To make your own, halve 1 pound unpeeled baking potatoes; cook in lightly salted boiling water until slightly tender but still firm in the center, 7 to 10 minutes. Let cool on a clean cutting board. Shred using the large holes of a box grater.

Nutrition

Per serving: 375 calories; 15 g fat (6 g sat, 5 g mono); 93 mg cholesterol; 45 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 14 g protein; 5 g fiber; 753 mg sodium; 354 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 fat


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Recipe Categories

Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
6
Type of Dish
Main dish, Other
Main Ingredient
Eggs
Ethnic/Regional
Southwest
Preparation/ Technique
Braise/Stew
Saute
Health & Diet Considerations
High calcium
High fiber
Meal/Course
Brunch
Holiday
Cinco de Mayo
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