I am lucky to live in a place where you really could eat outside most months of the year. We have a special little spot, the grass hill above Salt Creek Beach, that has been our go-to picnic spot for a number of years. It's no secret, families and couples gather on that hill around 5 o'clock with coolers of mismatched tupperware, wine in plastic cups or take out of choice. It's a pretty mild incline, so while eating on a hill may sound bothersome, it's quickly excused when you figure the expansive view of the ocean everyone sees because of it. One of these days we'll post a picture for you, because it truly is one of my favorite spots on earth.

While the people watching at dinner time is entertaining, we recently discovered the joy that is picnicking in the morning. I pick up breakfast burritos, Hugh brings coffee in a thermos, and we watch the quiet waves. It's almost too perfect, oh and I love it. The only caveat is that there aren't too many breakfast foods that travel well. I imagine a frittata would suffice, or maybe even some pancakes if you wrapped them in the right container. However, a breakfast burrito requires no utensils and in the case of the recipe below, you get your grains, protein, and vegetables in one package! If you do decide to make them, whether you're picnicking or not, add or take away fillings as you desire. Change the cheese, add bacon or potatoes if you're feeling authentic. Whether it's your backyard or a short drive to a pretty spot, this is the season to eat outside, go.

The deal with burritos, is that if you use standard size tortillas, the goods burst out. So after trial and error, we suggest either getting the large tortillas, or using corn tortillas, and making breakfast tacos as an alternative. Alter the amount of filling according to what size tortilla you choose.

10 Eggs
1/4 Cup Whole Milk
1/3 Cup Chopped Cilantro/Basil
Pinch of Sea Salt/Pepper/ Red Pepper flakes

2 Cups Baby Tomatoes
1 Tsp. Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Diced Yellow Onion
Pinch of Sea Salt

2 Cups Baby Spinach
1 Cup Shredded Pepperjack
1 Avocado

4 Large, Whole Grain Tortillas (see note above)

Oven to 350'

1. Halve the baby tomatoes and put them on a rimmed baking tray. Add the diced onion, pinch of salt, olive oil and toss to coat. Roast on the upper rack for 20-25 minutes while you get everything else ready.
2. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl, add the milk and generously pinch of salt, red pepper flakes and pepper and whisk well. Whisk until they are a consistent color and all yolks are broken up. Add the eggs into a saucepan over medium heat (you really want almost medium low, as eggs that are cooked a bit slower tend to have a softer texture that flash cooked on high heat. Remember, you have to wait 20 minutes for the tomatoes anyway). Scramble the eggs slowly, when they are a few minutes to done, toss in all of the chopped herbs and turn off the heat, they will continue to cook, I promise.
3. Warm each of your tortillas over the stove to warm through, I like mine to get a few little blisters on each side. Lay them on a cutting board and sprinkle with the cheese. Make a layer of baby spinach, pile a quarter of the eggs, and the roasted tomato/onion mix, down the middle of each tortilla. Layer thin slices of avocado on top. Fold both ends, and roll if using a big burrito tortilla. If using taco size, you'll halve the amount of goodies per tortilla.

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Reader Comments (57)

Ooh we love burritos! These look fabulous.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

these look delicious! i want to have a breakfast picnic. :)

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAsha

Mmmm, breakfast picnic! I love this idea. We often eat on the back patio during the warmer months, but our view is the back of an old factory. A seaside hill sounds positively divine.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

Okay, anything with the word "breakfast" and "burrito" has my FULL attention! Looks delish!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

these look soo amazing! I love breakfast burritos! (not to mention picnics, and anything containing avocados)

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Well I'm not sure I have such an idyllic locale to enjoy these burritos - but I'm definitely giving these a try regardless! My fire escape should suffice...they look delicious!


i've had them, they're amazing and everyone should make these so they can enjoy a party in their mouth.


August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Ohhh, girl! Now you're talking. Those photos are blowing my mind! Thanks for the delicious inspiration... And enjoy all that is wonderful about those mornings at Salt Creek-- that's livin' many of us rarely get to taste!. The Morrisons miss Cali! Thanks for the constant slice of down home Cali cuisine. We need you!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Photos beautiful as always! And I love love love the idea of having a breakfast picnic. Ocean views are nice too.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkickpleat

Breakfast burritos or breakfast tacos are deliciouso! Don't forget that verdolagas (purslane) make fantastic tacos and are a very traditional breakfast food. The sauteed purslane tastes like spinach. I did a post on it when my garden was bursting with purslane.

This looks delicious!!! I love the addition of avocado ~ I am sure that its creamy-ness adds the perfect texture and extra special something to this breakfast. <3

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ Sohdalex

Love this recipe! My husband will thank you! xoxo Valerie

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I love picnics though I do not have enough of them. Love the pic of the avocado clever Sara and Hugh! How are the wedding plans coming along ??

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoco @ Roost

i recently found your blog and was blown away by the beautiful photos and delicious looking food. i showed my husband and after seeing some of your recipes has decided to eat more healthy... so thank you for that!
we're huge breakfast burrito eaters over here - my boys love them after a good surf in the morning (creek locals!) i'll definitely be sharing this recipe with the hus and kids. thanks again!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkassi

This looks amazing and I can only imagine tastes as good! I look forward to making it!

Sounds like an amazing spot! I love picnics, but have never thought of an am one. Looks perfect!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

The tomatoes are looking great!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTender B.

i want to GO to this spot next time in southern cali. you have to divulge your secret spot! i love the sound of breakfast and watching the sea . . .

love the breakfast burrito idea!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleela

I'm available for brunch tomorrow. Just so you know.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

To think that every morning I commute to work and have my morning cappuccino still on the train. I do have some beautiful early morning views of fields or even sunset depending on the time of the year. However, I do love the sea and to watch it every morning would be a dream come true. What a great, healthy breakfast. I could just about imagine the flavours playing in my mouth.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValentina

Absolutely stunning! Can't wait to try them. I've been having cooked quinoa for breakfast all winter (southern hemisphere here) and i'm sooooooo ready for a change. Looking forward to trying these this weekend :)

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe @ Eden Kitchen

what a yummy looking breakfast

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

I have tons of baby tomatoes from my CSA and this is a great way to use them - breakfast, lunch or dinner! I am very envious of your morning beach spot, although right now my back porch has been providing much solace on Saturday and Sunday mornings this summer. Nothing like dining outside! Thanks, Sara.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Love the colors of this dish. Breakfast burritos....want one!!
Great ingredients and easy to make.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermy little expat kitchen

Your pictures, your recipes and your careful thought for aesthetics makes food beautiful... addicted.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

These look amazingly delicious and I love the idea of a breakfast picnic on a week day! I'm about 90% sure that I won't actually be able to ever get my rear end out of bed in time to do it but...if the day comes then this is what I'll make! Love it.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngharad

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I think :)

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

How funny. My husband and I used to go to Salt Creek Beach all the time when we lived out there. We loved that place!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKari

Great food for travel indeed. Like those burritos and again the pictures look very nice!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

Breakfast burritos are in my DNA! Heck, you can buy them in TX at the gas station in the morning, and but nobody heads off on a roadtrip without a bag in the front seat! This look awesome - the roasted tomatoes got me - I usually just scramble them in with the egg to get all the seedy juice in there! Great photos!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUrMomCooks

This totally transported me. I'm craving a breakfast picnic on the water now! You may call it a "nauseatingly perfect" outing, but you could totally leave out the sounds lovely.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie

Ummm. Eggs - the perfect food (well until recently, I guess). ;) Never thought of roasting the veggies. Sounds delicious!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

Of course, I love the fact that you roasted the cherry tomatoes first. I say something magic happens when roasting tomatoes. I never do breakfast burritos at home, and I should!

Because of my stupid cholesterol, I'm going to have to attempt a cheeseless version of this made with mostly egg whites. Wish me luck!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I love breakfast burritos! I've done a similar recipe and it's one of my favorites.

The addition of avocado really makes the dish. Love the idea of roasting tomatoes, I've normally added fresh pico de gallo, which is also really good, but I'm excited to try this version!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)

I'm totally not a breakfast eater but I would devour these for dinner. I wish we had more picnic weather in these parts. We certainly have the views and we have the spots but alas, too much rain.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I love any version of the breakfast sandwich and this burrito looks especially delicious! I love all of your recipes and can't wait to try this one soon!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

yum! another solution to the too much stuffing scenario is to leave the tortilla open and turn this into a huevos racheros-style deal, but then things are less portable and more suitable to a sit-down breakfast rather than a picnic. still delicious though!

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGabrielle

Alright, not to sound like a naysayer, but I'm no fan of breakfast burritos -- too stodgy, too often. But these, now THESE, look very fine indeed. In fact I think I smell a craving coming on...

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

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OMG, the breakfast burrito is one of my favorite culinary inventions. I've had some of the best in my life in Austin, TX and dream of having them at home, but never motivate myself to do it. Your beautiful pictures and description of your favorite spot are inspiring!

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlin

If only I could drag myself out of bed early enough to have a breakfast picnic! It might have to be considered a "brunch" picnic! These burritos look fantastic!

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

Delicious photos! This would surely make my breakfast!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa @ Foodista

I love your photos! These breakfast burritos look delicious and I love all the chunky filling inside.I cant wait to try it at home.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Oooh, yum! I love the idea of a breakfast picnic. There is a park just a block from our new apartment, I may have to plan a breakfast burrito outing!

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ CozyDelicious

I love the photos from the top.
Eeverything is so colorful and fun.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramelia from Z Tasty Life

Hugh, your photos are always so gorgeous and inspiring! Sara, LOVE the idea of a breakfast picnic! This looks delicious.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy @ GingerandBerries

Can't wait to try this, I love anything with avocado-- thanks!!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Mountcastle

that avocado looks amazing.

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramee

I'm cravin these. Can't wait for the weekend, for some good end-of-the-week lazy, big breakfasts!

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

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