Ah, the vegan breakfast burrito – a thing to behold.
While we have a vegan burrito in our cookbook, I’d yet to make one with tofu. And, truth be told, this version is a bit easier to make. No rice, no beans, no slaw. Just spiced, scrambled tofu, roasted vegetables, ripe avocado, and a sauce of your choice.
Now that you’re imagining yourself with a vegan breakfast burrito in hand, let’s get to it!
Origins of Burritos
It’s not clear when or who invented the burrito, but there are several theories that place its roots in Mexican cuisine. The concept seems to have later been introduced to the US around the 1950s and has since boomed in popularity and taken on many forms. I mean, how can you go wrong with delicious ingredients stuffed in a tortilla?
How to Make These Vegan Breakfast Burritos
This recipe is simple, requiring just 30 minutes from start to finish. And the ingredients are things you likely have on hand right now! The only thing I didn’t have was tortillas, which can be subbed with many things to keep this recipe gluten-free, such as corn tortillas, gluten-free wraps, or collard greens.
While red peppers and potatoes roast away, scramble up some extra-firm tofu with smoky spices like cumin, chili powder, and garlic. Nutritional yeast and hummus add a bit of “umami” to the tofu that I just love. Nutritional yeast seems to have that effect in recipes.
All that’s left to do is wrap! Simply pile as many toppings as you can fit into a tortilla and roll away. If you’ve ever watched the burrito artists at Chipotle do this, you know it’s possible but not easy. You really have to roll and tuck to get everything inside. But trust me – the end result is worth it.
I hope you all LOVE these burritos! They’re:
& So delicious
These would make a delicious on-the-go breakfast for kids in the morning or for weekend adventuring like hiking or picnics. They’re delicious on their own, but they are also tasty served with leftover breakfast potatoes, fruit, pinto beans, or Crispy Hash Browns.
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Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito (30 minutes!)
- 5 whole baby potatoes (chopped into bite-size pieces)
- 1 medium red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1 tsp oil (or 1 Tbsp (15 ml) water)
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder (not ground chili)
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 3-4 large flour or gluten-free tortillas (ensure vegan friendly – I like TJ’s brand)
- 1 medium ripe avocado (chopped or mashed)
- Chunky red or green salsa or hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (use more baking sheets if increasing batch size). In the meantime, also wrap tofu in a clean towel and set something heavy on top – such as a cast-iron skillet – to press out excess moisture. Then crumble with a fork into fine pieces. Set aside.
- Add potatoes and red pepper to the baking sheet, drizzle with oil (or water) and spices, and toss to combine. Bake for 15-22 minutes or until fork tender and slightly browned. Add kale in the last 5 minutes of baking to wilt, tossing with the other vegetables to combine seasonings.
- In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water), garlic, and tofu and sauté for 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently, to slightly brown.
- In the meantime, to a small mixing bowl, add the hummus, chili powder, cumin, nutritional yeast, salt, and cayenne (optional). Stir to combine. Then add water until a pourable sauce is formed (1-3 Tbsp as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Then add parsley and stir. Add the spice mixture to the tofu and continue cooking over medium heat until slightly browned – ~3-5 minutes. Set aside.
- Assemble burritos: Roll out a large tortilla. Add generous portions of the roasted vegetables, scrambled tofu, avocado, cilantro, and a bit of salsa. Roll up and place seam side down (you can wrap in foil to keep warm – optional). Continue until all toppings are used up – about 3-4 large burritos.
- Enjoy immediately for best results. Alternatively, you can package and refrigerate these up to 4 days (or the freezer for 1 month). Just microwave or heat in the oven before eating (be sure to remove foil if heating in microwave).
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated using flour tortillas.