Meal Prepping Breakfast Burritos Couldn't Be Easier With This Muffin Tin Hack

Meal prep champions know that when you put in the effort to plan and create balanced meals, you free up precious time and energy for the week ahead. However, once you get into a rhythm, it is easy for your tastebuds to get a little bored of eating the same dishes week after week, even if you switch up the ingredients.

A breakfast burrito is one such item that is great for meal prep in theory, but too often falls victim to sogginess, ruptures, and unrolling. Enter your trusty muffin tin. This method draws on the ease of egg bites — another meal prep workhorse — but gives them a breakfast burrito upgrade.


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You will use exactly the same items that you would normally reach for — scrambled eggs, pre-cooked breakfast meats, veggies, shredded cheese, and more. Start by rolling up a couple of flour tortillas, or opt for gluten free or corn if you prefer. Once they are in a tube shape, hold the roll upright, and use kitchen shears to cut off a segment at the height of the muffin cup. The rounds of tortilla will expand to fill each muffin cup. Top off with the raw scrambled egg mixture and whatever inclusions strike your fancy. Bake until golden brown, and you have breakfast burrito bites that are easy to store, downright adorable, and positively delicious. The egg will be tender and flavorful, and the top edge of the tortilla will get nice and crisp.

Tips for making breakfast burrito cups

One of the most common mistakes with cooking egg bites is failing to adequately grease the pan. Even a non-stick muffin tin can use a good coating of spray, butter, or oil. Without this step, your burrito cups are likely to stick.

It is also important to season at each step. Even though ingredients like bacon, breakfast sausage, and cheese are salty, the eggs and any vegetables are not. Somewhere around ⅛ of a teaspoon per egg should be the right amount, depending on your preferences. Use restraint if you are using lots of sodium-heavy ingredients, but chances are that you will still need a little salt. You can also use spices like garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder to amp up the flavor. As for any veggie add-ins, cut them very finely so that they cook in the same amount of time as the eggs. Watery ingredients like summer squash or dense add-ins like potatoes should definitely be pre-cooked ahead of time.

Once your breakfast burrito egg bites are finished baking, allow them to cool, and then store them in an airtight container or zip-top bag. They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to about five days or in the freezer for a couple of months — that is if you don't devour them on the day you make them.

Breakfast burrito cup recipe ideas

You can stick with the burrito theme here, or use the concept as inspiration for any number of fun combinations. Try frozen or canned corn, chili powder, a bit of cilantro, and cotija cheese for an elote-inspired take; go for diced steak or chicken, bell peppers, onions, and shredded cheddar for fajita bites. Keep them vegetarian and proteinaceous by using some black beans, pinto beans, or vegetarian taco meat made from tempeh or tofu.

Don't forget to top off your breakfast burrito egg cups with your favorite salsa, red or green hot pepper sauce, or a little dollop of sour cream before you dive in. Just microwave each burrito cup for about 30 seconds and reheat them first.

These bites are also a great way to repurpose leftovers from the night before in an interesting new way. Go for a combination of pita bread, spiced chickpeas, zucchini, and feta — or garlic bread, some sliced meatballs, and parmesan. Use the formula of bready carb plus egg mixture plus yummy stuff to make a whole variety of egg bites that are satiating, creative, and delicious.