Indulge in a taste of nostalgia with our delightful Green Chile Sausage Breakfast Burritos. Inspired by the cherished dish from the now-closed Mocha Cafe in Denver, this recipe brings back those comforting flavors with a modern twist. Tender flour tortillas cradling savory turkey sausage, crisp green onions, and impeccably fluffy egg whites. And that’s not all – these burritos get a generous smothering of green chile enchilada sauce and a sprinkle of gooey grated cheese. It’s a breakfast experience that’s quick, easy, just a bit spicy – and a delightful way to start your day!

Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll Love this Sausage Breakfast Burrito Recipe
  2. History Behind These Breakfast Burritos
  3. Green Chile Breakfast Burrito Ingredients
  4. Sausage Breakfast Burrito Substitutions and Variations
  5. How to Make Green Chile Breakfast Burritos
  6. How to Wrap a Burrito
  7. How to Serve Green Chile Breakfast Burritos
  8. Egg White Breakfast Burrito Storage
  9. Healthy Breakfast Burrito FAQs
  10. More Great Breakfast Recipes
  11. Egg White Green Chile Breakfast Burrito

Why you’ll Love this Sausage Breakfast Burrito Recipe

When it comes to breakfast, most of us want something quick and easy to prepare, but tasty and healthy, too. Made with simple ingredients you can find in any grocery store, these burritos are infused with the unique and flavorful taste of New Mexican green chiles. These burritos are sure to become a family favorite!

History Behind These Breakfast Burritos

Back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s there was a fabulous restaurant in Denver called The Mocha Café. I loved going there for breakfast or brunch, and my favorite dish was their Green Chile Burrito. Fluffy scrambled eggs with sausage rolled in a tortilla, topped with enchilada sauce and grated cheese. Yum! Since I’d been craving it for years, one morning I decided to create my own, healthy version of this delectable egg dish, using turkey sausage and egg whites. Green Chile Breakfast Burritos come together in minutes, so no need to wait for the weekend to indulge!

Overhead shot of one breakfast burrito smothered in green chile sauce

Green Chile Breakfast Burrito Ingredients

There are 7 main ingredients in these quick and easy burritos, plus an optional one for garnish (details including quantities are in the recipe card below):

  • Cooked turkey breakfast sausage links
  • Green onions
  • Egg whites
  • Green chile enchilada sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Large flour tortillas, regular or whole wheat
  • Cheddar-Jack cheese
  • Sour cream or la crema, for garnish (optional)

Quick Tip

Warming tortillas makes them easier to wrap.

Sausage Breakfast Burrito Substitutions and Variations

There are many, many ways you can vary the ingredients in these burritos – to fit what you have on hand, and/or your family’s likes and dislikes.

Here’s a few substitution ideas:

  • Breakfast turkey sausage links – use turkey patties, cooked pork sausage links or bacon bits
  • Green onions – use chopped yellow onion, red onion, or shallots
  • Egg whites – use whole eggs or a mixture of eggs + whites
  • Green chile enchilada sauce – substitute prepared red enchilada sauce
  • Lime juice – use lemon juice
  • Cheddar-Jack cheese – use just Cheddar cheese

And, a some possible additions (to the filling):

  • Black beans
  • Chopped red onion
  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Chopped jalapeño pepper
  • More green chiles
  • More cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Chives

For additional garnish, add chopped tomato and/or avocado

plate holding one breakfast burrito smothered in green chile sauce, with a corner open and two more on a platter in the backgrond

How to Make Green Chile Breakfast Burritos

Here’s an overview of how to put these burritos together (details in the recipe card below):

  1. Slice and brown sausage.
    Cut sausage links in half, then slice. Spray a a non-stick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add sliced sausage and cook until beginning to brown.
  2. Add onions.
    Add green onions to the sausage. Cook until onions begin to soften and sausage is fully browned.
  3. Add egg whites.
    Add egg whites and cook, stirring occasionally, until fully cooked.
  4. Warm enchilada sauce.
    While the eggs are cooking, place enchilada sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Warm tortillas.
    Microwave tortillas for 10 to 15 seconds, just until warm.
  6. Wrap burritos; top with sauce and cheese.
    Divide egg mixture evenly between tortillas and roll up (see detail below). Place each burrito, seam side down, on a dinner plate. Top with generous amount of enchilada sauce; sprinkle with grated cheese and freshly ground pepper. Garnish with sour cream or la crema (optional) and chopped green onion. Serve immediately.
3 photos illustrating chopping and cooking sausage, then egg whites

How to Wrap a Burrito

It’s actually easy to wrap a burrito! Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Lay out 1 tortilla.
    Place one tortilla on a clean work surface.
  2. Add filling.
    Place in a log shape, around 1 1/2 inches from bottom and sides of tortilla.
  3. Fold – bottom, then sides.
    Fold bottom portion of tortilla up over filling to cover, then fold in sides.
  4. Roll.
    Roll up tightly. End with the top edge of the tortilla on the bottom of the burrito; flip over if needed. Place on plate.
  5. Repeat.
    Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
collage of 4 photos showing how to roll a burrito

How to Serve Green Chile Breakfast Burritos

I like to serve these burritos on individual dinner plates, with fresh fruit, usually berries, on the side. For a group of 4 to 6 people, place burritos in a row on a serving platter, and top with sauce, cheese and chopped green onion. Pass sour cream on the side. Serve fresh fruit in a bowl alongside.

Egg White Breakfast Burrito Storage

If making ahead or if you have leftovers, cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate. They will last for up to 3 days.

Healthy Breakfast Burrito FAQs

Is eating a burrito for breakfast healthy?

Homemade breakfast burritos can be healthy, depending on what you stuff them with. Our burritos are a good source of protein and provide healthy fat and complex carbohydrates with little sugar – so yes, they can be considered healthy.

How many calories are in a healthy breakfast burrito?

These breakfast burritos have around 500 calories.

What does a breakfast burrito contain?

Breakfast burritos are usually comprised of a large flour tortilla stuffed with typical breakfast ingredients – eggs, potatoes, cheese and sometimes meat (sausage or bacon), vegetables and/or salsa.

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plate holding one breakfast burrito smothered in green chile sauce, with a corner open and two more on a platter in the backgrond

Egg White Green Chile Breakfast Burrito

Green Chile Breakfast Burritos are a healthy and flavorful breakfast option that can be prepared quickly and easily. Flour tortillas are stuffed with turkey sausage, green onion, and light and fluffy scrambled egg whites. To top it off, the burritos are smothered with tasty green chile enchilada sauce and grated cheese. Try this delicious meal for a morning that you won’t soon forget!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Ingredients

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(See substitutions and possible additions in the Notes section below.)

  • 3 cooked turkey breakfast sausage links
  • 3 to 4 green onions (depending on size), chopped (white, light and some of the dark green portion)
  • 3/4 cup egg whites (from 6 to 8 large eggs)
  • 1 cup green chile enchilada sauce (canned, jarred or homemade)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 2 (8 or 9 inch) flour tortillas, white or whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar-Jack cheese
  • Sour cream or la crema, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice the sausage in half lengthwise, then slice into 1/4-inch slices. 
  2. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add sliced sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, around 4 minutes.
  3. Set aside 1 tablespoon of chopped green onions (for garnish); add remainder to the sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to soften and sausage is fully browned, another 4 to 5 minutes..
  4. Add egg whites and cook, stirring occasionally, until fully cooked.
  5. While the eggs are cooking, place the enchilada sauce in a small saucepan. Stir in lime juice and bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally.
  6. Microwave tortillas for 10 to 15 seconds, just until warm. Divide egg mixture evenly between tortillas and roll up (see step-by-step rolling instructions in blog post.)  collage of 4 photos showing how to roll a burrito
  7. Place each rolled burrito, seam side down, on a dinner plate. Top with generous amount of sauce; sprinkle with grated cheese and freshly ground pepper. Garnish with sour cream (if using) and chopped green onion. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutions:

  • Breakfast turkey sausage links – use turkey patties, cooked pork sausage links or bacon bits
  • Green onions – use chopped yellow onion, red onion, or shallots
  • Egg whites – use whole eggs or a mixture of eggs + whites
  • Green chile enchilada sauce – substitute prepared red enchilada sauce
  • Cheddar-Jack cheese – use just Cheddar cheese

Possible additions (to the filling):

  • Black beans
  • Chopped red onion
  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Chopped jalapeño pepper
  • More green chiles
  • More cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Chives

  • Author: Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: breakfast, quick and easy
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 burrito
  • Calories: 505
  • Sugar: 7.8 g
  • Sodium: 1850.3 mg
  • Fat: 26.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Fiber: 7.2 g
  • Protein: 32.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 122.3 mg

Keywords: quick and easy breakfast, healthy breakfast, how to roll a burrito

plate holding one breakfast burrito smothered in green chile sauce, with a corner open and two more on a platter in the backgrond

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.


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