In an attempt to get me to eat more than just Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast every morning, my wife has been trying to find easy foods that I can just heat up and enjoy without having to actually cook anything. At the same time she doesn’t want to just buy me a bunch of Jimmy Dean’s Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches, which, while delicious, probably aren’t the best thing to eat every single morning.
That being said, I’m not sure if her recent discovery of the Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito from Trader Joe’s is any healthier than those frozen breakfast sandwiches, but I have to believe it’s at least a little better.
What’s In The Breakfast Burrito?
Before we get into how it actually tasted, lets take a look at what ingredients are used in this breakfast burrito from Trader Joe’s. Ohhhhh, side note, this burrito is not frozen. It comes wrapped in a brown package with a label on it, and you just throw it in the fridge and heat it up in the microwave for a few minutes when you’re ready to eat it.
I don’t believe that TJ’s hand makes these things every day to sell in the store, but it sure seems like it based on the quality. Way higher quality than the frozen breakfast sandwiches I’m used to. And although I love them, probably (most definitely) higher quality the Taco Bell Breakfast Tacos.
Alright, so anyways, what’s in these breakfast burritos and how do they taste?
I’m not going to rattle off the full list of ingredients here since there’s a lot of random stuff that apparently goes into the construction of this breakfast wrap, but the main things you need to know are scrambled eggs, potatoes, onions, chicken sausage flavored with sage and thyme, all held together with some melty cheddar cheese inside of a flour tortilla.
Those are the main ingredients that make up this breakfast burrito.
And I know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t you determine on the low FODMAP diet that you’re sensitive to onions?”, and yes, through the process of elimination I made an educated guess about being sensitive to onions. And while I do try to avoid them as best as I possibly can, sometimes you just can’t, and you have to eat something that includes them.
Now, as I write this I am having a terrible stomach day and I did eat this burrito for lunch two days ago, but seeing as how I inhaled a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A for dinner last night, and then ate Taco Bell at 10:30PM after my volleyball game, I’d say the odds that the breakfast burrito are causing these digestion issues are pretty slim…
But yes, normally I would avoid onions if I have the chance, but since this burrito was pre-built, I couldn’t really tell them not to put onions in it. And honestly, it didn’t seem like there were that many. You can definitely taste them, and you do get that onion-crunch with pretty much every bite, but I wouldn’t say that I was overwhelmed with the inclusion of the onions in the burrito.
Everything else in the burrito is pretty standard and nothing that I wouldn’t eat on a regular basis, but the most important question is, how did it taste?
How Does it Taste?
Once you get past the fact that it just looks like a pile of whitish mush on the inside, it’s actually quite delicious. It’s hard to mess up a breakfast burrito when the main ingredients are eggs, sausage, potatoes, cheese and onions, it’s the ratios that are important though.
There is a good amount of sausage in this burrito, which I was actually a little surprised about. I figured that Trader Joe’s would be generous with the sausage since, 1. it’s Trader Joe’s, and 2. it has “chicken sausage” right there in the name, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of sausage.
I would also say that the egg to potato ratio was pretty good, but I could have probably used a bit more of both. After heating up the burrito in the microwave it became pretty floppy, which means there’s still room in the tortilla for more ingredients, but it’s a minor complaint as the size was still pretty good. The cheese, on the other hand, was perfect. Just the right amount of cheese to hold everything together and give you a nice mouthful of gooey goodness with every bite.
Ugh, now I want to go get another one for breakfast tomorrow…
The balance of all the ingredients is pretty spot on so that you get a mouthful of everything with each bite. The sausage is not spicy at all, the eggs are great, the potatoes are just normal potatoes, no seasoning or anything, and the cheese was delicious. I pretty much enjoyed everything about this breakfast burrito from Trader Joe’s accept the fact that it has onions in it. If it didn’t have onions it would be perfect… for me. But I don’t think that’s going to be a deterring factor for anyone else, unless of course you’re sensitive to onions.
So overall I would definitely eat this again, obviously, and plan on doing so very soon. The flavors are right, the consistency and ingredients are great, and the ease of cooking/eating is perfect for my laziness when it comes to cooking breakfast in the morning.
We’re big fans of Trader Joe’s easy meals (like their Orange Chicken… I mean, come on, so good), so I may have to start going through and reviewing other things from Trader Joe’s in the future. Don’t even get me started on those chocolate covered, peanut butter filled, pretzels they sell there… ugh, dangerous.
But I’m definitely on a breakfast taco/burrito kick these days, so if anyone knows of a good breakfast burrito I can buy and make at home, that’s also delicious, let me know in the comments so I can give it a try.
And go out and get yourself one of these Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burritos from Trader Joe’s and let me know what you think!
I must say I was disappointed. I saw tons of sausage in there, eggs, cheese, potatoes and even chopped onion. All were present, as advertised. This was all good, but they must blast the things with a negative flavor ray. The primary sensation was texture. That “white cheddar” cheese might as well have been Monterey Jack- it had no punch to it.
Thankfully I had my Herdez green salsa handy and that saved it, but I’m baffled; the sodium count is 850mg but it didn’t taste salty, at all. The extra 200mg from the Herdez takes this sucker to about half my daily allowance of sodium for the day. I guess I’m sticking with the chicken salsa verde burritos for breakfast!