Southwestern Breakfast Burrito Bowls

This post is sponsored by Jennie-O. As always, all opinions and recipes are my own. 

Start the morning with Southwestern Breakfast Burrito Bowls! Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring… and a burrito bowl serves as a blast of flavor. This recipe involves creamy salsa grits, a sweet potato-black bean hash and ground turkey sausage. The spice is balanced with creaminess from the cheese and avocado. What a meal!

breakfast burrito bowl with an egg

Tennessee meets Louisiana meets Texas with a teeny tiny stop in Mississippi.

That’s what this dish is all about: the melding of flavors for an out-of-this-world, ridiculously scrumptious breakfast or brunch that is sure to make your tastebuds happy.

And what better way to do this than by using a Southern staple with some Southwestern flare, a new favorite hash that involves some of my favorite Southwestern flavors, delicious breakfast sausage, topped with an egg, cheese, and some avocado slices.

breakfast burrito bowl surrounded by ingredients in bowls

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    I was super pumped when Jennie-O sent me their All Natural Turkey Sausage earlier this month to use in a breakfast recipe… but it wasn’t until Fat Tuesday that I knew what I was going to make.

    Every Fat Tuesday, we whip up classic Shrimp and Grits. It’s one of our favorite Louisiana dishes, and it reminds me of my time spent in Louisiana, as well as Mississippi.

    While I’m a Southern girl through-and-through, we don’t make grits often. I actually didn’t even try grits until I was in my early 20s, and that was only at the insistence of my best friend’s father. However, I fell in love hard and fast.

    So it’s not surprising that after Fat Tuesday, I had a hankering for more grits.

    a bite of a breakfast burrito bowl on a fork

    I’d like to tell you the inspiration of this dish came one day when I was eating breakfast with my family.

    Unfortunately, I’d be lying.

    This dish is an amalgamation, taking parts of different meals I’ve loved throughout the years and throwing them into one harmonious dish that hits on all the things I love about Southern and Southwestern cuisines.

    Here’s how it goes: It’s got heat without setting your hair on fire. It’s got creaminess, but it’s not so rich that it will give you a stomachache. And it’s got flavor for daysssssssssss.

    breakfast burrito bowl

    The best part? These Southwestern Breakfast Burrito Bowls take about an hour to make, and the recipe feeds four… so you can host some of your favorites for breakfast/brunch.

    Additionally, you can whip up a batch for your family, assuming they’re into these flavors!

    Our daughter, who was adamantly against grits on Fat Tuesday, was a fan of this creamier, spicier variety, so it gets a toddler thumbs up, too!

    turkey sausage in a package

    Sound tasty?

    Scroll on down to find out how to make your own!

    Southwestern Breakfast Burrito Bowl from above, with grits, ground turkey sausage, cheese, avocado, egg and a sweet potato hash on a white background
    Yield: 4 breakfast burrito bowls

    Southwestern Breakfast Burrito Bowls

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour

    Start the morning with Southwestern Breakfast Burrito Bowls! Breakfast doesn't have to be boring... and a burrito bowl serves as a blast of flavor. This recipe balances its spice with the creaminess of cheese and avocado. Top spicy, yet creamy salsa grits with a flavorful sweet potato and black bean hash, turkey sausage and a fried egg. Finish the burrito bowl with avocado slices and a sprinkle of cheese. What a breakfast!

    Ingredients

    Salsa Grits

    • 2 cups milk (whole, 2%, 1% are all fine)
    • 2 cups unsalted chicken or vegetable stock
    • ½ cup salsa
    • 1 cup stone-ground yellow grits
    • 4 oz. cream cheese

    Sweet Potato Black Bean Hash

    • 1 medium sweet potato (about 1 ½ cups diced into ½” cubes)
    • 15 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt and black pepper, to taste
    • ½ cup salsa

    Breakfast Bowls

    • 16 oz. ground turkey sausage
    • 4 eggs
    • Salsa Grits (recipe above)
    • Sweet Potato Black Bean Hash (recipe above)
    • 2 avocados, cut into slices
    • ½ cup white cheddar cheese, shredded

    Instructions

    Make the Salsa Grits

    1. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, pour in the milk and chicken stock. Heat slowly until the mixture begins to lightly bubble, then add the salsa.
    2. When the mixture begins moving again, add the grits and stir vigorously to incorporate.
    3. Cover and lower the heat, cooking for 30-45 minutes, or until the grits have soaked up all the liquid. Open the grits up every 5 or so minutes to stir so they do not become lumpy as they cook.
    4. When the grits have soaked up the liquid, remove from the heat, and add the cream cheese, whisking until the cheese has melted into the grits.
    5. Keep warm until time to serve.

    Make the Sweet Potato Black Bean Hash

    1. While the grits cook, dice the potato into ½” cubes and rinse and drain the canned black beans.
    2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil.
    3. When the oil is warm, add the diced sweet potato to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the sweet potato has softened and begins to brown on all sides.
    4. When the sweet potato has softened, add the black beans, and stir to incorporate in the sweet potato. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
    5. Add the salsa to the pan, stirring constantly before removing from the heat.
    6. Transfer the hash to a bowl, and keep warm for later.

    Cook the Turkey

    1. Cook the ground turkey in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from its packaging, and break up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, breaking it down into bite-sized pieces.
    2. When the turkey is completely browned and cooked through, transfer to a plate, and keep warm.

    Fry the Eggs

    1. In the same skillet, fry the eggs one at a time. Depending on how you like your fried eggs, the cook time will vary.
    2. Crack the egg into an individual bowl and pour into the preheated skillet. Cook over high heat until the yolk is the desired consistency. Remove the egg from the skillet, and cook the other to order.

    Prepare the Bowls

    1. With all the ingredients together, assembly for these bowls is simple.
    2. Scoop the Salsa Grits into the bowl.
    3. Top the grits with the Sweet Potato Black Bean Hash.
    4. Add the turkey sausage to the bowl, as well as the avocado slices.
    5. Top the ingredients with the egg, cooked to your specification.
    6. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the bowls, and enjoy immediately!

    Notes

    Substitution alert: Instead of white cheddar, you can use pepperjack or any other cheese that you like .

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1087Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 407mgSodium: 1919mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 19gSugar: 7gProtein: 73g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    24 Comments

    1. I’ve tried burrito bowls for lunch, but never thought of breakfast! Genius! LOVE the sweet potato hash and the grits!

      1. Thank you, Dorothy! This was such a fun recipe to develop and eat time and again. 😉 You can never go wrong with a burrito bowl!

    2. Wow, this recipe has a bit a many states. Love it. You’ve compiled some fantastic elements to make one delicious bowl.

    3. I love that flavors from different states are all combined in this recipe. I cannot wait to try it!

    4. I’ve never had grits before but everything else in this is totally my taste. It looks like the perfect way to dip my toe into the grits pond!

      1. Oh, Jen! You gotta try grits! They’re so delicious, and this rendition is perfect for a newbie. It’s creamy and delicious with a little spice.

    5. These bowls are going to be a hit with my Hubby! Burritos for breakfast are his jam! 😀

    6. Slap a fried egg on anything and I’m in. Put one on this delicious breakfast bowl, and you’ve made my morning.

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