Cheese Crusted California Breakfast Burrito

How to make Cheese Crusted California Breakfast Burrito

Chef Tom fires up the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill for a jalapeño and Cheese Crusted California Breakfast Burrito featuring smoked tri-tip, hash browns, eggs and so much more!

Cheese Crusted California Breakfast Burrito

Yield: 6 servings


For the Smoked Tri-Tip:


For the Burritos:



Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill to 250ºF. Set up the grill with a half depth shelf on top, a Yoder Smokers griddle over the fire (smooth side up) and the diffuser or diffuser door removed.


Trim any silver skin or excess hard fat from the surface of the tri-tip. Coat the surface of the tri-tip with Heat Maverick’s Jalapeño Vice Hot Sauce, then season with Cattleman’s Grill California Tri-Tip Seasoning.


Smoke the tri-tip on the second shelf of the grill, until it reaches an internal temperature of 125ºF. Remove from the grill. Wrap in foil to rest for 10 minutes. Dice into small pieces for the burrito.


Remove the second shelf of the grill. Increase the grill temperature to 450ºF.


Melt 2 tbsp beef tallow. Drizzle over the tater tots. Season with finely ground Cattleman’s Grill California Tri-Tip Seasoning. Spread evenly in a single layer on a sheet pan. Bake on the right side of the grill (away from the fire) for about 15 minutes, until browned on the bottom. Flip, then keep cooking until fully crisped, about 5-10 minutes more.


When you place the pan of tater tots on the grill, also melt the remaining 2 tbsp of tallow on the griddle. Add the sliced onions to the griddle. Season with Jacobsen Salt Co. Kosher Sea Salt, and let cook, tossing and turning occasionally, until softened and slightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from the grill.


To build the burritos, start two portions by placing 1/2 -3/4 cup diced tri-tip on the griddle for each burrito. Toss to warm through and start to crisp the surface. Add tater tots and griddled onions to each portion. Chop and toss with a spatula and dough scraper.


Squeeze about two eggs worth of the beaten egg mixture around the perimeter of each portion of filling. Scrape and toss the eggs into the meat mixture as it cooks.


Place two tortillas on your work surface, overlapping like a Venn diagram. Place the filling from the griddle in the center. Add Chihuahua cheese, Holme’s Made Marty’s Fire Roasted Green Chile Salsa, Heat Maverick’s Jalapeño Vice Hot Sauce and half an avocado. Roll the tortillas tightly around the filling. Repeat for the other portion of filling.

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Place sliced jalapeño rounds in a row from front to back, on the griddle. Cover with about 3/4 cup shredded cheddar. Place the burrito on the cheese. When a crust has formed on the bottom, flip the burrito, lengthwise to coat the opposite side of the burrito in cheese. Remove when both sides are coated in crusted cheese and jalapeños.


For reference, each burrito contains:

1/2 cup diced tri-tip

1/2 sliced onion, griddled

8-10 tater tots

2 eggs, whisked

2 10” flour tortillas

1/2 cup chihuahua cheese, shredded

1/2 avocado

1/4 cup salsa

Heat Maverick’s Jalapeno Vice Hot Sauce

12 sliced jalapeno rounds

3/4 cup shredded cheddar blend


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