FilMex Breakfast Burrito
Tocino with egg and garlic fried rice is a common breakfast fare in the Philippines. Tocino refers to sweet cured pork which, when cooked, looks and tastes like carmelized barbecue . The best tocino is made in Pampanga province of Central Luzon. It is often served with fresh tomatoes and sprinkled with vinegar.
I like to experiment with fusion dishes. You’ve probably heard about TexMex. I’m calling this one FilMex, because it is a fusion of the Filipino tocino and the Mexican breakfast burrito. To be sure, I asked my Mexican co-worker to taste test my concoction, and she loved it, suggesting I add cilantro to my recipe, which I did.
I especially like flavored tortillas, so I used tomato-flavored flour tortillas, but spinach or regular tortillas would work just as well.
Tocino is available pre-packaged at the freezer section of many Asian supermarkets in the U.S. and elsewhere.
So for your next breakfast, make it a FilMex Breakfast Burrito!
One, 12 oz package Tocino
1 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
2 tbsps white vinegar
3 tomato-flavored flour tortillas
1 cup shredded jack cheese
1 tsp freeze dried garlic
2 tbsps Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup water
1 fresh avocado, cut into crescent slices (optional)
Heat 1 tbsp Olive oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add dried garlic and sauté until golden brown. Add cooked rice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large wok, pour in water and add the tocino. Continue to cook until all the water evaporates. Add 1 tbsp Olive oil and fry the tocino until it is tender and starts to carmelize. Remove from heat, cut into thin strips and set aside. Taking one tortilla at a time, place a third of the fried rice, tocino, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, green onions and cheese in the center, sprinkle some white vinegar over the mixture, then roll the tortilla to make the burrito. Repeat the process for the remaining tortillas and mixture. You can wrap the burritos in aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, remove foil and heat the burritos in the microwave for about 1 minute. Serve with avocado slices.