A recipe for Carne Asada Breakfast Burritos inspired by our visits to Redondo Beach, California! These breakfast burritos are packed with grilled steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheese, and salsa.
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Redondo Beach is located in the South Bay of Los Angeles County about seven miles (11 kilometers) south of LAX and 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Downtown Los Angeles.
This area became an incorporated city on April 18th, 1892. Learn more about the history of Redondo Beach on the Redondo Beach website.
The city is split into two sections with a thin strip of land connecting them and a total of 6.2 square miles (16 km2). North Redondo is slightly inland with Hermosa/Manhattan Beach to the west and Torrance/Lawndale to the east. The area is generally residential with a few parks and shops.
South Redondo is along the coast with Hermosa Beach to the north and Torrance to the east/south.
I first visited Redondo Beach for a short weekend in 2016 to see friends while Chad was in the area for work, but we have had the wonderful opportunity to live just a short drive away for the past four years! Today, I am sharing a few of our favorite spots in the area.
Kirari West is a family owned bake shop located in a large shopping center at 707 N Pacific Coast Highway about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) north of the Redondo Beach Pier. The Saito family opened their first bakery in 2011 in Fukushima, Japan and were the only shop in the region to carry non-wheat pastries.
In 2014, Hiro Saito and his family opened this Redondo Beach location. It is also completely gluten-free with a wonderful variety of drinks, bread, sandwiches, and savory and sweet pastries.
I have visited often and especially enjoy their Matcha Latte, Brioche au Chocolat, Cinnamon Custard Brioche, and Veggie Egg Melt. For those wanting to make gluten-treats at home, Kirari West sells bags of their custom bread mix in the shop and online.
Bollywood Zaika is only a few stores away from Kirari West in the same shopping center and has been a great spot to pick up lunch. They pair Indian classics with customizable wraps, bowls, small plates, sandwiches, and more.
So far we have tried the Spinach and Cheese Samosa, Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese with garlic, fenugreek, and spices), Samosa Pav (samosa sandwich on buns with chutney), Pav Bhaji (Indian buns with blended veggies), Dabeli (peanut potato sandwich), and Paneer Kathi Roll (marinated cheese cubes in spiced cashew, tomato, and yogurt sauce and wrapped in flaky paratha).
Phanny’s at 1021 S Pacific Coast Highway is home to some of the best breakfast burritos we have tried so far. Open since 1982, this small counter service is currently (at the time of this post) open Tuesday-Saturday 7am-2pm.
I always get their Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito, but other fantastic options include bacon, ham, sausage, veggie, soy chorizo, and more.
Japonica is situated in South Redondo at 1304 1/2 S Pacific Coast Highway. This Sushi/Ramen/Izakaya-based restaurant has a variety of small plates, noodles, fun craft sushi rolls, and more. The gyoza and Japonica Fried Chicken are particular favorites with the kids. I also love their bottled Sada Smoked Soy Sauce.
They recently opened a second location in Hermosa Beach.
Krust Bakery & Cafe is attached to the same building as Japonica at 1300 S Pacific Coast Highway. The bakery recently changed ownership and now features a delicious assortment of coffee, tea, specialty drinks, quiches, sandwiches, donuts, and more baked goods.
Photographed above are their chocolate croissants, bacon and chive scone, breakfast pie, avocado toast (so good!), and Cinnamon Honey Latte (another favorite).
Bettolino Kitchen is another restaurant we have frequented for takeout lately. A part of a 4th generation South Bay restaurant family, the owners’ parents founded Gaetano’s Restaurant in Torrance and their great-grandparents founded Giuliano’s Gardena!
Their menu highlights classic Italian flavors with a modern Californian twist. I especially love the variety of handmade pasta. A favorite continues to be their Tortelloni al Limone (spinach and ricotta stuffed pasta with a lemon cream sauce).
As with Gaetano’s, Bettolino Kitchen has put together a simple online ordering system along with the incredibly convenient option of curbside pickup to easily enjoy everything at home.
I first visited Hi-Fi Espresso‘s Hermosa Beach location, but they recently opened a second spot in Redondo Beach at 1815 S Catalina Avenue with the addition of breakfast items!
Their French Toast Latte continues to be my favorite, but I also enjoyed the Espresso Fizz (double shot espresso with tonic water and orange wedge), toast, and sandwiches.
Jiayuan Dumpling House
Jiayuan Dumpling House opened in June 2021 at 1904 South Pacific Coast Highway. They focus on Northeastern Chinese cuisine and authentic handmade dumplings.
So far I have tried the Pan-Fried Pork Napa Dumplings and Fried Pumpkin Patties (mashed pumpkin with sweet rice flour and lightly fried). Both were absolutely fantastic!
Taishi Hainan Chicken
There are a few variations of Hainan Chicken Rice depending on the region in Southeast Asia. Taishi Hainan Chicken feature the Thai-style with options for original steamed chicken or lightly breaded and fried chicken rice. We also enjoyed the herbal chicken soup, fried dumplings, veggie egg rolls, and Thai tea.
They now have a second location in Long Beach.
Fatto a Mano, The Pasta Shop
Fatto a Mano, The Pasta Shop opened in a small shopping center at 610 Torrance Blvd shortly after we moved to Los Angeles. It quickly became a favorite for both me and the kids.
They have put together a fantastic assortment of homemade pasta, salads, Roman-style pizza, pies, and desserts. There are a few intimate tables inside the small space, but ordering take-out has also been easy through their website.
The kids always go for the homemade pasta with pesto sauce, while I love the pizza (especially the Cacio e Pepe and Romagnola- 24 month aged Parma ham, Italian imported Crescenza cheese, and Arugula).
Pursue Coffee is another incredible coffee shop in the South Bay. It is tucked away in North Redondo at 1503 Aviation Blvd with a very limited parking lot.
Their Vanilla Bean Latte is wonderful along with the Egg Salad Toast and Avocado Toast.
These are just a few of our favorite spots in Redondo Beach, but the small city is filled with so many other places and new locations we haven’t had a chance to try yet.
Carne Asada Breakfast Burritos
After trying the burritos at Phanny’s, we decided to make our own version at home! These Carne Asada Breakfast Burritos are packed with grilled steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, shredded cheese, and salsa.
The burritos take some planning, particularly a few hours to marinate the beef, but overall come together relatively easily.
A Few Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito Tips
Marinate the steak for at least 4 hours and preferably up to overnight before cooking.
I used store-bought frozen hash browns and pan-fried them until tender and golden. Chenée Today also has instructions on how to cook frozen shredded hash browns in the air fryer. Want to make your own hash browns? Grandbaby Cakes has a recipe for homemade hash browns using russet potatoes.
I layered the ingredients in each burrito before wrapping closed, but you can also mix everything together gently in a bowl first. This will add a bit of every flavor in each bite.
Take care not to overfill the tortillas. Otherwise, you won’t be able to wrap them completely to seal.
Carne Asada Breakfast Burritos Recipe
Adapted from Latin American Street Food
Carne Asada Breakfast Burritos
- 1/3 cup (80 milliliters) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 medium onion peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pound (450 grams) sirloin or skirt steak
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
To assemble the burritos:
- 2 tablespoon (30 grams) unsalted butter divided
- 10 ounces (280 grams) frozen hash browns
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 8 large eggs
- 6 ounces (170 grams) Colby-Jack cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) Salsa
- 6 large flour tortillas
To prepare the Carne Asada:
- In a large bowl, combine the orange juice, lime juice, onion, garlic, and bay leaves.
- Add the steak, making sure it is fully covered in the marinade, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to overnight.
- In a small bowl, mix together the salt, black pepper, thyme, oregano, cumin, and red pepper.
- Set an outdoor grill over high heat or an indoor grill pan over medium high heat.
- Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry. Sprinkle each side with the salt mixture.
- Place the prepared steak on the heated grill. Cook until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes per side.
- Remove the steak from heat and set aside from 10 minutes. Thinly slice the steak against the grain, then in bite size pieces. Set aside.
To assemble the burritos:
- Place a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon butter.
- Once melted, add the hash browns in a single layer. Do this in batches if needed to avoid over-crowding the pan.
- Cook until crispy on each side and season with salt. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Place the pan back on the stove over medium-low heat and add another tablespoon of butter.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour the eggs into the heated skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly scrambled. Remove from heat.
- Place a large tortilla on work surface. Add a few pieces of the eggs, hash browns, shredded cheese, salsa, and cooked Carne Asada. Take care not to overfill.
- Fold in the sides, then wrap the burrito up to seal. Repeat with remaining tortillas and ingredients.
- Place the wrapped burritos back on the grill or indoor grill pan over medium heat.
- Cook on each side until golden and heated through enough to melt the cheese.
- Serve immediately with additional salsa if desired.