Breakfast Burrito With Kalua Pig

An on-the-go breakfast inspired by the islands, featuring flavorful kalua pig (kalua pork), sharp cheddar, fluffy eggs and a flavorful pico de gallo salsa in every bite.

I am a morning person, and therefore I am a major breakfast and brunch person. Give me all the coffee. Give me all the eggs.

The breakfast burrito is in a league of its own. I don’t think this is even up for debate. It’s portable and gives you a little bit of everything — scrambled eggs, potatoes, and last but not least: cheese.

So if the breakfast burrito is the king of breakfast dishes, then this baby is the mac daddy. Bacon? Boring. Sausage? Been there, done that.

Kalua pig? Next level.

Kalua pig, or kalua pork as it’s more commonly known in the mainland U.S., is a Hawaiian dish of smoked pork cooked until it’s tender, moist and insanely delicious, and then shredded. It’s commonly served with slivers of white cabbage, which is how I like to cook it.

In this recipe, salty and savory kalua pig is all wrapped up with crunchy home fries, fluffy scrambled eggs, sharp cheddar and a simple pico de gallo. That gooey melty cheese… Chunks of that smoky kalua pig… The pop of cherry tomato… Ooooooooooh this is a winner, y’all.

This burrito is inspired by my favorite dish at Kono’s, a Hawaii restaurant I used to frequent when I lived in Honolulu. Perfect grab n’ go breakfast before a day at the beach, hike or whatever fun you like to get into on the weekends. Check them out here!

Ingredients

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I like to make kalua pig at home (it’s super easy!) but you can also used leftovers from L&L or your fave local Hawaiian restaurant. If you make it at home:

  • Pork shoulder/butt
  • Cabbage (optional)
  • Liquid smoke
  • Salt

For the burrito:

  • Tortilla
  • Eggs
  • Mini potatoes
  • Cheddar
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper

If you’re making homemade salsa:

  • Cherry tomato (or any type)
  • Green onion (or red onion, your preference)
  • cilantro
  • lime

Tips

Making kalua pig is so worth the effort, but it is typically slow-cooked. I am lucky enough to have an Instant Pot, which makes it a breeze. This recipe will walk you through the steps to make homemade, but you can just as easily use leftovers.

I love a good homemade pico de gallo, but you could emit entirely. Hot sauce is very tasty on this too!

One of the beautiful things about breakfast burritos is that they keep quite well, which makes them great for meal prep! You could totally cook up a big batch on the weekend, pop in the fridge or freezer, and microwave for busy mornings before work!

Kalua Pig Breakfast Burrito

An on-the-go breakfast inspired by the islands, featuring flavorful kalua pig (kalua pork), sharp cheddar, fluffy eggs and a flavorful pico de gallo salsa in every bite.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 4 burritos

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker/slow cooker (if you're making kalua pig from scratch)
  • skillet

Ingredients
  

For the burrito:

  • 4 tortillas
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 c. potatoes cubed
  • 1⅓ c. Kalua pig & cabbage
  • ½ c. shredded cheddar or to taste
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce optional
  • Olive oil

For the salsa:

  • 1 c. cherry tomato sliced
  • ¼ c. green onion sliced or red onion (finely diced)
  • 1/4 tbsp. cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes

For the kalua pig:

  • 1 lb. pork shoulder/pork butt
  • .5 tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 bay leafs
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/3 head of white cabbage sliced

Instructions
 

For the kalua pig:

  • Cut pork into 3 pieces. Cover in salt.
  • Place pork into instant pot or pressure cooker and add water, liquid smoke and bay leafs. Cook on manual for 40 minutes, sealed. If using slow cooker, let cook for several hours, until fully cooked.
  • Remove pork and shred with forks. Pour out about ¾ of water (if it’s fatty, don’t pour down your sink!).
  • Place Instant Pot on sautee mode. Add cabbage, stirring occasionally.

For the burrito:

  • Toss potatoes in garlic powder and paprika to taste, or just enough that they are covered in a thin layer of the spice.
  • On medium high heat, add potatoes in a pan with olive oil. Flip occasionally until crispy, then place in a bowl and set aside.
  • If you’re making homemade salsa, combine tomato, onion, cilantro and lime in a bowl and set aside.
  • Scramble eggs or cook however you like.
  • Microwave kalua pig to reheat. Microwave tortilla about 30 seconds to warm.
  • Add ingredients to warm tortilla, in rows, and sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Roll burrito and serve!

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