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Postpartum Nutrition: Slow-Braised Beef Breakfast Burritos

Enhance postpartum recovery with these make-ahead burritos made with grassfed beef and organic eggs.
slow braised burritos to support postpartum recovery
  • Makes 10 servings
  • Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Cook Time 4 hours


  • 1 tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 tbs. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp. ground anise seed
  • Chili powder to taste
  • 3 lb. grassfed beef chuck roast
  • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock or bone broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dozen organic eggs
  • 1 bell pepper, minced
  • 1 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 10 large flour or grain-free tortillas


Mix the cumin, paprika, oregano, coriander, allspice, anise, and chili powder in a bowl. Use 2 tablespoons of the mix to coat the chuck roast.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a Dutch oven until shimmering. Quickly sear the roast on all sides, then remove and set aside. Add the onion to the Dutch oven and cook until fragrant. Add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds, then deglaze with the stock or broth.
Return the chuck roast to the Dutch oven, add the bay leaf, stir in the remainder of the spice blend, and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for three to four hours, or until the meat begins to fall apart. Shred using two forks.
In a cast-iron skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Scramble the eggs with the bell peppers and cilantro.
Pile meat, eggs, and a pinch of cheese on a warmed tortilla. Fold in the left and right sides, then roll tightly to form a burrito.
Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Pregnancy prep: Make these burritos ahead of time and allow the ingredients to cool completely. Wrap the burritos individually in aluminum foil, and freeze.

Essential elements:

  • Beef is a rich source of iron and zinc — and beef from grassfed cattle contains more omega-3 fats than beef from grainfed cattle.
  • Eggs are one of the best food sources of choline, a micronutrient essential for brain development. Organic eggs contain higher levels of nutrients overall, especially of omega-3 fats.

For more nourishing food to help aid with postpartum healing and lactation, see “5 Meals for Postpartum Parents.”

Photography by: Terry Brennan; Food Styling: Betsy Nelson

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Kate Morgan

Kate Morgan is a Pennsylvania-based writer and recipe developer.


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