Living in Malibu for several years, I had the privilege of knowing all the good local places to eat. Yes, there were your pricey and ritzy places, but unless you lived in Malibu (or were a frequent visitor) you didn’t know about reasonably-priced best-kept secret, Lily’s. Oh, Lily’s is a gem. A small, hole-in-the-wall diner tucked in an inconspicuous place in Malibu. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water and my heart long for her food.
Her food inspires me to learn how to cook better. And yes, Lily, the owner, is there to greet you each day. And she greets you by name. Even after all these years (we moved away in 2004 and visit only in the summer), she knows us by name. (Just a warning for those of you that ever want to visit, Lily’s is no longer a secret. Call ahead or you’ll have quite a wait.)
Anyway, back to my recipe. I don’t know what Lily puts in her food (must be a heap of love) to make it taste oh-so-good, but I first fell in love with her breakfast burritos. So, here is a small and very simple tribute (though it does not do it justice) to Lily’s burritos.
6 large (burrito) flour tortillas
10-12 large eggs
12 slices of thick-sliced bacon
1 can of refried beans
Handful of Queso Fresco (Queso Fresco is a common Mexican cheese that is crumbly and slightly acidic – you can find it at most grocery stores. If not, substitute a mild feta cheese or even mozzarella.)
Your favorite chunky, mild, or spicy green or red salsa (At Lily’s, most people use a spicy green sauce, though I use none.)
- Cook the bacon until the slices are golden but not crispy. Remove from the pan and dry (degrease) with a paper towel. Cut into 1-inch strips.
- Drain the pan of the bacon grease once slightly cooled (do not pour it down the sink). Use the same pan to scrambled the eggs. The slight bacon grease adds flavor. Season the eggs with salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of the eggs.
- Heat the beans.
- You can prepare your tortillas any which way you like, but I prefer to microwave mine so they remain chewy. What I do is spray them on both sides with water. Stack them on top of one another and wrap them in a wet paper towel. Usually, a minute or less will suffice (just enough to warm them up).
- Spread a thin layer of refried beans on each of the tortillas. Top with eggs and bacon. Just so you know, Lily likes to overstuff her burritos!
- Roll the tortillas.
How I roll: Tuck in one end, and roll the tortilla about 3/4 of the way. Tuck in the other end and then roll up the rest of the way.