What are huevos rancheros?
Huevos rancheros is probably the most famous recipe of Mexican breakfast food.
How to make huevos rancheros?
Huevos rancheros or “ranch-style eggs” are a real institution and a complete meal since they include tortillas, tortilla chips, refried beans, eggs, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes and a deliciously spicy sauce.
Sometimes, people even add fried rice, sausages, sour cream, or cheese (queso fresco) directly on the crispy tortilla chips. The red sauce made from tomatoes and peppers is sometimes replaced by a salsa verde (green sauce), always based on the same ingredients but green this time!
What are the variants of huevos rancheros?
The eggs are almost always fried but sometimes they are poached. This recipe is then called huevos ahogados. Also, the eggs are sometimes scrambled directly in the sauce or cooked separately and just placed on it.
Huevos divorciados (divorced eggs) are two eggs that are presented in a similar fashion to huevos rancheros but with a different sauce for each egg, typically a salsa roja (red sauce) and a salsa verde (green sauce).
Nowadays, this Mexican breakfast is served rather late, as a brunch or lunch instead, as it is quite hearty. Mexico borders the state of Texas that copied this huevos rancheros recipe and made it popular north of the border. According to culinary writer Clémentine Paddleford, a version of huevos rancheros became widely popular in the 1950s. There were poached eggs in a tomato sauce with bacon and toast, a breakfast that gladly reminds you of the most typical American brunch.
Huevos motuleños is another popular breakfast recipe which originated in the town of Motul (in Yucatán). This Mexican breakfast dish is prepared with eggs on tortillas with black beans and cheese, and is often served with other ingredients including ham, peas, plantains, and salsa picante.
Every Mexican knows of huevos rancheros, so much so that the recipe is widely mentioned in the popular culture of the country. Songs praise the benefits of this breakfast, many movies show feature dish. Huevos rancheros are even the star of an 80s erotic comic movie.
It is the breakfast in front of which the whole family can be found, whatever the social environment or the region of this country of more than 127 million people. This breakfast is great for large parties, it is not expensive, it can be vegetarian and it allows you to make use of what’s left in your pantry.
Breakfast egg recipes
The many combinations it offers allow you to vary the pleasures and never get bored. A day never begins properly without a generous portion of eggs and other delights of all kinds.
These recipes are so basic and delicious that you can find them all over the world, whether it is in the Middle East with shakshuka (or ojja), fried eggs with bacon in England, French brouillade with tomato, fried curry eggs in India and so many other succulent versions. Let’s not forget that eggs, beside being economical, are excellent for your health. Indeed, many recent studies ensure that they do not contribute to a potential excess of cholesterol as we thought they did until then. Cilantro, avocado, tomatoes and peppers bring a serious dose of fresh vegetables. Beans, as well as tortillas are good for the body and help to better face a long day of effort.
The huevos rancheros alone symbolize a large part of the Mexican identity and culture, they are colored like the flag of the country, the houses and the streets or the painting of the famous Frida Kahlo. They are spicy as the character of our Mexican friends and they gather all the typical products of this gastronomy. Avocado, black beans, cilantro, tomato, chili peppers, corn and bell peppers are the basis of many recipes and this combination is the taste marker for the Mexicans.
We never begin our days without egg dishes and after discovering this tasty huevos rancheros recipe, we will probably include it in our “top list”. This dish is so comforting, colorful, and fragrant that it naturally suggests a great day!
Photo Credit: Mike Benayoun
- 3 tomatoes (ripe), peeled, and halved
- 1 scallion , roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , peeled
- 1 Serrano chili pepper , stemmed, seeded, and halved
- Freshly ground pepper
- 4 corn tortillas
- 4 eggs
- 2 oz. fresh cheese , crumbled
- 1 bunch cilantro , roughly chopped
- 14 oz refried beans (canned)
- 1 avocado , sliced (optional)
- Vegetable oil
In a blender, mix the tomatoes, pepper, fresh onion, garlic until a homogeneous sauce.
In a saucepan, heat a little oil, and simmer the sauce over low-medium heat for about 15 minutes stirring regularly.
Season with salt and pepper. Stir well.
In a skillet, heat 4 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Fry the tortillas one minute on each side.
In another skillet, heat 6 tablespoons of oil and fry the whole eggs (sunny side up). Season with salt and pepper.
- Place 2 corn tortillas in each plate.
Add the refried beans and half of the sliced avocado (optional) on the side.
Place two corn tortillas. Add one egg on top of each tortilla then cover with the tomato sauce.
Sprinkle with crumbled fresh cheese and cilantro.
- Serve immediately.