Monday, September 21, 2009

Huevos Rancheros Recipe - Meatless Monday

I'm re-posting this because I'll be at a Wine festival on Saturday then driving to Waco (AGAIN!) on Sunday night so I won't get a chance to do a Meatless Monday post. Why does this sound like I'm too lazy to actually post something interesting? Uh, probably because I am? I'll say sorry now just to get it out of the way.

Read on at your own peril.

This is my go-to Sunday breakfast, lunch or dinner. I've made several versions of this recipe but the basics are the same. Eggs, beans, salsa.

I mix it up a bit with whatever ingredients I have on hand. No corn tortillas in the house; I use flour. No refried beans; go for black beans (our personal favorite anyway). No chili sauce; tomato sauce, a can of green chilies, and chili powder. Dip a finger in that bad boy to taste. Hot enough? Add hot sauce.

Huevos Rancheros

4 corn tortillas
vegetable oil for frying
1 1/2 cups refried beans
4 to 8 eggs, fried
1/2 cup red or green chili sauce
1 cup shredded yellow or white cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, diced
1 avocado, sliced, diced or mashed

Dip tortillas into hot oil for 2 seconds; drain on paper towels. Arrange tortillas on individual ovenproof plates. Place in a warm oven. 200 or 225 degrees will do. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the frying pan. Add beans and cook, stirring until heated throughout; spread over tortillas.

Fry eggs in skillet to your preference (me; I go for runny. JR likes his a little hard). You want them a little under done. Arrange one or two eggs over each tortilla; pour sauce on top. Sprinkle cheese over tortillas. Broil until cheese is melted.

Pretty it up with the lettuce and tomato around the tortilla. Top with a little sour cream and a whole lot of avocado. Okay, you may not be a big avocado eater. Though personally I don't understand this phenomena I do realize that there are some out there that just don't like it. Around these parts we eat no less than 6 to 9 per week. I could eat my weight in guacamole. And Cheetos. And candy corn. And........

Serves 4.

See that wasn't so bad was it? Don't answer that question. Just pity me because I'm sitting in a hotel room in Waco eating a soggy room service sandwich. One glass of wine is just not going to cut it.


photo scanned from my Benson & Hedges presents Recipes From American's Favorite Resorts


  1. Sorry dear but I can't pity you for getting to relax in a hotel room. But the food looks good.

  2. OMG - you've got that Benson and Hedges resort cookbook! Me, too.

    And I loves me some Huevos Rancheros. Mmmm, mmm good!

  3. Can take even less time if the salsa is already ready. Check this quick huevos rancheros recipe.

    Yours is excellent if you prefer making your own salsa.

  4. Enjoy the silence and the wine in your hotel room. You know what they say, when life gives you lemons, drink more wine!

  5. Casey: It was a really bad sandwich.

    Blueviolet: it is my son's favorite breakfast.

    Jan: we will have to compare notes on the recipes we love from this cookbook.

    Mangerati: thanks for visiting. I make a weekly batch of salsa. yummy.

    Petra: how did you gues my favorite saying?

  6. I think I actually have almost every ingredient (except the avocado, no loss) so guess what I'm having for dinner tonight?

  7. I love simple buy jazzy recipes just like this one. Thank you, as always, for sharing. And hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  8. I'm glad you the photograph wasn't your own cooking, because now I can say that the long brown, lumpy thing between the two eggs reminded me, at first sight, of something disgusting my cat used to do when she was unwell and had gone outside to eat a bit of grass.

    And I think if I ever got a hotel room alone, all to myself, with no one calling "mummy" every 3 seconds, I would happily put up with a soggy sandwich.

  9. I absolutley love this dish. And black beans? I could live on them, and they make great burgers. Cheers!!

  10. Huevos Rancheros I love Huevos Rancheros. I've had some really good ones and some I couldn't even stand to look at.

    This is beautiful and I'm sure good to eat.