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Huevos Rancheros Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

Usually I order eggs Benedict at brunch, but lately I've been hungry for huevos rancheros. Huevos rancheros — which translates to rancher's eggs — are tortillas topped with fried eggs and salsa making for a spicy, scrumptious breakfast. The eggs are so filling they also make a wonderful dinner. Having a huevos ranchero recipe in your arsenal is a must if you love Mexican food, so I've found two recipes for you to experiment with. To give one or both of the recipes a try — the first is for beginning cooks and the second is for advanced cooks —

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Beginner Huevos Rancheros

Beginner Huevos Rancheros

Beginner Huevos Rancheros

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1/2 cup refried beans with green chilies
1/2 teaspoon butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup salsa (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Fry tortillas one at a time until firm, but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain grease.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the refried beans and butter in a microwave-safe dish. Cover, and cook in the microwave until heated through.
  3. When tortillas are done, fry eggs over easy in the skillet. Add more oil if the tortillas have absorbed it all.
  4. Place tortillas onto plates, and spread a layer of beans on them. Top with a fried egg, crumbled bacon, cheese, and if desired, salsa.

Serves 2.

Expert Huevos Rancheros

Expert Huevos Rancheros

Expert Huevos Rancheros

Ingredients

2 mild to medium-hot dried chilies (such as New Mexico or Anaheim), cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
1 small yellow onion, cut lengthwise into 6 wedges with a bit of root end attached
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 cloves garlic, skin on
1 jalapeno chile
2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
5 whole canned tomatoes, without juice
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
8 large eggs
8 corn tortillas (6 inches each), warmed
Cotija, Chihuahua, or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded, for serving
Cilantro, coarsely chopped, for serving
Sour cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add dried chiles to dry skillet and toast on all sides, pressing down on them with a spatula, about 1 minute per side. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl; pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over chiles, and place a small heatproof plate on top to keep them submerged. Let soak for 20 minutes.
  3. Add a teaspoon of oil to the skillet and swirl to just coat the bottom. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Cook until charred on all sides, about 8 minutes, removing garlic if skins begin to burn.
  4. Remove skins from garlic and place in the jar of a blender. Cut jalapeno in half lengthwise, removing ribs and seeds; add to blender along with onion, chipotle peppers, tomatoes, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, honey, chiles, and their soaking liquid. Blend until smooth.
  5. In the same skillet over high heat, heat remaining 5 teaspoons canola oil until almost smoking. Add sauce to the pan, being careful as it will splatter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 2 minutes. Stir in lime juice, and remove the skillet from the heat.
  6. Crack eggs into the skillet and transfer to oven. Cook until egg whites are cooked through and yolks are still runny, about 5 minutes.
  7. Place 2 tortillas each on 4 individual plates. Top each with 2 eggs and sauce. Garnish as desired with cheese, cilantro, and sour cream.

Serves 4.

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sonnabobble sonnabobble 8 years
my favorite....my grams makes the best though!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
....yum!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
....yum!
spacebear spacebear 8 years
everyone's suggestions sound delicious!
anniekim anniekim 8 years
There's a vegetarian restaurant near me that makes an excellent huevos rancheros with black bean and sliced avocado on the side. They use blue corn tortillas underneath and a farmer's cheese over the top. The avocado is key.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
There's a vegetarian restaurant near me that makes an excellent huevos rancheros with black bean and sliced avocado on the side. They use blue corn tortillas underneath and a farmer's cheese over the top.The avocado is key.
drinkerofh2o drinkerofh2o 8 years
Luv, that sounds more amazing than the huevos rancheros! Whether it's Migas or Chilaquiles! I have only had huevos rancheros a few times, but I wouldn't want it without black beans and guacamole. The Expert recipe does sound incredible, though.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
kiddyland I completly understand you BUT I have never had or seen huevos rancheros be made with the tortillas on the bottom of the egg. I think if I gave them to anyone I know like that they would be like "what is wrong with you the tortilla(s) go on the side". Those above look more like a tostada with everything being stacked up on top of each other. Again I understand everyone makes them different I'm just saying.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
luv2, if it's a scramble like that it's more like Migas than Chilaquiles. Chilaquiles are closer to Huevos Rancheros as the egg is separate in the dish and not scrambled. Also, keep in mind folks that what the dish is generally served with depends on the establishment or family custom and not necessarily the norm.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
luv2, if it's a scramble like that it's more like Migas than Chilaquiles. Chilaquiles are closer to Huevos Rancheros as the egg is separate in the dish and not scrambled.Also, keep in mind folks that what the dish is generally served with depends on the establishment or family custom and not necessarily the norm.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 8 years
My favorite mexican breakfast dish is chilaquiles. My hubby loves Huevos rancheros so I will surprise him with the beginner recipe. The best place I have had chilaquiles is at Marmalade Cafe in Westlake Village, CA. CHILAQUILES – EGGS SCRAMBLED WITH ONIONS, BACON, CHEESE, ENCHILADA SAUCE AND TORTILLAS. SERVED WITH BLACK BEANS, GUACAMOLE, SOUR CREAM AND PICO DE GALLO.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 8 years
My favorite mexican breakfast dish is chilaquiles. My hubby loves Huevos rancheros so I will surprise him with the beginner recipe.The best place I have had chilaquiles is at Marmalade Cafe in Westlake Village, CA.CHILAQUILES – EGGS SCRAMBLED WITH ONIONS, BACON, CHEESE, ENCHILADA SAUCE AND TORTILLAS. SERVED WITH BLACK BEANS, GUACAMOLE, SOUR CREAM AND PICO DE GALLO.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
lvelisse, What time do you want us to stop by for breakfast? ;) I love the addition of the avocado. Sounds yummy!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
lvelisse,What time do you want us to stop by for breakfast? ;) I love the addition of the avocado. Sounds yummy!
Ivelisse Ivelisse 8 years
As a mexican i love huevos rancheros, is one of my favorites breakfast, but my recipe is really simple, fried tortilla, fryed egg, on top cooked salsa bandera (flag salsa) and, avocado and queso fresco ("fresh cheese"), simple but really tasty.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
yummy. i too order it but have never made it. these both look delish
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Holy guacamole that second recipe looks great.
wren1 wren1 8 years
Yum, yum, yum!!
wren1 wren1 8 years
Yum, yum, yum!!
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 8 years
Me too Kiddy! What's not to love? I always order it, but I've never made it. I should probably keep it that way.
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 8 years
Me too Kiddy! What's not to love? I always order it, but I've never made it. I should probably keep it that way.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Hands down my favorite dish ever. You can have it in the AM or PM and it works well. I love eggs too. Many Mexican restaurants will just make it for you too, even if it's not on the menu. Must have it with corn tortillas though.
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