We're going to use the flavorbomb refried beans from last week to whip up a batch of Huevos Rancheros.
And even though the chipotle-infused beans are deserving of their lofty status, it's actually the homemade Salsa that will keep you coming back to these Huevos Rancheros.
How To Make Huevos Rancheros
So if you're not familiar with the Tomato Jalapeno Salsa then maybe it's time to give it a try!
It's the world's easiest Salsa and you get massive return for very little effort.
We'll start by roasting three tomatoes in the oven at 400F. They'll need about 20-25 minutes to fully roast.
I usually de-stem them knowing that any leftover juices in the pan will go into the blender. And don't forget that you've got options on how to roast them, the key is applying sustained heat to them.
Into the blender they go along with:
1 garlic clove
Give it a whirl and taste for heat and seasoning. You can add the other half of the jalapeno if you want more heat, and if your tomatoes were struggling you might need a pinch of salt.
You're definitely going to want the Salsa to be warm when you goop it over your Huevos. With freshly roasted tomatoes it will be warm out of the blender, but you can also give it a quick simmer over medium heat if necessary.
This quick simmer (10 minutes or so) will also liven up any struggling Salsa, so it's a good trick to keep in mind if you're using out-of-season tomatoes. The heat will sweeten them up and concentrate the flavors.
You'll definitely want to warm up the tortillas before serving and you've got a few options on how to get there.
The old school method is cooking the tortilla in a thin layer of oil for 15-30 seconds per side.
I use a kitchen thermometer to get the oil up to 360F before frying them, but you can always test the oil by plopping a piece of tortilla in it -- if it bubbles furiously then it's probably ready to go. Somewhere between medium and medium-high on my stove keeps the oil at the right temp for frying.
The other extreme is simply warming up the tortillas in the oven or microwave. You can wrap them in foil and put them in the oven for a few minutes, or if you want to nuke them simply cover them with a damp paper towel and put them in the microwave for 60 seconds or so.
The middle ground, which I probably use the most often, is cooking the tortilla in some oil to both crisp it up and warm up the beans at the same time.
Add a dollop of oil to a saute pan over medium heat. Add the corn tortillas along with a layer of refried beans and some cheese (optional). Let these cook until the cheese is melted and the tortillas crisp up. Take a peek at the underside of the tortillas; once you've got heavy brown spots forming they're ready to go.
Traditional Huevos Rancheros are served sunny-side up but you can cook your eggs as you see fit because you've already got the secret weapon on hand (the Salsa!).
Then it's just a matter of placing your eggs over the crispy tortillas and gooping your Salsa all over them.
Cotija cheese and freshly chopped cilantro are optional garnishes to keep in mind.
And I like a bit of acidity to top off these Huevos Rancheros, with Valentina and lime juice both being good options.
I think most brunch spots tend to overcomplicate Huevos Rancheros, so it's worth keeping this simple option in mind the next time you're searching for a new breakfast dish. Once you get the Salsa to your liking then everything else falls in place quite easily -- maybe it's time to give them a try!
Feel free to use the comments section below if you have any questions about them.
- 1 cup refried beans
- 4-5 eggs
- 4-5 corn tortillas
- Jack cheese (optional)
- cilantro (optional)
- Cotija cheese (optional)
For the Tomato Jalapeno Salsa:
- 3 plum tomatoes
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 jalapeno
- 1 garlic clove
- salt to taste
- To make the Tomato Jalapeno Salsa, start by rinsing and de-stemming the tomatoes. Roast them in a 400F oven for 20-25 minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes to a blender along with 1/2 onion, 1 peeled garlic clove, and 1/2 jalapeno. Combine well and taste for seasoning and heat, adding salt and more jalapeno if necessary.
- For this batch I sauteed each tortilla in a dollop of oil over medium heat, adding the beans and cheese to the tortilla in the pan. This will crisp up the tortilla and also heat up the beans at the same time.
- For sunny side up eggs, heat up 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a saute pan. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook until the top of the eggs are set. You can cover with a lid or some foil to ensure the tops are cooking.
- Each tortilla gets a layer of refried beans, cheese (optional), 1-2 eggs, and plenty of the Tomato Jalapeno Salsa. Optional garnishes include cilantro, Cotija cheese, hot sauce, and lime juice.
We also just put up a recipe for some Huevos Divorciados served over chorizo and spicy potatoes.
Or maybe you prefer Chilaquiles instead?
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Living in New Mexico, I've had this several times and yes, it's awesome, but being back being in the midwest, the main Ingredient isn't available..Green Chili from Hatch N.M..it is the best.So that said, you can order it on Amazon. It's called 505 Green Chilli from Hatch N.M. Its medium in hotness. This will make it the best. If you have too use 1/2 of a jalapeno..keeping the seeds makes it hotter. Good Luck...its awesome
Made it for the first time this morning and it was really good! Making it again soon!
I roast the jalapeno pepper with the tomato and saute the onion in corn or canola oil. I don't want crunchy with my eggs because it feels like egg shell. Additionally, I'll remove the jalapeno seeds, but double-up on the jalapeno. I get the heat and the flavor without too much heat. To smooth it out further, I put it in my crockpot and slow cook it until everything is soft. If I'm serving my salsa with chips, I may mix with store-bought salsa. I like to make it ahead of time so if I'm in the mood for Huevos Rancheros, it only takes a few minutes. There are lots of variations to making salsa, but roasting the jalapeno pepper is essential to them all. If I'm in a hurry, I use canned diced tomatoes. But I still roast the jalapeno and maybe even the onion and garlic.
My nana always fried the tortilla hard like a tostada so u can pick it up with u hands and when u bite the egg I used to make a lil pocket in my frijoles so I could drizzle the yoke in the center... Soft tortilla under the huevo... Is a no no .. try it I bet ul like it
Mike from Chili Pepper Madness
Yes, huevos ranchers are a total favorite of mine. I second George - I'll make it extra spicy! Looks delicious.
Jeff the Chef
I haven't had Huevos Rancheros in forever. Thanks for the inspiration!
Poaching the eggs in the salsa is a great way to both warm the salsa and cook the eggs. It has become one of my favorite ways to cook eggs.
Yum! We do this in our Huevos Ahogados and usually add a bit of stock so there's enough liquid to poach them. Thanks for the tip!
The only other thing one needs for a perfect Sunday Brunch is a nice Bloody Mary at the beach inSan Diego.
Ha yes that would be a good final garnish.
Then the Charger Cheerleaders showed up to provide a bit of heat. A perfect final garnish indeed.
This recipe is almost just like my huevos rancheros recipe, except that I prefer mine extra spicy by using a whole Serrano chili instead of the jalapeno. I also pour the salsa from the blender into a saucepan with a tablespoon or so of hot corn oil in it, gets it sizzling then turn down the heat to simmer without stirring, keeps it from spraying sauce all over. As you said, the sauce is the key to this recipe.
Thanks George! Yeah I've become a huge fan of simmering the salsa before gooping it on the Huevos Rancheros. Cheers.