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Huevos Rancheros

A tasty Mexican breakfast, these Huevos Rancheros don’t require a lot of ingredients and are quick to put together and even easier to eat!

A TASTY MEXICAN INSPIRED BREAKFAST RECIPE

I know this seems like one of those recipes that isn’t really a recipe and that’s pretty accurate. But I love the concept of Huevos Rancheros because they are such a quick breakfast to make but they are so filling! You get your protein and carbohydrates in one and it’s a great start to the day. Plus, I can show you all the ways you can change it up based on your family’s food preference. This is perfect to make as a breakfast bar for guests as well. So if you’ve never tried these before and are wanting something new for your breakfast routine, you absolutely need to try this Huevos Rancheros recipe!

Overhead of Huevos Rancheros on plate with garnishes and lime slices.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What are Huevos Rancheros?

Huevos Rancheros are a traditional Mexican breakfast food that consist of corn tortillas, eggs and various toppings. Huevos Rancheros translates to “Ranchers Eggs” in English.

What does charring mean?

Charring technically means partially burning or blackening part of the surface. We do not want to burn the tortillas obviously but we want to get a good char on them. Using a cast iron skillet is best when you want to char foods and adding oil to the food directly that you want to char helps as well. You can also place the tortillas directly on the burner of a gas stove until you get that nice blackened char. This give a smokey flavor with a little bit of crunch.

Can I use flour tortillas?

While traditionally Huevos Rancheros use corn tortillas, you can use flour tortillas as well. The difference between the two is that flour tortillas are made from flour and usually have less flavor than a corn tortilla but are typically stronger being able to hold more fillings/toppings. Corn tortillas are made from masa harina and are usually smaller, which make them perfect for this recipe. But you can absolutely use either as people really do have their preference between the two.

Do I have to use a sunny side up egg?

No. You can make your eggs any way you like. Sunny side up is more traditional but you could certainly use scrambled eggs.

What toppings can I put on these?

Some of our favorite toppings that we love to put on this recipe include: queso fresco, cilantro, avocado and salsa. Feel free to use any of your favorite toppings for this. My son likes to sprinkle cheese on us. Put out a few toppings and let everyone help themselves

Can I substitute the black beans?

Absolutely! This is more of a traditional topping but I really love refried beans on this too. Sometimes I’ll have some leftover from taco night and I’ll warm it up in the microwave and spread it on the tortilla. Pinto beans are also really delicious!

How do I store leftovers?

I do not recommend storing this recipe, these are one of those recipes that you will want to eat when it is made.

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • corn tortillas
  • eggs
  • black beans or refried beans
  • your favorite toppings
Ingredients needed: corn tortillas, eggs, black beans or 1/2 cup refried beans and optional toppings.

HOW TO MAKE HUEVOS RANCHEROS:

Char tortillas in a dry nonstick or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. You can also char over an open flame if available. Set aside on a plate.

Charred corn tortillas on plate.

Fry eggs in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, using 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Fry to your desired temperature, I prefer medium. 

Egg frying in pan.

Place two tortillas stacked on a plate, add your warmed beans, then a fried egg. Add your favorite garnishes such as queso fresco, salsa, cilantro, and avocado.

Hand holding up one Huevos Rancheros showing the filling.

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Huevos Rancheros

A tasty Mexican breakfast, these Huevos Rancheros don't require a lot of ingredients and are quick to put together and even easier to eat!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 4 large eggs
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1/2 cup refried beans, warmed)
  • Garnishes: Queso Fresco, Salsa, Chopped Cilantro, Avocado

Instructions

  • Char tortillas in a dry nonstick or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. You can also char over an open flame if available. Set aside on a plate.
  • Fry eggs in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, using 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Fry to your desired temperature, I prefer medium.
  • Place two tortillas stacked on a plate, add your warmed beans, then a fried egg. Add your favorite garnishes such as queso fresco, salsa, cilantro, and avocado.

Notes

  • Top with any of your favorite toppings.
  • You can use flour tortillas if you’d like.
  • You don’t have to char the corn tortillas, you can just warm them up in a nonstick pan if you prefer. 
  • Easily double this recipe to make more.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Mexican

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 87mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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