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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros is a simple meal that uses basic everyday ingredients. It also makes a great breakfast for dinner!

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros is one of my favorite meals when I need something quick and easy, yet filling. They make a great breakfast for dinner using everyday ingredients.

Years ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine about making Huevos Rancheros. This is the same friend that lived in Mexico and gave me my homemade enchilada sauce recipe.

I was telling her how I had made my Huevos Rancheros and she said that is was basically the American way.

I had been making a tomato type salsa sauce, but I was cooking the eggs in that sauce. Well, she told me in Mexico, she never saw the eggs cooked in the sauce. They were cooked separate and then served together on a tortilla.

Huevos Rancheros with beans and rice

I was glad to find this out because I had never really liked Huevos Rancheros very much. Mainly because I thought the texture of the egg was strange.

I thought I would probably like it much better if the egg was cooked separate, because then the egg would have the texture of, well, an egg. But all the recipes I had seen had you cook the egg in the sauce.

I guess the American way is kind of the lazy or easy way of cooking it, but it is not the authentic way.

My friend emailed me her version of Huevos Rancheros, which is more authentic. Canned tomatoes are not very authentic because in Mexico they have fresh tomatoes always available. Here in America, good, fresh tomatoes are not always available, so her version called for canned and I think it works great.

I have adapted the recipe over the years and it is probably not 100% authentic, but I am pretty sure it is more authentic than when I cooked the eggs in the tomato sauce.

This makes a great breakfast, but also makes a great breakfast for dinner. I like to serve it with Mexican rice and beans.

Huevos Rancheros on a plate

This is the original image from 2009.


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  1. I love Mexican food. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sounds very yummy.

  3. I’ll have to try these. I’ve wanted to make Huevos Rancheros for awhile but never have yet. Do you serve anything with this as a side?
    God bless,

  4. I don’t serve a side dish with this. But you certainly could especially if you were serving it for dinner. Anything mexican type would work. Rice, chips, and salsa, or even something healthier would be great.

  5. Beginning August 5, I will be hosting Crock Pot Wednesdays at Dining With Debbie, and I hope you will join in the fun. There will be prizes:)

  6. This is a meal I enjoy!

  7. How great to have an authentic recipe!! Thanks.

  8. my kids will love this they love mexican and spicy foods

  9. i have been looking for a recipe to use up all my corn tortillas. i will use this for a frugal dinner this wednesday evening. ty!

  10. When I make them my sauce is tomato sauce based and then I “poach” my eggs in the sauce. The eggs are not really poached of course, but I crack them in the sauce, pop on a lid and cook until desired doneness. For me that means the white is set but the yoke is as juicy as possible. Sprinkle with a bit of cheese and then serve on toasted tortillas.

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