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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

The other day, I woke craving Huevos Rancheros. From my favorite restaurant in Albuquerque: Charlie’s Front Door. Oh Charlie’s how I miss you! … but of course I’m not there, I”m here.

I can’t make Huevos like Charlie’s Front Door does. They have this green chile sauce they smother it in that is just flipping amazing. I am not even going to try to replicate that … I just want to tell you, if you happen to get to Albuquerque, please stop in and visit Charlie’s Front Door … they have so many dishes there I would almost kill just to taste them one more time … the Jocoque and the Indian tacos are ooooh so good …

Don’t get me wrong! I CAN make a pretty mean Huevos Rancheros.  AND it’s a healthy, filling Mexican meal you can make in minutes, so it’s doable even on a busy workday. And the awesome advantage of these is you can have them just about anywhere, anytime. All you need is tortillas, eggs, cheese, and a few basic Mexican toppings.

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

(per serving)

  • 1 small tortilla (corn or flour … whole wheat is good … I didn’t have any corn so had to use flour)
  • Refried beans (or whole beans … I just happened to have some very tasty spicy chipotle refried beans on hand)
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 or 2 eggs (how much space do you have on your tortilla? how much protein do you want?)
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • Toppings: Salsa, chopped onion, avocado, tomato, jalapenos, green chile sauce, cilantro … (did I miss anything? what else could you use?)

Heat a skillet pan (or cast iron skillet) over medium heat and spray it with cooking spray. Put a tortilla in the pan and let it toast until it’s golden brown on the bottom. Flip it over.

Huevos Rancheros

Slide it out of the pan briefly and on the toasted side, spread it with refried beans and sprinkle with a bit of sharp cheddar cheese. Put it back in the pan with the un-toasted side down. Crack an egg (or two) over top.

Huevos Rancheros

Now cover, and cook on medium low heat until the egg white is cooked and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Check it periodically to make sure it isn’t burning the tortilla on the bottom.  (If your egg covers the cheese and beans, you can even flip it to cook the egg “over easy” … I wouldn’t recommend that approach if you have any cheese sticking out, though.)

Huevos Rancheros

Slide your lovely cheesy egg tortilla onto a plate and garnish with your choice of toppings. The bottom of mine was a little crunchy. That’s totally okay in my book. I love crunchy! … by the way, I added a big, messy slather of my sister’s salsa after I took the pictures …

Huevos Rancheros

Now, if you’ll excuse me, things are starting to get a little messy over here …

This recipe was shared at Fit & Fabulous Fridays, Weekend PotluckEveryday Mom’s Meals, Scrumptious SundaysMoosewood MondayFrugal Days, Sustainable Ways and Mealtime Mondays.

12 responses

  1. chindeep3141

    my favorite breakfast! gorgeous post Ann! mmmmm:)


    May 4, 2012 at 6:24 am

    • Ann

      It was so pretty I almost didn’t want to eat it! … but I did …😉

      May 4, 2012 at 7:22 am

  2. I am so making this for breakfast tomorrow.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

    • chindeep3141

      too gorgeous!

      May 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

    • Ann

      Yay! Happy dance …:)

      May 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

  3. <3<3<3 Huevos Rancheros! Looks fabulous! This is DEFINITELY the way I'm going to start my Cinco de Mayo! Thanks dear Ann! And BTW, I didn't realize you had lived in ABQ! I lived there for 3 yrs many moons ago and loved it! My younger son Kerry was born there:) xoxo

    May 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

    • Ann

      That’s funny Michele! Both my kids were born there. I tease them because neither of them like spicy foods, but they are “Native New Mexicans”. LOL

      May 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

  4. SO funny b/c I’ve been craving Huevos Rancheros! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & see you next Sunday!

    May 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    • Ann

      Krista, that is funny! I wonder if we were having the same craving at the same time? I’m so glad I remembered to link up this week. Thank you so much for hosting:)

      May 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  5. Maaaaaaan this looks awesome! I do love huevos rancheros–for any meal. Perfect place mat for the photographs, too.

    May 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Eggton! My mom got me the placemat … she saw it at a thrift store and thought it would be a “good backdrop for the blog” … she was right!

      May 7, 2012 at 6:18 am

  6. Yum! All your recipes look so good. I’ve never thought of cooking the egg right on the tortilla like that! That’s for linking up at my blog hop.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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