• Joanna Saltos

Huevos Rancheros

Updated: May 8



After searching long and far for this recipe, I finally found one I love! I can share my recipe but only by winging it. I don't have a full recipe with measurements and all so here it goes. The most I've made is for 3 people at a time so keep in mind that this recipe (if you can really call it that, haha!) renders a small portion.


The beans were leftover from last night's dinner so I just reheated them and added them on the side. That easiest part is done.




Let's start with the sauce!


In a small pot, add a drizzle of olive oil and heat it gently on low heat. Add 1 diced onion to the pot along with a couple of diced or grated garlic cloves. I like to grate my garlic with this cheese grater. I find using that cheese grater makes the job quick and easy.


I also add 1/2 diced jalapeño. You can add more or less depending on how spicy you like it. Since my kids don't like their food too spicy, I take out the seeds and the veins from inside the jalapeño. (For those of you that really love heat: A tip I heard was rolling the jalapeño on your countertop with the palm of your hand really gets those spices going and brings out all the heat before cutting.)


Next, you add the diced tomatoes. I prefer plum tomatoes but use your favorite. I add around 4 or 5 plum tomatoes to this recipe for us and it yields around 4 servings. Move your cooked onions, garlic, and jalapeños over to one side of your pot, and fill the rest of the space with your diced tomatoes. Cover the pot and let it simmer for around 10 minutes or so without touching. After 10 minutes, you should be able to easily smash your tomatoes with your spoon and mix everything together. At this point, you can add some salt and pepper, to taste. You shouldn't need to add water but if it is a little dry, go ahead and add it but tiny bits at a time. You don't want to overdo the water. Once I get my sauce to a consistency that I like, I add some chopped cilantro and mix it all together. At this point, I just turn it off and let it sit there while I make the rest of the dish.


That's the hardest part! You're almost done.




The tortillas


I tried making tortillas once and it didn't work out. Haven't gotten around to it, but I will try it again. For now, I just use store-bought. (sigh, lol) There's absolutely nothing wrong with store-bought, I just love making as much of my food from scratch as possible. You use whatever you feel comfortable with. However, challenging yourself once in a while is not a bad thing at all. Most people will tell you to fry the tortillas to heat them up or to grill them. I used to fry them and then I had one of those a-ha moments.


Ninja Air Fryer to the rescue!!!

I caved and joined this revolution, and I don't regret it for one minute.


Add your tortillas to the air fryer and you can have a healthier fried version. The bonus: Your tortillas stay nice and warm in there while you prepare the rest of your meal.


You're almost there!


Frying your eggs. I add a tiny drizzle of olive oil with a sliver of butter to my piping hot 8-inch cast-iron pan and cover it so it cooks from all sides and you get less splatter. Sometimes I'll add a few drops of water to get it sizzling. I don't like to flip my eggs over but like them to be slightly over easy. The cover helps me achieve this.


Time to serve!


First, I place the tortilla on the bottom of the plate. Now, add the sauce so the tortilla soaks some of those juices up. On top of that, I add the fried egg with a little more sauce on top of the egg. Place a nice big scoop of beans on the side. And serve it with chunks of queso fresco. (I like Tropical brand but you can use whichever one you like.) From there a spoonful of sour cream and you're ready to eat!


I can't wait to hear if you tried it and how much you like it. I felt like I was abuelita teaching you my recipe. That's how I learned to cook, with those kinds of measurements, as did some of my friends: Hechale un puño (a palmful); Un poquito (a little bit); No le pongas mucho (don't put a lot). This was a funny one because...how would I know???




Buen provecho!! Enjoy!! Bon appetit!!


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