Huevos Rancheros (ranch style eggs) is a hearty breakfast or bruch meal. At its most basic, it’s fried eggs smothered in a tomato and chile sauce. Normally the eggs are placed on a fried corn tortilla first. This recipe is for a large batch of sauce, which can be frozen and then used as needed,
- 1 28 oz can of whole or crushed tomatoes
- 2 tsp ground red chile (see note for types)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin (see notes)
- 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano (use regular if you can’t find Mexican)
- 1 small yellow onion (or 1/2 large one)
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder or granulated garlic (or more to taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
Finely dice the onion. In a dutch oven or large sauce pan sautee the onion until translucent and semi-soft. Add garlic powder and cook for 30 seconds more, stirring. Add tomatoes. If they are whole, crush them with a spoon. Best results come with using an immersion blender to coarsely puree the tomatoes. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until flavors have a chance to blend. Taste, and add more salt if needed. Set aside for later
Notes: I use a mix of hot New Mexican, Ancho, and pasilla chiles. You can also use mild New Mexican, guajillo, or Anaheim. Pick your favorites. Note that cumin is very strong. You can use as little as 1/4 tsp.
- 2 large eggs per person (or one if you are a light eater)
- 1 corn tortilla per egg
- Olive or canola oil for frying
- refried beans
- cotija cheese
Fry corn tortillas in a 10 – 12 inch frying pan. They should be reasonably crisp, but don’t make them as hard as tortilla chips (Doritos, etc). Drain on a paper towel. If you are doing a large number, put them on a plate in a warm oven while cooking the rest)
Now fry the eggs. Traditionally they should be sunny side up, but over easy is fine. As long as they have a runny yolk its all good. Place one egg on each tortilla and ladle sauce around the egg (leave the yolk showing).
Serve with a heated flour tortilla (to scoop up sauce, optional) and refried beans. Add tortilla chips if desired. You can garnish the dish with grated Cotija cheese and cilantro.