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Huevos Rancheros

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
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Why we love it:

A well done Huevos Rancheros is among my all time favorite plates of food. This version will be a “well done” meets “speedy weeknight” version and that’s perfect in my book! Get a high quality store bought salsa or enchilada sauce to save time. Blended or pureed styles work best.


  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 15-ounce can Pinto Beans
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Unsalted Butter (divided)
  • 8 Eggs (or 4 - depending how many you want per person)
  • 12 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 14 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly cracked)
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Salsa (or enchilada sauce)
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Lime
  • 4 teaspoons Sour Cream

Cooking Instructions


    Brush the tortillas with oil on both sides and divide them between 2 baking sheets so they aren’t touching. Bake for about 5 - 6 minutes, flipping once, so they become crispy and golden at the edges.

    Remove when done.

  • 3. BEANS

    Meanwhile, drain the beans and add to a small pot. Add the chili powder and ½ of the butter and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Mash with a fork to get a thicker consistency but some chunks are good.

  • 4. EGGS

    Melt the remaining butter in batches in a sauté pan and crack in the eggs to cook them sunny side up. If you’re doing 2 eggs per pan, you might need to do 2 batches. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Let the eggs sizzle without touching them until the center yolk is just set (or cover and cook longer to meet your preference).

  • 5. CHEESE

    While the eggs are cooking, smear 4 of the tortillas with beans. Top with cheese evenly (or to taste). And spoon the salsa evenly over the other 4 tortillas. Return to the oven for about 3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.


    Slide the salsa topped tortillas onto the bean topped ones. Top each with an egg.

  • 7. SERVING

    Serve on a plate garnished with sliced avocado, a slice of lime, and a dollop of sour cream.

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    omit cheese, use oil instead of butter
    make sure to get 100% corn for GF and if that’s not a concern, you’ll still want a very high percentage of corn to get the correct crispiness here
  • BEANS:
    black beans are delicious, too - if you don’t like beans, omit and use more cheese
  • EGGS:
    certainly can omit the eggs, consider adding meat, or just more beans and avocado
    ground chicken, beef or turkey on the bean layer is delicious - and soft chorizo is a slam dunk

Kid Friendly Version

How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • My kids will eat most of these components separately, so I just slice the cheese tortilla into triangles, serve the egg on the side, and consider adding fruit with the sliced avocado

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

Make the beans ahead

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