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Huevos Rancheros

Reprinted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books 2008)

This dish is simple. Many accouterments are often added but are not necessary. Buying fresh eggs from pastured hens makes the flavor deeper and richer. Fire-Roasted chopped tomatoes with green chilies is an excellent product to use.  Makes a fine weekend brunch dish.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 chili peppers
: serrano, habanero, jalapeño
16-oz can chopped tomatoes
pinch sea salt
pinch chili powder
1 tablespoon butter
4 corn tortillas

4 eggs

Toppings and Sides

Heat oil in a medium-size skillet. Add onion, garlic, chilies, tomatoes, salt, and chili powder. Bring sauce to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer about 10 minutes.

In a second frying pan, heat butter a little at a time. Fry tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side and set aside in a warm place.

Heat a teaspoon or two more of butter over low heat until melted. Crack each egg into a small bowl; gently pour each egg into the skillet. Cook covered 3 minutes, remove cover, and cook for a few minutes more or until the yolk is set, but barely undercooked.

Place tortilla on a plate with egg on top. Cover egg with the sauce. The sauce will cook the top of the egg.

Serve with
shredded cheese
or sour cream on top, avocado and beans on the side if you desire.

Preparation: 20–30 minutes
Servings: 4


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September 5, 2009, 3:13 pm

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September 8, 2009, 9:28 am

Do you recommend a specific brand for eggs if one doesn't have access to local eggs? what is the difference between organic and cage free and which one should we pick? thank you so much yasmine
September 15, 2009, 11:27 am

Cynthia Lair
Cage free just manes that the birds aren't in cages. They can be knee deep in a warehouse and fed anything, they just aren't in cages. Organic eggs have a few more requirements. Flocks must have access to an organic outside area year round and fed at least 80% organic non-GMO feed. No meat or meat by products in the feed. No antibiotics or hormones allowed. Each bird must have at least two square feet of floor space. Better in my opinion. Still, the BEST eggs come from hens that are pastured meaning they have access to grass and bugs which give them marvelous, orange, omega 3 rich yolks. These can usually be found at farmer's markets.
September 15, 2009, 2:58 pm

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September 15, 2009, 7:09 pm

Made this for brunch the other day and I made it with a mixture of jalapenos and small green chillis (my fingers were burning for about 8 hours!). I used fire-roasted canned diced tomatoes, which gave it more of an Italian than a Mexican flavor, so I stirred in some chopped canned chipotle chillis in adobo sauce and some Mexican chilli sauce, and that took care of it. Love this dish! With regard to the eggs, I was buying cage free until a friend of mine who raises chickens at her suburban home told me that that label doesn't necessarily mean the chickens are treated well. She's now giving me eggs for free (she has plenty to spare) and I know the chickens are being treated well.
March 10, 2010, 9:41 am

Eileen R
Just made this for dinner and we decided two things: 1. This is a good for kids who can help — shredding cheese, cracking eggs, opening cans, ya know. 2. This will be our Annual Mothers' Day brunch-buffet meal. We'll make the tomato sauce mild and put out dishes of peppers, avacado, beans, cheeses, cilantro, etc. so people can help themselves. It's so dang easy to make and the clean-up isn't too bad either. AND the prep allows plenty of jobs for people who want to help (see #1).
May 6, 2010, 7:54 pm

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crystal hernandez
This was very helpful. :)
April 16, 2011, 9:16 am

This is such a wonderfully easy and nutritious weeknight meal. And a great way to use up a few eggs from the backyard. My 7 year old would easily eat it 3 nights a week. Thank you!
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