Say good morning to flavor when you make quick and easy Huevos Rancheros! This delicious Mexican breakfast recipe features toasted tortillas, refried beans, sunny side eggs, and a mouthwatering vegetable sauce topping. Garnish it with avocados, queso fresco, chorizo, and more veggies.
I feel like it’s easy to skip right over breakfast these days. The world is moving so fast, so it’s hard to sit down and enjoy a meal first thing in the morning! That is exactly why you should treat yourself to the protein packed, flavorful, and easy breakfast that you deserve.
Huevos Rancheros are great to enjoy on weekends but it’s also easy enough to prep ahead of time and enjoy during the week! Warm, pan toasted corn tortillas are topped with refried beans and runny eggs.
While the base of the Huevos Rancheros holds a lot of substance and flavor, my favorite part might just be the homemade salsa that tops it. Made with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, lime, and more, this salsa is anything but boring.
Huevos Rancheros is a great family breakfast but it also doubles as a fantastic brunch recipe. If you plan on having friends over for some early afternoon Brunch Cocktails, consider serving this satisfying Mexican breakfast recipe as the main dish!
What is Huevos Rancheros?
“Huevos Rancheros” translates to “eggs of the ranch” or “rancher’s eggs,” and and basically refers to a farm style breakfast. It’s a classic Mexican dish that features eggs, tortillas, and a cooked salsa style sauce. It’s a great dish to make for breakfast, especially because you can easily customize it to your family’s personal tastes.
The best part is that you can make the salsa and beans components ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for the morning. That way, when you’re still little groggy, you can throw everything together in minutes!
How to Make Huevos Rancheros
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Corn Tortillas – While you can use flour tortillas if that’s what you prefer, corn tortillas are the traditional choice.
For the salsa:
- Cooking Oil – use canola, vegetable, or avocado oil.
- Tomatoes – We love the aromatic tomatoes on the vine but you can choose your own fresh tomatoes.
- Red Bell Pepper
- Jalapeños – leave the seeds in for more heat or take them out. (Remember to wear gloves when working with spicy peppers.)
- Cilantro – fresh cilantro is best to use.
- Lime – You’ll need the freshly squeezed juice of half a lime.
- Salt – coarse kosher salt or sea salt is a better choice over table salt.
For the refried beans:
- Refried Beans – Choose your favorite brand or homemade.
- Chopped Green Chilis – come in a small can and you can choose the spice level. Make sure to drain them well prior to using.
- Seasonings – You’ll need a mix of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, and a pinch of salt to create the best flavor palate for your refried beans.
Optional Additional Toppings:
Some of my favorite optional additional toppings include avocados and queso fresco. You can also add black beans, corn, fresh veggies like chili peppers, cilantro, onions, cheeses, chorizo, so much more! Feel free to have fun and get creative with your Huevos Rancheros toppings.
Start off by making the beans.
Mix together all of the ingredients for the beans in a bowl until everything is fully combined.
Next, make the salsa.
Dice the veggies. For spicy salsa, leave the jalapeño seeds in the mix. For a less spicy salsa, remove the jalapeño seeds and discard them.
Heat a pan with oil over medium heat.
Cook the onions and peppers until they begin to soften. Add the diced tomatoes. Season with a pinch of salt, and continue cooking until the veggies are totally softened. Remove from the heat and stir in the minced cilantro and lime juice.
Assemble the Huevos Rancheros.
Crisp up the tortillas by adding some oil to the pan and raising the heat to high. Toast the tortillas on both sides until crispy. Remove them from the pan.
Lower the heat and cook the eggs to your desired level of doneness.
Spread the refried beans over the toasted tortillas in an even layer. Add an egg to each of the tortillas. Spread some of the salsa over the top and add some crumbled queso fresco. Top it off with the toppings of your choice, and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
How to make Huevos Rancheros ahead of time?
Like I mentioned, this is a great weekend breakfast recipe but it can easily be made during the week as well. Just prep some components ahead of time.
Refried beans: mix all of the ingredients for the refried beans. Store the beans in an airtight container in the fridge.
Salsa: cook the salsa per recipe instructions and let is cool. Store it in a separate container in the fridge.
When you’re ready, simply toast the tortillas, cook the eggs, and assemble your Huevos Rancheros.
Planning a Mexican-Style Brunch?
- 8 eggs
- 8 corn tortillas taco sized
- 1-2 tbsp canola oil
- 4 medium tomatoes on a vine
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers
- 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
- 1/2 lime – juice only
- 12 oz refried beans
- 3 oz canned chopped green chilis drained
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt to taste
Optional Additional Toppings:*
- 3 avocados
- 2-3 oz queso fresco
For the beans:
- In a mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the refried bean layer until completely incorporated. Set aside.
- Dice tomatoes, onion, bell peppers and jalapenos. You can choose to leave the jalapeno seeds in or take them out to make it milder.
- Preheat the cooking pan over medium heat and add oil to the pan.
- Cook onions and both peppers until starts to soften and then add diced tomatoes. Season with some salt and cook until veggies are completely softened. Take off heat and stir in lime juice and minced cilantro.
Putting together Huevos Rancheros:
- Raise the heat to medium high heat and add some oil. Add the tortillas and toast them on both sides, until crispy. Take them out.
- Lower the heat to medium (add a little more oil if needed) and cook eggs to desired doneness.
- Spread some refried beans over the tortillas and add egg on each one. Spread some of the cooked salsa over the top, crumble some queso fresco, and add any other toppings over it.*