This Easy Huevos Rancheros recipe features crispy corn tortillas topped with fried eggs covered in a spicy tomato jalapeno salsa. (vegetarian, gluten free)
Can we talk about how much I love delicious breakfast recipes like these Easy Huevos Rancheros? It’s got all the components of a satisfying meal – protein from the eggs, carbs from the tortillas and good veggies from the homemade salsa. Dress it up with some sliced avocados and cotija cheese and you’ve got one beautiful plate of food!
The first thing you’ll need to do is make the salsa. While you may think it’s easier to use canned or store-bought salsa, I don’t recommend it. As much as it can be a time saver, the flavor is just never the same as when you use fresh ingredients.
The good thing is that making this salsa is easy, so no excuses – you can do it! You’ll need a jalapeno, half an onion, plum tomatoes, some garlic and some herbs and spices.
Just saute everything in a pot or skillet with a bit of cooking oil until all the ingredients start to soften (about 5 minutes) and then add some chicken stock or water. Cook for another 5 minutes and that’s it.
You can serve the salsa as is or you can blend it up a little using an immersion blender or regular blender.
I like my salsa slightly chunky so I only blended it slightly, but lots of people like their salsa smooth. It’s totally up to you – feel free to blend it until you get the texture you want.
Once you have the salsa, the next thing to do is to prepare the tortillas. I recommend making your own (here’s a recipe that’s super easy to follow and only requires 3 ingredients), but store bought is perfectly acceptable.
To prepare, add 3 tablespoons frying oil into a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Fry each tortilla for about 15 seconds per side until the tortillas start to get a little crispy but are still somewhat soft and pliable. Transfer to a baking sheet and blot the tortillas with a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
Frying is an important step because it really helps to bring out the toasty corn flavor of the tortillas. It truly adds a depth to the dish that you can’t get without frying.
However, if you don’t want to fry the tortillas, you don’t have to. You can omit frying and just use warm tortillas instead. The overall flavor and texture won’t quite be the same, but it still works.
I recommend lightly spraying or brushing the tortillas with olive oil and heating them in a skillet or griddle until they’ve crisped up a bit. You’ll still get some of the toasty flavor without fully covering them in oil.
The final step is fry up some eggs! Be sure to leave a runny egg yolk, though. That’s one of the best parts!
Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. My second-favorite? Brinner. That’s right – breakfast for dinner.
These Easy Huevos Rancheros would make an amazing brinner meal. Serve it up with a side of refried beans and you’re good to go!
Looking for more breakfast recipes? Try these!
- Easy Chipotle Shakshuka
- Migas (Mexican Egg & Tortilla Breakfast Skillet)
- Mexican Salsa Verde Chilaquiles Casserole