Mexican breakfast – Huevos rancheros


I have chosen the next international breakfast on my series to be Huevos Rancheros, based on the fact that I will be taking a flight to Mexico in less than a week. I am looks forward to trying as much Mexican food as possible and I am not afraid of a bit of more spice than I am used to.


What is Huevos Rancheros and where does it come from?

Huevos Rancheros is a simple dish coming from the rural parts of Mexico, where eggs are poached in spicy tomato sauce and served with tortillas, beans, rice, potatoes, and sometimes guacamole. Depending on the region you will find one or more additional items to the classic dish.


Huevos Rancheros is considered a comfort food and it originated in the farmhouses of Mexico sometimes around the 16th century. There are many variations of Huevos Rancheros around the country. For example, in the Yucatan peninsula (where I will be going), you have huevos motulenos, which is very similar with the recipe I have cooked, with the add-on of black beans. In the Chihuahua desert the huevos divorciados are more popular, where the eggs are poached in both red and green salsa, divided in the pan by a “wall” of chilaquiles or refried beans, served with rice or papitas. In Oaxaca region, the huevos rancheros are often accompanied by plantains instead of rice and tortillas.

This breakfast has become very popular even in the Southern parts of the United States, where chefs have adapted it to the local cuisine by adding sour cream and lettuce.


You might wonder why this breakfast is so filling? Because Mexico is a very hot country, especially around the desert, people would go to work the land way before sunrise, working for a few hours before returning home and gathering around the breakfast table. Back then, the breakfast used to be the most important meal of the day, hence it had to be substantial.


How to cook Huevos Rancheros?

I didn’t expect that it would be so easy to cook this recipe. You see, I can never get the poached eggs right and this is why I avoid making them. Having to poach them in tomato sauce scared me a bit.


I have used Jamie Oliver’s recipe, adapting it a little bit to my own taste and cutting off the ingredients to make it for 2 people only.

To prepare this dish I have also used Stirr, sent to me by Uutensil to use in creating one of my recipes from the Breakfast Club. Stirr is a unique kitchen aid that helps stirring sauces, soups or gravy, giving your hands freedom to do something else. With Stirr you can be sure that your sauces won’t ever stick to the pot. With just a push of a button, Stirr can rotate itself traveling through the pan or pot, mixing the ingredients.


4.88 from 8 votes

Huevos Rancheros

Try this delicious Mexican breakfast based on spicy tomato sauce and poached eggs.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tin choppe tomatos
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Nora hot pepper
  • Grated cheese
  • Dill
  • Smoked chilly flakes
  • Bay leaf
  • Tortillas


  1. Chop finely the onion, garlic and the pepper. Put them in a thick bottom pan drizzled with olive oil and let them soften up. Add the bay leaf and the smoked chilly flakes.

  2. After 15 minutes, when the pepper is soft, add the chopped tomatoes and wait for them to start boiling. Meanwhile slice the tomato thinly and add it on layers on top, together with the Nora hot pepper.

  3. When the mixture reaches the boiling temperature, make 2 holes into it with a spoon and crack the eggs into it. Cover the pan with a lid and let the eggs cook, for about 2 or 4 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, warm up the tortillas in the microwave, as instructed on the package.

  5. When the eggs are ready top the tortillas with them, add grated cheese and dill on top, and serve hot. Enjoy!

Have you ever tried Huevos Rancheros? Would you give this recipe a go?



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  1. 5 stars
    I make these all the time. I start by scrambling my egg and making a pancake out of it. Then I layer on the skillet: tortilla, black beans, egg, salsa verde, queso fresco. YUM. I basically use my favorite beans, salsa and cheese to make it my own. I also let the cheese melt because that’s the kind of person I am! (ps: I ‘ve made more authentic versions but this is how I prefer it) x

  2. This made my mouth water! It looks like such a great idea for breakfast, nice and hot and would definitely wake you up! I could eat food like this all day!

  3. This looks so good and sounds so tasty. I’ve heard of huevos rancheros before but was never sure what it was. I’ll have to order it next time I see it.

  4. I’ve never tried this before but it certainly looks delicious! I’m not a huge breakfast person but this would be a great dinner meal for us!

  5. Wow! This sounds amazing. And shut your mouth! The Stirr does the work for you??? That would come in so handy, especially since my son has recently started making his own from scratch Cream of Chicken soup! In the coming year, I’ll be doing a special “diet” and eggs and tomatoes will be off my list, so I MUST make this now!

  6. This is quick and easy recipe! I’ll try to make one for my husband because he loved Mexican food. Though I’m a Filipina I’m getting used to the flavors of Mexican food and I think I would love this too. I’ll prepare this for breakfast I bet my husband would really be surprise ?

  7. This looks delicious. Mexican food has such great flavors and this dish is no exception. Stirr looks like such an amazing kitchen aid, it will make the cooking process so easy!

  8. 5 stars
    Ohh, Huevos Rancheros is such an amazing dish! Used to have it at the airport when we’d fly out! Love the addition of the Bay leaf, we’re defo gonna try this recipe out!

  9. 5 stars
    What a co-incidence, I just returned from Mexico yesterday, absolutely loved the Mexican food. Huevos Rancheros looks so delicious, I did try it during my trip to Mexico, I am going to try this recipe this weekend.

  10. Never tried Huevos Rancheros, but it is something that I need to add to my foodie bucketlist. The Stirr utensil seems like a great addition to any kitchen. I can use that when making egg nog, which requires constant stirring.

  11. This Mexican breakfast looks so comforting. I thing I will be satisfied and feel so delighted if ever I would try this recipe! It looks so yummy!

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