Hella Good Huevos Rancheros Recipe: An Award-Winning Cook’s Favorite Breakfast Recipe by Craig Couture

Breakfast Brunch
2 years ago

Hella Good Huevos Rancheros Recipe: An Award-Winning Cook’s Favorite Breakfast Recipe

My day job is teaching. But my hobby is cooking (including competitive cooking!). I cook a variety of foods, from the every day meals my family enjoys to the more special dishes that I’m more likely to serve when we have guests over. Huevos rancheros (“ranch eggs”) is the latter, which I often make for guests for breakfast, especially at the holidays. I hope your guests (and you!) enjoy it, too.

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 can (15 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, plus more garnish
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound chorizo sausage
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans (optional)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced or diced, for garnish
  • sour cream and taco sauce, for garnish

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the tomatoes (with juices), onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender and puree until smooth. Add to a pan and simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Cover and keep warm over low heat.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the chorizo. Add to the sauce and cover again.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil to the chorizo fat in the large skillet. Place a tortilla in the skillet and cover in the oil and fat. Cook until light golden, but not crisp. Cook the remaining tortillas the same way (add a bit more oil to the pan if necessary). They should be red and warm from the chorizo fat.
  4. Put the hot refried beans on the warm tortillas. Fry or poach an egg for each tortilla you serve. Put one egg on each tortilla and spoon the warm sauce over the eggs.
  5. Add your choice of cheese and sliced or diced avocado on top as well as sour cream and taco sauce. Add cilantro as garnish.

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Donna John
Yum! One of my favorites! Craig Couture
So delicious, I’m all about it
Elisa Schmitz
I just love huevos rancheros. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipe, Craig Couture !
Ann Marie Patitucci
Breakfast has never looked so good! Thanks, Craig Couture !

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