Huevos Rancheros – Brittany Style!

Mexican Food is one of my all time favourites. Eating in Mexico was nothing short of some of the best food I have ever had! Mole, Chiliquiles, Chicharones, Salsa Verde, Carnitas, Huevos Rancheros…. mmmm…. so Delicious! I frequent the Mexican market here in the City a-LOT… fresh queso fresco, corn tortillas by the truck load, dried ancho chillies and pure Mexican vanilla are among my regular purchases.  Not every place has an awesome Mexican Market, but the good news is – more and more grocery stores are carrying more and more diverse ingredients.  Super store sells fresh Mexican cheese and if you go down the “international” isle you can find mole and ancho chillies on occasion!

Huevos Rancheros however is something you can make at home very simply. A traditional Huevos Rancheros is a tomato based sauce on top of tortilla topped with an egg with a side of refried beans, and avocado. Sometimes Chorizo will get thrown on the plate too.

My version is a bit more dynamic with a few more ingredients and instead of the traditional sauce approach; I decided to leave the same ingredients a bit more chunky. I also decided against the refried beans… which I love, but for a healthier twist I went with mashed avocado, garlic and Lime.

Here is what you need:

  • 4 eggs – 1 egg per person
  • 8 corn tortillas (two per serving)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 whole avocado – smashed up
  • 2 fat garlic cloves – one smashed and one grated
  • 1 lime – half the juice of one lime plus slices for garnish
  • 1 cup Frozen home-fries
  • 1/2 cup cheese (fresh queso fresco if you can – cheddar, Monterrey Jack, or mozzarella will work too)
  • 1 Grilled Corn on the cob taken off the cob ( 1/2 cup Frozen works fine too – just try and get it charred up a bit in a grilling pan)
  • 1 cooked Italian sausage cut into chunks (I used what I had… chorizo is the best with this meal but Italian sausage works great too)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Green Onions, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 chipolte peppers in adobe sauce – cut into chunks
  • 1 jalapeno diced (take out the seeds if you want it less hot)
  • 1 large Tomato cut into chunks (use canned if you want)
  • 1/4 cup onions diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • pinch of S & p
  • sour cream if desired

What to do:

  • In a medium high skillet(or pan) drop 1 tsp of butter and 1 tbsp oil – melt down
  • add in home-fries, and corn – cook through for about 5 minutes – you want to get some good colour both
  • add in paprika, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano and S&P – mix well
  • add in sausage, tomato, chipolte peppers, jalapeno, onion and lime juice (save a little bit of lime juice for your “guac”
  • simmer on medium low until the home-fries are done
  • In another medium high skillet (or pan or indoor grill) add 1 tbsp oil
  • Make Cheese quesadillas with your corn tortillas and your cheese – drop them into the skillet of oil about 30 seconds to a minute each side for each Dilla!
  • “Guac” – Mash your avacado with a little bit of your lime juice and grated garlic
  • In a frying pan add your last tsp of butter and cook your eggs how you like them. The best way for this is over easy – runny is better!!
  • Add you cilantro and green onions to your home-fries mix
  • Take your quesadilla, top with “Guac” then add your corn, home-fries & sausage mix and top with your egg
  • garnish with cheese or cilantro or more green onion or all of the above
  • add some lime wedges and sour cream if desired
  • ENJOY!

For those who want more of a traditional Huevos Rancheros – here is how to make the Rojo sauce!

How to make a Rojo Sauce :

  • 1  can whole peeled tomatoes – do not drain! use the Juice!
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup diced onion (yellow if you have it but whatever you have works)
  • 1  fat clove of garlic, smashed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded if you don’t want it too hot)
  • 2 Chipolte peppers in adobe sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix this in all in a food processor until smooth and then toss in a pan (skillet if you have it) on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes. You want it to thicken slightly and then lower your heat and cover until ready to eat!

There you have it! Huevos Rancheros Brittany Style!


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