Huevos Rancheros

Remember the scene at the end of Reality Bites when Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder discover their love for each other after a spell of confusing and tense times, and he runs home to be with her after being MIA for a few days, and she’s packing her little brown bag to catch her cab to go find HIM, and she runs out the door to see her cab driving away and to find him on the sidewalk in that gray suit and U2’s “All I Want Is You” is playing in the background and Winona’s little hair cut is so messy and super cool and you have goose willies all over your entire body because Ethan’s hair is equally as messy and super cool and you just want to die?

That has nothing to do with huevos rancheros at all, but I just love that scene so much. I always wanted to live in that cool apartment. And to say things like, “Don’t Bogart that can…man.”

And I loved her freaking hair cut so much. I sort of HAD that style in my mid 20s. It was short, dark brown and cut all messy. People used to tell me all the time that Winona was my celebrity look alike. Which was awesome, until the whole, you know, stealy mcstealer thing.


You’d rather I talk about the runny eggs and salsa, wouldn’t you?


Well, you’re not going to believe it, but this was the FIRST time I’ve ever made huevos rancheros! I mean, I make breakfast tacos like 14 times a day, but this was a little different. I had bought this habanero (yeah!) salsa for another meal a few days ago, and I always ALWAYS have corn and flour tortillas in the fridge. And I should mention that a couple of weeks ago that I actually had huevos rancheros on a whim in a restaurant and fainted in my chair 4 times, so it’s been on the brain since then. Well, that and you know who, who had quite the stellar performance last night I might add. And another thing, and you’re going to feel like I just stabbed you in the eye, but my husband DOES NOT LIKE BREAKFAST FOR DINNER. Ugh! I mean, excuse me!? Who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner, WEIRDOTRON. Well, guess who had an unexpected business trip yesterday to Chicago and guess who broke down into quite an attractive sob sesh because she was going to get to make huevos rancheros and eat them all by herself and smear runny yolks all over her face like a kid high on life and maybe a little bit of Elmer’s glue?


You’d rather I talk about Winona’s hair, wouldn’t you?

Some things in life do not get any better than this.

Sorry for saying “stealy mcstealer” up there.

Huevos Rancheros:

What it took for 1 serving (if you’re like me and eat 2 rancheros’s. Or is it rancheroses? Or is it rancheri?):

* about 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 corn tortillas
* 1/2 cup black beans (from a can, drained and rinsed)
* 1 clove garlic
* 1 tsp chili powder
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 2 Tbs. salsa (I used hot!)
* 2 eggs
* 1 Tbs. sour cream
* fresh cilantro, for garnish
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

In a mini food processor, add the beans, garlic, cumin, chili powder, a tsp of oil and a small pinch of salt and pepper. Blitz until you get a puree. Transfer to a small sauce pan and set it on a low heat. Stir (or press around) the mixture until it’s heated through. Remove from heat.

Put a small skillet over the heated burner and add the tiniest bit of oil. Lightly fry (it’s almost toasting really) each tortilla until slightly browned and bubbly. Transfer to a plate.

Add a tsp of oil (or a little more) to the skillet and crack your first egg in. If you want to use a bigger skillet and just fry both eggs at the same time, gah fer it. (That’s me trying to sound Irish.) Continue to fry the eggs until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny.

In the meantime, spread the bean mixture over each tortilla, followed by the salsa. Then top each with an egg. Dollop with a little more salsa, fresh cilantro sprigs and a good grind of black pepper.

Serve with lime wedges and sour cream!

I’m sorry if this picture is gross but with every bite I kept slipping into a coma and waking up because of how insanely awesome this is. So I just had to show you the insides. The GUTS. Or we can just go with insides.

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84 Responses to Huevos Rancheros

  1. Maria March 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm #
    I am coming over for breakfast!
  2. Danielle March 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm #
    What time is breakfast?!! I'm going to have to make these now!
  3. DessertForTwo March 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm #
    Gah! One of my favorite weekend breakfasts! Slurp! I could totally see you looking like Winona with short dark hair. Wow! I see it! I tried to pull of the Winona look, but my hair is dirty dish-water brown and so flat, it wouldn't do cool messy things. It just LAID there. It was awful. I think it was the most unattractive I've ever looked. And I'm SOO glad it was during the time I was taking passport photos, so the moment lives on!!! I'm pulling for a domestic honeymoon, or else the Mr will leave me when he sees my passport photo!
    • Jess January 16, 2022 at 7:41 pm #
      Surprised no one has mentioned this until now, rancheros is already a plural word - ranchero is the singular and would be the equivalent of cowboy! The more you know! ?
  4. Amanda Smith March 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm #
    Oh my GOSH! That's my favorite scene in "Reality Bites" too!! Ugh, Ethan Hawke. He was SO irresistable in that movie. Truth.
  5. Amanda Smith March 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm #
    Also, I want those Huevos Rancheros in my belly.
  6. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm #
    This is pretty much my hubs favorite thing to eat... EVER.
  7. Megan @ Country Cleaver March 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm #
    I've never made huevos racheros either - but I sure think I ought'a try!!
  8. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats March 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm #
    These look so delicious! Im so hungry!! YUM!
  9. Meagan Wied (AZestyBite) March 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm #
    Why hellloooo! This looks so good and I want some now.....
  10. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm #
    You made my morning...again. Totally adding this to my menu next weekend. And, yes, your boyfriend did have quite the performance last night. I am not sure what I liked best...his performance or his "I am who I am" sweet boyish attitude.
  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm #
    These are the prettiest eggs ever! That last pic is Egg Art!
  12. Lauren March 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm #
    I could eat these any time of the day...
  13. kelsey March 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm #
    I have been looking for a good recipe for this! Thanks Bev can't wait to try!!
  14. Amy March 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm #
    Reality Bites! Duuuude. I listened to that soundtrack so much, I think I wore out the tape. TAPE. Oh, I'm old. I'm all over this...I love a runny egg.
  15. Julie @ Table for Two March 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm #
    you're the queen of mexican food. i love this
  16. Cassie March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm #
    Love the black bean puree!
  17. Katie March 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm #
    I love huevos rancheros with my whole heart and soul. They are my family's "special breakfast" for birthdays and Christmas and such. Also, I just googled "image Reality Bites Winona Ryder" so I could see her hair and my hair looks JUST like that hair. But I loathe mine and don't know what to do with it. EVER. It always looks like I just woke up.
  18. Michele March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm #
    Thanks! This is my new fave breakfast!
  19. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm #
    Mmm such a complete, yummy, breakfast! I'm on my way to your house!
  20. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm #
    Love, love, love. This is going on my weekend menu!
  21. Margarita March 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm #
    You know, I've never seen that movie from beginning to end. I've seen different parts of it here and there numerous times though and I know exactly the haircuts you're talking about. Love it and wish I could pull it off, but I just can't. However, I can pull these huevos rancheros off! These look amazing!
  22. Julia {the roasted root} March 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm #
    I enjoyed my routinal oatmeal for breakfast this morning, but man oh man, your huevos look great! I'd probably want to add a thick ol slice of bacon and attempt to eat it like a taco with the yolk running all over the place. Breakfast of champions!
  23. Karriann March 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm #
    Forget breakfast. I could eat this anytime I'd want to. I gotta make this A.S.A.P. "Spice it Up"
  24. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray March 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm #
    Oh my gosh Bev these look so amazing. My kind of breakfast.
  25. Maribo March 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm #
    A perfect eggs, a pretty photo¡¡ I love your blog.
  26. Cookie + Kate March 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm #
    I LOVE huevos rancheros. Except I haven't gotten over my fear of runny eggs so I make scrambled huevos rancheros (sissy, I know).
  27. this looks amazing Bev! perfect runny eggs! if hubs sees this I know what we'll have for dinner. no need to wait till tomorrow morning!
  28. Deanna B. March 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm #
    Can we do dinner for breakfast soon? Because that is one of my favorite things to eat.
  29. Emily @SageRecipes March 23, 2012 at 3:05 am #
    I've only made huevos rancheros once before and it didn't look like this! I will have to try your recipe! Thanks!
  30. Tiffany B March 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm #
    I am SO making these little buggers! (except I'll probably toast my tortillas until crispy in the oven) Super yummo!
  31. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce March 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm #
    Look at those beautiful runny yolks - this looks perfecto!
  32. Sarah March 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm #
    Oh my, those look delicious. Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Thanks for a great new twist!
  33. Kevin (Closet Cooking) March 25, 2012 at 8:29 am #
    I always enjoy savoury breakfasts like this!
  34. telesma March 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm #
    Dude. Where is the cheese? Shredded cheddar, colby, colby jack, pepper jack, or crumbled cotija over the hot beans, please. Then salsa, then egg, then a bit more cheese and some finely chopped green onion or chives with the cilantro. And an alternate method: you make homemade cooked salsa and poach the eggs in that, then ladle it over the beans & tortillas, top with cheese & onions. I like to have avocado & sour cream with mine. Huevos rancheros is my favorite breakfast, but you should try migas. Those are a revelation. :D
  35. Aggie March 26, 2012 at 12:32 am #
    I could seriously eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack...anytime! And you know what? I've never actually made HUEVOS RANCHEROS! I've ordered them out though, does that count? And lets talk about Reality Bites. Favorite movie ever! And I know and love that scene very well. Yes.
  36. Nicole {Sweet Peony} March 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm #
    How do you make food so beautiful! OMGGGGGorgeous!
  37. Deborah March 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm #
    This is seriously heaven to me. Put an egg like that on anything, and you know I'll be in love.
  38. Lisa [With Style and Grace] March 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm #
    YES! This is one of our favorites!! Thinking it's a breakfast for dinner kinda night.
  39. Brandi April 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm #
    Made this for breakfast and it was wonderful! Didn't have chili powder so used cayenne and paprika instead---tasted fine. Thanks for the recipe!
  40. Trixie September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm #
    I made these today! They were awesome! I used pinto beans instead of black beans (personal preference) but other than that, I followed the directions exactly (made 6 instead of just two though). If I make them again, as a shortcut, I think I will buy the pre-made tostada shells and have a crispier breakfast. Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous day!
    • Trixie September 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm #
      Oh yes - I forgot, I added mexican blend shredded cheese on the beans and then again on the eggs. (0=
      • Lori October 17, 2012 at 11:15 am #
        I think I will add cheese also Trixie!!
  41. Tania October 6, 2012 at 4:12 am #
    Ok, can I just say something? You are fricken funny (trying to keep it clean). Seriously, I loved reading your blog and almost forgot why I was there to begin with. I have gone on so many, since joining Pinterest and not once, have I had the inclination to leave a comment. I will definitely be back if for anything, just to be entertained. Keep up the awsomeness (that's a word, right?) Oh, and I will definitely try out this recipe!!
  42. Lori October 17, 2012 at 11:14 am #
    I'm going to try this recipe... but i have to say... I was totally entertained throughout the whole page!! LOL Thanks!!!
  43. Jamie Vaccaro October 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm #
    Great blog. I've been looking for a heuvos rancheros recipe for breakfast AND dinner. Yours sounds super yummy! I thought stealy mcstealy was funny. My husband puts 'mc' on the end of words when he's being funny. :)
  44. Alicia S December 1, 2012 at 12:44 am #
    Yummmmm, I know what I'm making for breakfast tomorrow morning. I have everything except black beans, but thanks to my mom who lives with me we always have fresh peruvian beans in the fridge. I think that will work! Keep'em coming!
    • Alicia S December 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm #
      Guess what Bev? I tried them this morning and they were super delicious. My mom who is a very picky eater loved them. I didn't have the black beans but my mom had fresh cooked peruvian beans and I refried them and used those. Thank you for the great, easy, delicious recipe! You're a doll!
      • Bev Weidner December 2, 2012 at 8:45 am #
        Peruvian beans sound INCREDIBLE. I'm so glad this worked out! Thanks for letting me know!
  45. Dayna January 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm #
    I've never had huevos rancheros like yours. The way we cook them at home is first you fry each corn tortilla in olive oil until it's a tad crunchy and remove excess oil with a napkin. Then using the same pan/olive oil, you fry one slice of lunch ham per egg, on both sides. Remove excess oil. Then you cook the egg and stack them in that order and then you pour some recaudo (tomato sauce made with cooked tomato, onion, clove of garlic, a bit of oregano, and salt and if you want them hot, some chipotle) on the same pan and let it cook for a minute or two and finally you pour it all over your eggs. No beans, no cilantro. I might have to try your recipe for a change :) Greetings from Mexico!
  46. marla March 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm #
    these are the sexiest eggs i have ever seen. fa reals
  47. Jaclyn April 16, 2013 at 12:40 am #
    These look delish! I just love Mexican food which is one reason I love your blog so much!
  48. Leigh July 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm #
    Gorgeous and hilarious. I'm so happy I found this. I just read your whole post out loud to my husband and he laughed too even though I interrupted his TV viewing. Years and years ago (1991?) on one of my favorite vacations with him, I stole his huevos rancheros at a cafe in Point Reyes Station, CA -- and I still remember that being the best thing I ate that whole trip up and down the northern California coast. Unfortunately, the french toast I ordered was unexpectedly loaded with nutmeg and I can't abide nutmeg and he offered to switch and I have felt guilty all these years that I got the BEST huevos rancheros EVER even though I know he likes nutmeg. He always wins at ordering but that meal I won because he's such a sweetie. I will make this for him and remind him of that day (-- and btw, he'd eat breakfast for dinner every night if that's what I made). Beautiful job, you!
    • Leigh July 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm #
      (I guess this story means I'm a stealy mcstealer.)
  49. Suzanne August 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm #
    this entire post totally just made my day. hilarious. also, reality bites = best movie ever, winona's haircut = my favourite, huevos rancheros = a great way for me to use up the shitton of mini tortillas I bought for no good reason the other day. thanks!
  50. jaydub1922 October 21, 2013 at 12:04 am # Check out this site. These are the variations of Huevos Rancheros here in New Mexico. The most popular is a flour or corn tortilla, two fried eggs. whole pinto beans, fried potatos, smothered in either a good red or green chile sauce, or both sauces also know as Christmas style, and a flour tortilla on the side.
  51. Aida December 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm #
    Love huevos rancheros and am gonna make this in the morning, I normally have them at my favorite Mexican restaurant with my group that meets on national school holidays, but can't wait. I love your stories too, so I have to follow you and read more about you.
  52. Teralyn Pilgrim May 22, 2017 at 11:20 pm #
    That was easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for the recipe!
  53. Lori S. June 10, 2018 at 12:55 pm #
    This is still my favorite ... i'm glad i found this recipe again, Bev! Your writing just cracks me up as well .... thank you!!! :)


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