The other night I stopped by a neighbor’s house for some wine and bread and cheese with some neighbors. It was 7:30 by the time I got home and I still wanted some dinner, but didn’t really want to spend a ton of time cooking something. Yet I wanted something warm and something more than a sandwich. Eggs sounded good but note quite filling enough. I settled on my own version of huevos rancheros and they hit the spot perfectly!
Part of it was these handmade corn tortillas we had left over from taquitos the other night.
I didn’t follow a recipe per se but was recreating what I’ve eaten out limited by what I had on hand. I didn’t have any pinto beans cooked up so used some canned black beans. I didn’t have any ranchero sauce so cooked down some salsa. I didn’t have any real Mexican cheese so used a blend. I used my own sweet pickled jalapenos which I realize just now I never posted!
- corn tortillas
- black or pinto beans warmed up
- grated Cheese
- sour cream
- salsa or ranchero sauce
- sour cream
- sliced jalapenos or pickled jalapenos optional
- I'm not giving amounts because this is totally flexible depending on how much you want to eat. For a full large meal I would suggest 2 eggs and 2 tortillas per person, plus maybe 1/2 cup of beans per person, split across the 2 tortillas. Sour cream and cheese are obviously to taste.
- If you don't have any ranchero sauce you can do what I did, which is to throw some jarred salsa in a saucepan and put it on low heat to cook down a bit while you do everything else.
- Likewise, heat the pinto or black beans up in a saucepan or in the microwave and keep warm.
- Heat some oil in a frying pan, just enough to coat the bottom. Fry each tortilla a minute or two on each side to soften. You don't want them crisp like tostadas, just softened. Set aside on paper towels.
- Drain any excess oil and add a bit of butter to the pan and then fry the eggs in it. If you're nervous about flipping fried eggs but like the top cooked a bit, just put a lid on the skillet for a minute once the whites are done to your liking. The heat will cook the top of the eggs and no one will know the difference.
- Put tortillas on plates, top with beans, then fried eggs, then cheese and sour cream. Garnish with jalapenos if you'd like.
These will definitely be on the menu again!