Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (2024)

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This traditional Mexican Huevos Rancheros recipe is the perfect breakfast recipe loaded up with crispy tortillas, perfectly fried eggs, and tasty homemade salsa. The simplicity and flavors in this dish next level and not-too-mention it’s incredibly simple to prepare.

I am a huge fan of Mexican food, and the more I research it and make it, the more I love it. There are some amazing traditional recipes out there such as Tres Leches Cake or Baja Fish Tacos that I think you will enjoy and are guaranteed to impress guests.

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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros is Spanish for “rancher’s eggs,” although the more traditional translation would be “country-style eggs.” This dish consists of fried corn tortillas topped with fried eggs and salsa. It is a very simple dish to prepare and extremely traditional to serve daily in Mexican cuisine.

I’ve been making this dish for over 25 years and it’s still delicious every time I make it and eat it. You can get creative when making this dish and add accompaniments such as toppings and side dishes to further enhance it.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Tomatoes – I like to use Roma tomatoes as they are great in the summer and decent in the off-season.
  • Peppers – Use seeded serrano or jalapeño peppers for this.
  • Onions – I prefer to use yellow onions, but feel free to substitute for white or sweet onions.
  • Garlic – Use whole garlic cloves for roasting for the salsa.
  • Oil – You will need a natural flavored oil to coat the vegetables as well as for frying the tortillas and eggs.
  • Tortillas – Fried crispy corn tortillas are the only ones you will need.
  • Eggs – Any size or brand of eggs will work.

How to Make Huevos Rancheros

Use these step-by-step instructions and images to make these delicious huevos rancheros from scratch:

Coat the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic on a sheet tray and roast in the oven at 425 for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly charred.

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Remove the roasted veggies and pulse a few times in a blender so that it is still chunky but easy to pour. Transfer to a saucepot and keep warm on low heat.

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In a saucepan of oil at 350° fry the corn tortillas until crispy. Place them on a rack over a sheet tray to drain.

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In that same oil, fry eggs to your desired amount of doneness.

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Serve the eggs on top of the crispy tortillas and top off with salsa. Some other things you can serve it with are refried beans and queso fresco cheese.

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Make-Ahead And Storage

Make-Ahead: These are meant to be eaten as soon as they are done cooking. You can keep the ingredients separate for up to 30 minutes before assembling and serving.

How to Store: Keep the ingredients separate and covered in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Be sure to keep the fried corn tortillas covered and at room temperature. These will not freeze well.

How to Reheat: Reheat the beans according to their reheating instructions, warm the tortillas, fry new eggs, and add on salsa.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do huevos rancheros contain?

  • huevos rancheros plainly contain fried eggs, crispy fried corn tortillas, and salsa, but it can be expanded to add refried beans, cheese, and occasionally meat, or you can get creative with it.

What does rancheros mean in huevos rancheros?

  • Rancheros translates to “ranchers” which brings the whole term to “rancher’s eggs.”

Does huevos rancheros have meat?

  • Traditionally it does not have meat on it, however, I have seen things like bacon, chorizo, or pork belly added to it.

What is the difference between huevos rancheros and Shakshuka?

  • These two dishes are completely different. Huevos rancheros are fried eggs served with warm salsa on a fried tortilla and Shakshuka are eggs poached in a zesty tomato sauce.
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chef notes + tips

  • While my recipe is very classic, please feel free to expand and add additional toppings and side dishes to accompany this.

More Mexican Recipes

  • Birria Tacos
  • Chicken Tinga
  • Consome
  • Chilaquiles
  • Tortilla Soup

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This traditional Mexican Huevos Rancheros recipe is the perfect breakfast recipe with crispy tortillas, fried eggs, and tasty homemade salsa.

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 seeded serrano peppers
  • 1 peeled yellow onion, cut into thick slices
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons neutral flavored oil + more for frying
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups refried beans
  • queso fresco for garnish
  • chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Notes

Make-Ahead: These are meant to be eaten as soon as they are done cooking. You can keep the ingredients separate for up to 30 minutes before assembling and serving.

How to Store: Keep the ingredients separate and covered in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Be sure to keep the fried corn tortillas covered and at room temperature. These will not freeze well.

How to Reheat: Reheat the beans according to their reheating instructions, warm the tortillas, fry new eggs, and add on salsa.

While my recipe is very classic, please feel free to expand and add additional toppings and side dishes to accompany this.

Nutrition

Calories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 20gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 845mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 10gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1379IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 152mgIron: 4mg

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: Mexican

Author: Chef Billy Parisi

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18 comments

    • Chef Katie
    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (11)

    This looks yummy. I had a pork green chili version in Frisco, Colorado and have recreated in my kitchen 2 ways, slow roasting the pork and combining with onions, pepper etc. or pork sausage with roasted veggies and a great verde sauce and spices. Both are delicious

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    • Donna A Pollock
    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (12)

    Hey Chef, another home run here for me ad my family. This is great food at it’s finest. So easy to make and delicious to eat anytime day or night. I think everyone should try this dish. It’s filling, delicious, and full of Protein with the beans and the eggs. Great dish and recipe.

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    • Susan
    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (13)

    Happy Sunday started with this recipe. Five 👍👍👍👍👍 up good!

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    • Jo Carral
    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (15)

    Love your recipes! They are so easy to make and absolutely delicious. I like to make enough salsa to last a few days. It goes with everything!

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    • sue
    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (16)

    Hungry now need food thanks to ChusfBilly yummy oh

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    • Barbie
    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (17)

    Thanks Chef. Love the roasting of the veggies. This gives the sauce such a great smokey flavor. Only thing I do differently is add the sauce, once pulsed in the Ninja, to the skillet I pan fried the tortillas in. I crack the eggs into little “nests” in the sauce put the lid on the skillet and let the eggs poach for a few minutes till done as desired! So delicious on the tortillas. We always put the refried beans on the tortillas first then add the egg/sauce and whatever toppings you desire. These are soooo delicious. Will be trying out some of your other recipes Chef!

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    • Joan Zrostlik
    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (18)

    Wonderful! Way better than the version I haven’t made for years! The roasted veggies makes all the difference.

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    • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (19)

        thanks for giving it a shot!!

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      • Margarita Ackley
      • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (20)

      Have had Huevos Rancheros now twice. Great recipe! My husband loves it when we have these for breakfast.

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      • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (21)

          Perfect!

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        • Jeni Lack
        • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (22)

        Made these exactly as you wrote it, then had extra sides, sour cream, avocado and bacon. Whole family loved them. Will definitely make again and again. Thank you!

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        • meghan
        • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (23)

        this recipe is exactly what i was looking for! sooo delicious. this dish will definitely be added to the rotation!

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        • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (24)

            Perfect!

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          • Rene
          • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (25)

          I’ve made this twice now and it is phenomenal! The refried beans are the best I’ve ever had. I won’t include the vinegar in the salsa next time – just not to my taste.. Make this! You won’t be sorry!

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          • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (26)

              Thanks for making it.

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            • Andrea Haubert
            • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (27)

            This was amazing and easy. The Ranchero sauce was top notch. All 7 of us enjoyed it, will be added to the rotation.

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            • Ana
            • Traditional Huevos Rancheros Recipe (28)

            Made this for the hubby and he loved it! Will make again 🙂

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