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Huevos Rancheros

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Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 120

This colorful dish, with its lively Mexican flavors, is great for brunch or dinner. Covering  the eggs while frying helps the whites set without overcooking the yolks. Layer crumbled crisped bacon or chorizo between the egg and avocado, if you like.

  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice (from 1 small lime)
  • 1 large jalapeño, coarsely chopped, including seeds (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced (about 1 tsp.)
  • 3 large plum tomatoes, finely chopped, including seeds and juices (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet, brush them on both sides with 1 Tbs. of the oil, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, mash the avocado with half of the cilantro, the lime juice, and salt to taste.

Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the jalapeño and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften and is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and golden, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt, and cook, stirring, until softened and heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl and wipe out the skillet.

Heat the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in the skillet over medium-low heat. Break the eggs into the skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook, covered, until the whites are set, about 5 minutes.

While the eggs cook, heat the tortillas in the oven until warm but still soft, about 2 minutes. Spread the avocado mixture on the tortillas, top each with an egg and some of the salsa, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 320; Fat (g): fat g 23; Fat Calories (kcal): 210; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4; Protein (g): protein g 9; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 22; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 400; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 185; Fiber (g): fiber g 5;

Photo: Jennifer May

This is a really good dish--and it would be equally appropriate for a breakfast brunch as it would for dinner. The flavors complement each other nicely with the spice of the quick, homemade salsa being offset by the creaminess of the avocado. Very nice!

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