Last month we were lucky enough to celebrate my husband’s cousin’s 40th birthday with friends and family from afar, in Mexico. It’s always fun when you get invited to do cool things (you might not be doing otherwise) for other people’s milestone birthdays!
We not only had a blast but enjoyed lots of tasty food while we were there too, including Huevos Rancheros for breakfast every single morning! It was so good and so fitting that our travel group has reminisced about the Huevos Rancheros several times since returning home. So, as a food blogger, I decided to do the obvious – try to recreate our memorable Mexican breakfast and share it with you. Enjoy!
Huevos Rancheros (with shortcut "refried" beans)
Shortcut Refried Beans
- 2 corn tortillas, homemade or store bought...we like Food for Life brand in the frozen section
- queso fresco, (Mexican cheese)
- cilantro, fresh
In a small pot, combine the salsa ingredients, bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 - 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Add more water, if necessary, to keep the pot from drying out.
Combine the refried beans ingredients in a skillet over medium heat. Let the mixture boil lightly for 3 - 4 minutes, then mash into a paste with a potato masher. Add a few more splashes of water if necessary to keep the beans from drying out.
Heat another skillet (or use the one you made the beans in, if you transfer those to a serving dish) over medium-low heat and melt the butter. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook on both sides until done to your liking. I like mine just a touch runny in the middle. Season with salt and pepper.
Arrange the corn tortillas on two plates and top each one with two eggs. Divide the beans and spread on each plate next to the tortilla. Sprinkle the salsa, cheese, and cilantro over top and serve warm.