Huevos Rancheros

4 Jan

Knowing that I would be feeling slightly fragile on New Years day, I took a trip to the supermarket and prepared to make a delicious hang over busting breakfast – Huevos Rancheros.

I was inspired by Valentine Warner’s recipe in his newest book, The Good Table, but I seem to have misplaced it so I created my own version.

I feel like I cheated slightly with the tin of refried beans but as soon as I locate my cookbook, I’ll be making Valentines version from scratch.


1 tin of cherry tomatoes
1/2 tin of refried beans
1 red chilli, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
small bunch of coriander
salt and pepper to season
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 free range eggs
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/2 lime, sliced into wedges
4 corn tortillas
8 tbsp vegetable oil for frying


1. Heat 4 tbsp vegetable oil in a pan and fry the chopped chilli and garlic on a medium heat for 3 minutes, or until soft
2. Add the tomato puree, tinned cherry tomatoes and red wine vinegar and simmer for 10 minutes on a low/medium heat. Season with salt and pepper
3. Heat the refried beans in a pan
4. Heat another frying pan and toast the corn tortillas on each side for 1 minute. Keep aside
5. In the same pan, heat the remianing vegetable oil and fry the eggs, basting the yolk with hot oil as you go
6. Place tomato sauce, refried beans and a fried egg on each tortilla and garnish with avocado, coriander and a wedge of lime

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10 Responses to “Huevos Rancheros”

  1. Sandy Cadiz-Smith (@sandycadizsmith) January 4, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Ooh this sounds so tasty I will have to give it a try. Not a big fan of refried beans though, would it be okay if I left them out? Or how would baked beans work?

    • Food for Think January 4, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      Hmm, not sure baked beans would work that well but you could try making your own with pinto beans… I know that Valentine Warner’s recipe sounds/looks delicious but I just can’t find my book at the moment. Slightly annoying.

    • Andrew January 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      If you don’t like refried beans, you should use black beans. They are a great substitute and actually better for you.

      • Food for Think January 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

        That’s a very good suggestion – I think I actually prefer black beans too!

  2. Rax Lakhani (@raxlakhani) January 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Got to be my all time favourite breakfast dish! Eversince sampling Huevos Rancheros in Peru, my wife and I try and recreate the dish once a month for a lazy Sunday brunch. Plenty of tabasco goes down well too!

  3. beti January 5, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    it sounds perfect! delicious and fresh

    • Food for Think January 5, 2012 at 9:53 am #

      Thank you – it’s a perfect weekend brunch!

  4. Miguel January 23, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    tomato puree? tinned cherry tomatoes? red win vinegar?!?!?!

    sorry but no..all though I’m sure this is tasty. Come to Las Cruces, NM and try some.

    • Food for Think January 23, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      I’d love to go over there and try some! This version is very tasty and so so so easy to whip up – the perfect hangover cure. Minimum effort and lots of taste :)


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