Craving Breakfast for Dinner? Try Huevos Rancheros (Ranch Eggs)

Huevos Rancheros - A Breakfast for Dinner Favorite

This used to be our favorite “lazy weekend” breakfast – perfect for those mornings when you want to sleep late and read the paper in your pajamas and bunny slippers. Lately, however, it seems like we’re eating it more often for dinner than breakfast, which still works because it’s great any time. I just love everything about this dish. It’s simple, easy to make, and it satisfies my cravings for Mexican food and breakfast for dinner. It also brings together my favorite elements of a classic Mexican food binge – chips, salsa & cheese. If you haven’t tried Huevos Rancheros yet, it’s time. Here’s how I make it for two people:

One small bag of corn tortilla chips
Pam cooking spray
4 large or jumbo eggs
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup of grated colby jack cheese
2 Tablespoons of minced purple onion
1/2 cup of red salsa
3 Tablespoons of cilantro (optional)

Set out two plates. On each plate, arrange enough tortilla chips to cover half the plate as if you’re making nachos. If you want your chips to be more bite-sized, crunch them up a little before spreading them out. Spray a non-stick skillet with a little cooking spray and cook your eggs until the yolks are to your liking. I’ll be honest with you, this dish is best if you leave the yolks a little runny. Gently place 2 eggs on each plate on top of the bed of tortilla chips. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of grated cheese on each serving, top each with one tablespoon of minced onion, pour 1/4 cup of salsa across each serving, then top with the cilantro. Put each plate into the microwave for 30-60 seconds on high to warm everything up and melt the cheese. Serve immediately. I like to serve this with pan-fried potatoes with onions or leftover refried beans. Out of salsa? Try it with pico de gallo instead. Want it spicy? Toss a fresh, minced jalapeno on the top or give it a few shakes of Tabasco. For me, this dish has it all – crunchy, creamy, salty, and spicy. It’s just fantastic. Whether you serve it for breakfast or dinner, Huevos Rancheros is sure to warm you up.

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7 responses to “Craving Breakfast for Dinner? Try Huevos Rancheros (Ranch Eggs)

  1. I’ve never had it but I love Mexican food…and I love that it’s so quick!

  2. I love huevos rancheros! I’ve only ever made if for dinner. I do like your addition of tortilla chips–we’ll definitely try that next time.

    • Thanks, Kirsten! And I can’t wait to try your recipe for popovers. I love them, I just don’t seem to be able to make them well (they collapse). My goal is to whip out popovers like those served at Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park (Maine), and yours look very similar. Those folks know how to bake a popover. Your recipe is next! Thanks for dropping in to visit my blog. I appreciate it!

  3. I was already hungry and talking myself out of making breakfast (b/c I’m TOO lazy)… this looks gooooooood…..

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    • My only New Year’s resolution this year was to vow to try new things. This is my year to be adventurous. Here’s my new motto: “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretsky
      So try the eggs. What do you have to lose? Just don’t feed any to Nigel or you’ll be up all night again!

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