Mexican Huevos Rancheros – A Heartwarming Breakfast

By Mark Wiens 23 Comments
Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros

Along with chorizo and eggs, it doesn’t get much more heartwarming for breakfast than a Mexican dish known as Huevos Rancheros.

When I visited the United States, I made it a point to take my fill of Mexican food. One morning I went over to visit my buddy Carlos, an expert cook and eater of all things Sonoran Mexican food.

What is Huevos Rancheros?

The general combination consists of fresh tortillas, fried runny eggs, tomato sauce, Mexican cheese, and refried beans to top things off.

The corn tortillas are fried in oil so they become slightly crispy on the edges before being placed on an empty plate.

The eggs are best when fried over-easy so the yolk remains rich and oozy. The eggs are placed on top of the tortilla foundation. Red enchilada like sauce (tomato sauce cooked with onions and garlic) is generously lathered over the glorious agglomeration.

Pretty and waiting to be eaten!
Pretty and waiting to be eaten!

Mexican refried beans and crumbled white cheese compliment the dish supremely.

When it’s all combined on a single plate, huevos rancheros is like a creative painting, just waiting to be devoured.

Huevos rancheros is the loco moco of Sonoran Mexican food – a dish where the runny eggs are what make it so spectacular! It’s best when all ingredients are mixed together in a tasty mess.

Huevos Rancheros
Stirring things up for an abstract painting of deliciousness!

When you puncture the yolk of the egg… things get even BETTER!

The saucy combination turns into sloppy mix of juices and wonderful flavors. The yolk mingles with the tomato sauce and the refried beans in a harmonious marriage of deliciousness.

I enjoy eating my huevos rancheros with a large stack of extra corn tortillas on the side so I can sop up all the liquid flavor.

Huevos Rancheros - Heartwarming Mexican Breakfast!
Huevos Rancheros – Heartwarming Mexican Breakfast!

Here’s just one more shot I couldn’t resist sharing because it shows the mixture of ingredients on my plate.

If you’re not into runny eggs, you probably won’t like this, but for those of us who are, your mouth may already be watering.

Living in Thailand and eating mostly Thai breakfast dishes in the morning, it’s really only Mexican food that I sometimes crave. Luckily this plate of Mexican huevos rancheros was heartwarming.

Have you ever had huevos rancheros?



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  • Ashley

    4 years ago

    How cheap is mexico on a monthly basis?

  • ConfusedJulia

    5 years ago

    YUM!! Can’t wait to get back to Mexico in March. It’s dishes like this (and the spiciness) that make it one of my favourite cuisines.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Thanks a lot Julia, hope you have another great and food filled Mexico trip in March!

  • Dan

    5 years ago

    This is one of my “Favorites” when in Arizona/Texas/New Mexico/Mexico-You are right-on with the runnier the “Better!” Making me “Hungry!” Yummy!
    Dan
    Ubon, Thailand

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey, thanks Dan! Same goes for Thai food with the runny egg!

  • Zara @ Backpack ME

    5 years ago

    Oh Man, I LOVE these!
    Mark.. as a foodie, you MUST spend some quality time in Mexico. Awesome food!!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Zara, thanks for checking this out. Yes, I have only visited the very northern part of Mexico, but I would love to spend a lot of time throughout the country just eating – hopefully in the future!

  • Caanan @ No Vacation Required

    5 years ago

    Def one of my favorites. I’ll eat just about anything with a runny egg though.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Thanks Caanan! Can’t go wrong with runny eggs!

  • Ayngelina

    5 years ago

    One of my favourites!

  • Marco

    5 years ago

    I have to agree with David. This is a great breakfast dish and is always the first thing I look for on breakfast menus!

  • David @ That Gay Backpacker

    5 years ago

    Probs my favourite breakfast food – I really appreciate something with a bit of kick to get me going in the morning.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Fully agree, a nice spicy breakfast really works well!

  • Maria

    5 years ago

    Especially good if you drank the previous evening. Not that I’d know… *laugh*

  • MarkG

    5 years ago

    I love eating the local ‘breakfast’ in different countries and this is one that I have made at home, albeit with bought/packaged tortillas. Just the thing for a weekend treat in the current European climate!

    I looked at the first two photos and realised that there was, however, something uncharacteristically missing from this gringo gastronaut’s palate. But then the chillies appeared in the next shots. So my faith is restored by one, who I believe, would pour Tabasco sauce over Cornflakes!

    Could this be complimented with a durian and chilli shake?

    I know it’s cross-cultural. But so is fusion cuisine.

    Not Tex-Mex but Asian-Mex…

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Mark, I agree with what you’re saying about local breakfast, it’s my favorite too. Haha, a meal is not a meal without chilis and/or chili sauce all over it. Wow, with durian, I think that may just work…!

  • paul | walkflypinoy.com

    5 years ago

    this is the first time i heard of huevos rancheros. and right now i feel like i want a plate of it so badly. i like all things gloopy and messy and cheesy. mmmm.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Haha, thanks Paul, if you like oozy eggs, I know you’d like this!