No. 17: Huevos Rancheros + Sunday Recipes

Sunday is a day for cooking.

It's the perfect day to make some of my favorite dishes that take a little extra time:

It's also a great day for breakfasts. Big, comforting breakfasts that fill you up and make you want to go take a nap at 10am.

Huevos Rancheros

I've already confessed my love for eggs, and huevos rancheros is one of those amazing egg delivery systems that you can customize any which way. I adapted the recipe below from Real Simple.

Ingredients

2 6-inch soft corn tortillas (make it 4 if you want a tortilla topper)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 8-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained*
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup mild salsa or salsa verde
2 large eggs, fried
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 ripe avocado, sliced (optional)
Serves 2

*I used leftover black bean soup. I simply heated and drained it to ensure as much liquid was removed as possible.

To make

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Put the tortillas on a baking sheet and place in the oven to warm, about 5 minutes.

Toast the cumin in a small, dry saucepan over medium heat until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and red pepper. (Or in my case, I just reheated soup as mentioned above.)

While tortillas are warming, fry the two eggs.

Remove the warm tortillas from the oven. Spoon some beans onto each, then top each with some salsa, one fried egg, and some cheese.

Tortillas on baking sheet

Bake until the cheese has melted over the eggs and salsa.

Baked huevos

Plate tortillas. Serve with the avocado, jalapeno, tomato or other desired toppings.

The results

I'm getting a tiny bit better at frying eggs. Both of these came out over easy. Success!

For fun, I topped the finished product with another baked tortilla, cilantro, beans and jalapeno to make it a bit of a huevos sandwich.

Final

I love that the tortillas came out crispy without having to fry them in oil, but they were very dry. Some additional salsa verde drizzled on top of the dish at the end would have given it a nice soft texture with even more flavor.

But again, make this your own. Add more heat with jalapenos, hot sauce and red pepper flakes. After baking, douse the tortillas in salsa verde before assembling. Put another fried egg on top of the second tortilla to start building a huevos tower.

Go wild!

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