Huevos rancheros

Have I mentioned I love breakfast? My absolute favourite breakfast involves spicy tomato salsa, cheesy tortillas, fresh avocado, crispy bacon and a sunny side up hens egg. That’s right folks, breakfast Mexican style. Traditionally, Huevos Rancheros is a fried tortilla, drowned in tomato salsa, with eggs and typically involves avocado or refried beans and rice on top. Whatever you serve this dish with, you can’t go wrong, so just pick your favourites and experiment. This dish can also be enjoyed by all the gluten free, vegan and vegetarians in your life as well, which is a huge bonus. (Ask me how if you aren’t sure)

The tomato salsa is the key to this dish. The right balance between spicy jalapeños, peppery coriander and sharp juicy tomatoes will make or break it. I was shown by my Mexican friend (thanks Roman) in California how to make a quick and easy, but proper salsa. You’re welcome. 
You are going to need the following;

  • 8 – 10 ripe tomatoes
  • Half bunch of coriander (stalks seperate) 
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 – 3 jalepeños (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • Seasoning
  • Corn tortillas (two per person)
  • Handful of grated cheddar
  • Fresh eggs (one/two per person)

This is a simple, one pot sauce. First tear off the coriander stalks and set aside the leaves. Roughly chop everything else up (minus the tortillas, cheese and eggs) and throw it all in a pot. Cover with water, put on a high heat and cook for about 5-10 minutes until everything is softened up. 

Next, set up your blender. A stick blender works fine, but I prefer a jug blender as you can add as much or as little of the liquid as you want to get the right consistency. You want the salsa to be thick but still pourable. Now remember the coriander you reserved? Throw this in as you blend to add a bright freshness to you salsa. Blitz it all together and once you have the texture you want, taste and adjust the seasoning. 

Lastly, put a frying pan on a medium heat, no need to add oil, and put one tortilla in. Once it’s warmed up, add the grated cheese, top off with the other tortilla and cook until gooey inside, turning occasionally. Prepare your eggs however you prefer, though I’m biased towards a good fried egg or two per person. 

The fun part of this dish is adding whatever you want on your plate. I like fresh avocado, crispy bacon and a fried egg with mine, but whatever you want is fine. Add it all together and don’t forget to drown it in spicy salsa! 

PS. This salsa recipe is killer, and great to have in a big jar in the fridge at all times. Don’t be afraid to double the recipe so you have extra! 

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