I was first introduced to Huevos Rancheros in Iowa, of all places. My young family and I were visiting my older brother and his family for holidays and, as was their family tradition, my sister-in-law, Connie, served Huevos Rancheros for Christmas breakfast. I loved both the meal and the tradition and immediately decided to
steal adopt them as my own. But the timing presented a problem: as you might imagine, in a house packed with preschoolers, any breakfast that takes more than five minutes to prepare on Christmas morning is simply out of the question. The solution came with New Years Day – a traditionally slow, lazy morning in our home. And that, my friends, is the very brief story of how Huevos Rancheros became our way of welcoming the New Year. Here’s my version, adapted from Connie’s original recipe – I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
- 2 oz mild green chilies, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 2 cups enchilada sauce, homemade or canned
- 8-12 flour or corn tortillas
- 14 oz refried beans (I prefer refried black beans)
- 12 eggs
- grated cheddar cheese
- sliced olives
- sliced jalapenos
- sliced avocados
- sour cream
- chopped cilantro
- In a large skillet, saute the chopped green onions and green chilis in olive oil for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute one more minute, then add tomato sauce and enchilada sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, warm tortillas, and heat refried beans in a small saucepan or in the microwave.
- There are two approaches to preparing the eggs: (1) Fry them in a separate pan. I do this when there aren't very many people to feed becasue it allows me to cook the eggs to suite personal tastes. (2) Poach the eggs directly in the sauce. To do this, heat the skillet full of sauce over very low heat, and carefully break the eggs directly into the hot sauce. Cover the pan immediately and cook for 8-11 minutes. This works well for large crowds, but you have to be careful or the eggs will overcook. Unless you like your eggs cooked hard, in which case, no problem. .
- Layer on plate in this order: Tortilla, beans, sauce and eggs.
- Top with grated cheddar, sour cream, olives, avocado slices, peppers, salsa, or whatever suites your fancy.
- Toss on some cooked chorizo!
My oldest daughter beat me to the punch with a post of her version of Huevos Ranchoeros by two years! Check it out!
What are you New Years Day traditions? Did you change or add anything this year?