Papa Dan’s Favorite Huevos Rancheros



Breakfast is ready. Time to eat.

Ready for a delicious and hearty breakfast? Try these Huevos Rancheros!


I can always count on my father-in-law to be consistent. Whenever we go out for breakfast and he has the chance he will inevitably order the classic Mexican breakfast known as Huevos Rancheros. If you aren’t familiar with Huevos Rancheros it is a fried or poached egg dish severed on hot corn or wheat tortillas along with other taste sensations like re-fried beans, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.


Papa Dad trying our Huevos Rancheros.

Rest assured. Even our in-house expert thought these were good.

Sadly, during the last couple of breakfast outings to restaurants “Papa Dan’s” traditional breakfast just didn’t live up to its usual reputation. Papa was disappointed the Huevos came with whole pinto beans rather than re-fried beans. Furthermore, he felt the dish was just missing some critical ingredient. Sensing a crisis in the making, my wife dusted off her Mom’s old recipe and we all committed to testing it this past weekend with our in-house expert to ensure it was up to snuff.


With great confidence we can report this is one Huevos Rancheros recipe not to be missed!


Let’s Start With The Ingredients


Though there is quite a bit of leeway in what ingredients you may want to use to spice up your dish here’s our basic list:


Canned refried beans

Open a can of re-fried beans and tomato sauce.

For the re-fried bean mix:

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ small chopped onion

1 small can tomato sauce

1 can of re-fried beans

¼ – ½ teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon oregano

¼ – ½ teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper to taste


This is going to be yummy.

We got a kick out of Mom’s old recipe which read, “Wavos” Ranchero instead of Huevos.

Other items you will need:


Corn or wheat tortillas


Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Salsa (or Pico De Gallo)

Guacamole (optional)

Sour Cream (optional)





Start by stir frying the onions.

Start by cooking up the re-fried bean mix. To do that grab a kettle, add the olive oil and stir fry some onions until they start to turn translucent. Then add in the re-fried beans, tomato sauce and spices. Mix thoroughly and bring to a low boil. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Use more or less spice depending on your taste and tolerance. Once these are done, set to the side.


Warming a tortilla in a frying pan.

Warm your tortillas in a little butter or oil to bring out the flavor. Yum!

In a medium hot fry pan, add a touch of butter or oil and then lightly warm your favorite type of tortillas. Corn tortillas are the more traditional choice for this recipe, but we also tried a whole grain wheat version and were very happy with the results. If you haven’t experienced it yet you’ll soon discover tortillas are so much better when heated. Just be sure not to let them scorch.


Take your freshly warmed tortillas and temporarily store them on a plate. If you want to do several at once then stack them up with a paper towel or napkin between each one to keep them from sticking together.


Frying my huevos egg.

Don’t break the yolks when you flip them. We liked the yolk just a little bit runny.

While the tortillas are warming in the pan fry up your eggs. A second set of hands is helpful here. We think the best eggs for this recipe are prepared easy over and cooked medium. That means carefully flipping the egg to keep the yolk intact and then cooking it until the yolk is no longer super runny. Of course, we know you may prefer you eggs otherwise so do them up to your liking.


Now comes the fun part: Place a warm tortilla on a serving plate. Scoop out a dollop of the re-fried bean mix and spread it on the tortilla. Sprinkle that with some shredded cheese. Set a fried egg on top of the cheese, and then sprinkle with more shredded cheese. Now, add your favorite toppings. For the absolute best Heuvos Rancheros we highly recommend adding fresh salso or pico de gallo, freshly made guacamole, and a dab of sour cream to top it all off. Serve warm and prepare to feast.


Assembling our huevos rancheros.

Assembling comes last. Follow the steps above and get ready for a treat.


If you want to make your own delicious guacamole or pico de gallo from scratch check out these recipes first:


In Search Of The Perfect Guacamole

Take A Peek At My Pico


I think I'm in Huevos heaven.

Wow, these eggs are delicious!

So what do you think? Aren’t these eggs just heavenly? One thing we know is once you finish this meal you can plan to skip lunch as it willl stick with you all day long. Thanks for the inspiration, Papa Dan!


If you’d like a print copy of today’s recipe click on this link: Papa Dan’s Favorite Heuvos Rancheros.






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