Huevos Rancheros, an exercise in commitment

Making huevos rancheros during the hottest part of the day, in the hottest room of the house, isn’t for the faint of heart. Or for the brightest person. Or for a person who doesn’t love sweat dripping and pooling in uncomfortable places. But it is for the stubborn person who wants to make something special and different from the normal dinner rotation for her family.  Stubborn, I am.  Committed to a plan even when the sweat torrents? Absolutely.

Huevos rancheros is one of those dishes I love to eat a bit more than I love to make, which might explain why I haven’t made it in awhile. Or why I might have completely forgotten it existed.  It’s one of those dishes that turns me into a short order cook, and that is not my favorite feeling, especially when it’s uncomfortably hot and I just want to eat without having to cook anything. It requires that you fry eggs to order, as well as tortillas, but if you’re up for the challenge, here we go…

Ingredients:

  • corn tortillas
  • shredded cheese of your preference
  • eggs for frying
  • red potatoes
  • This amazing red sauce
  • refried beans
  • oil/butter for frying
  • seasonings
  • cilantro

Method:

Dice up your potatoes into uniform cubes. Maybe 1 inch dice? You are going to parboil them until they are knife tender, and if you made uniform cuts, the potatoes will cook at the same rate, which is important.

Parboil potatoes in salted water.

Making the amazing red sauce. Make lots of it.  Freeze what you don’t use.  It’s easily one of the best sauces I have ever made.Keep it warming while you get the rest of the meal together.

Once the potatoes are soft-ish, drain them well.  Throw them into a hot skillet ( I prepped mine with lots of bacon grease), and season generously. I used cumin, onion and garlic powder, seasoned salt, and mexican oregano. Fry the homefries until they are crispy and completely soft on the inside.

homefries

Once sauce is done, potatoes are mostly done, heat up your refried beans, and fry your corn tortillas to your desired crispiness.

Keep them warm in the oven in a dish towel.

Fry however many eggs you will need. I like mine over easy.

Each huevos rancheros serving is one tortilla, layered with beans, cheese, potatoes, sauce, a fried egg, more sauce, and cilantro.

Here is the finished product.

huevosrancheros

This recipe can be changed up several different ways. You could change up the sauce, leave out the potatoes, change the potatoes to sweet potatoes, add sausage…the important thing is that you have some beans and an egg with an amazing sauce on a tortilla. The rest is up to you.

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