Sunday morning I woke up with a sweet tooth. I ended up satisfying it with a small bowl of granola with milk and a drizzle of honey. I thought breakfast was over until I saw James reach into the fridge and pull out the tortillas, salsa and eggs. I panicked, knowing my darn sweet tooth was going to make me miss out. You can’t eat breakfast twice, I thought!
Wrong! After tons of convincing (JK not really. I was very easily convinced), I decided that Round 2 Breakfasts are fine in moderation. So together, following James’ lead, we constructed a very simple but delicious version of huevos rancheros. No beans, nothing fancy. Just eggs, tortillas, salsa and cheese.
If you’re craving huevos rancheros, and you think they might be too hard or complicated for quick and easy breakfast – think again!
Simple and easy huevos rancheros
Makes 2 servings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 corn tortillas
1 cup mild or medium chunky tomato salsa (we used what we had in the fridge — Pace)
Few dashes hot sauce (i.e. Tapatio or Cholula. I think we used this Cholula)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a medium sized skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil, swirling pan to coat.
When oil is heated, dip both sides of a corn tortilla in the oil and let cook about 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining tortillas, adding more oil as needed. (FYI, somehow my oil is never hot enough when I start this process so I always waste 1 or 2 tortillas that are just saturated with oil. Don’t beat yourself up.)
In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of oil, swirling pan to coat (add more oil if needed). Once oil is heated, crack four eggs into pan. Cook over medium-high heat until whites are set and yolks are runny.
While eggs are cooking, combine salsa and hot sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until heated through.
To plate, top one tortilla with one egg and about 1 to 2 tablespoons salsa. Top with another tortilla, another egg and another 1 to 2 tablespoons salsa. Garnish with shredded cheese. Serve immediately.