Huevos rancheros recipe

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Huevos rancheros has made its way northward from Mexico, becoming common on breakfast menus around the United States. To make this crowd-pleasing but involved dish of fried eggs, cheese, and tomato chile sauce manageable for a group, we roasted the sauce components to brown the vegetables and replicate the char from a cast-iron skillet. We then transferred everything to a casserole dish and nestled the eggs into the sauce so we could cook eight eggs at once. Moving this spicy dish of eggs and charred chiles to the oven gave us a perfectly timed meal that’s not just for breakfast. Use a heavyweight rimmed baking sheet; flimsy sheets will warp. Our winning sheet pan is Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet. Serve with refried beans and hot sauce.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes


  • 2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped canned green chiles
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces pepper Jack cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, and diced
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • ⅓ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
How to Make It
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain tomatoes in fine-mesh strainer set over bowl, pressing with rubber spatula to extract as much juice as possible. Reserve 1¾ cups tomato juice and discard remainder. Whisk sugar and lime juice into reserved tomato juice and set aside.
  2. In separate bowl, combine onion, chiles, oil, chili powder, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and drained tomatoes. Transfer tomato mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread in even layer to edges of sheet. Roast until charred in spots, 35 to 40 minutes, stirring and redistributing into even layer halfway through baking. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  3. Transfer roasted tomato mixture to 13 by 9-inch baking dish and stir in tomato juice mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then spread into even layer. Sprinkle pepper Jack over tomato mixture. Using spoon, hollow out 8 holes in tomato mixture in 2 rows. Crack 1 egg into each hole. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake until whites are just beginning to set but still have some movement when dish is shaken, 13 to 16 minutes. Transfer dish to wire rack, tent with aluminum foil, and let sit for 5 minutes. Spoon avocado over top, then sprinkle with scallions and cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas.

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