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Huevos Rancheros- A Mexican breakfast fit for a king… and me

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Hi my name is Matt, and I’m a cookbookaholic. It has been exactly 1 hour and 47 minutes since I purchased my last cookbook… it’s my addiction. There’s something wonderfully inspiring about cookbooks, maybe it’s the beautiful food photography, maybe it’s the variety of recipes and the stories behind them or perhaps it’s a combination of both. Then again, I could just be crazy. Anyway moving on, one of the more recent additions to the cookbook family was Anna Gare’s new book ‘Eat In: The best food is made at home‘. Everybody loves to go and eat at restaurants, but lets face it most of us can’t afford to eat out every night (I know we can’t!). Not only will this send us broke, but we will never know what goes into our food. The premise behind the book is that the best food is made at home (obviously depends on who cooks 😉 ). In typical Anna Gare fashion, this book is a party for your eyes, filled with bright vibrant colours, amazing pictures and the recipes are really easy to follow. The methods all begin with a verb, so you can’t go too wrong.

The chapters throughout the book include, ‘Good Morning’, ‘Lovely Lunches’, ‘Feeding Family and Friends’, ‘Salads’, ‘Sweet Things’ and of course ‘What’s for Dinner Mum?’. Anna also provides plenty of hints, tricks and insider secrets to help with the shopping and meal planning. All the advice is down to earth and anyone can follow. Anyone who struggles to find inspiration for the midweek meals,  finds it hard to put enough veggies on the plate or just has issues with cooking in general, should buy this book. As for the more experienced cooks, buy this book too, as there are some great recipes!

Below is a recipe inspired by Anna’s recipe for Huevos Rancheros, of course with a few alterations here and there as I generally use recipes as a guide rather than the law (crazy I know). For those playing at home thinking what on earth is Huevos Rancheros, basically it’s a breakfast taco cross pizza and it will blow your mind… literally…if you over do the chilli 😀

Huevos Rancheros

Serves 4, ready in 40 minutes
Huevos Rancheros
What you’ll need:
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced (I used a red onion)
  • 80g bacon diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and sliced (add more if you like it hot)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco sauce (if you wish)
  • 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tin of mixed beans of your choice
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 avocado, stone removed, diced
  • small bunch coriander roughly chopped
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • 4 tortillas (large or small up to you)
  • 100 grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs
Now what?
  1. Preheat your oven to 180’c
  2. Add the oil to a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, bacon, jalapeño, garlic, paprika, cumin and tabasco. Cook for a couple of minutes until the onions are soft but not too coloured.
  3. Add in the 4 roughly chopped tomatoes and water, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Once 10 minutes has pasted, add the beans, mix well and simmer for another 10 minutes. (give it a stir ever now and then… and no I don’t mean calling it names!)
  5. To make your salsa combine the diced tomato, avocado, and coriander into a bowl, mix well then add the lime juice and season with salt.
  6. Once your beans are ready, place the tortillas on a baking tray, add some grated cheese to each one and then add the bean mixture leaving a well in the middle for your egg.
  7. Place the tortillas in the oven (without the egg) and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, crack your egg into the middle of the tortillas and place back into the oven cooking for another 10 minutes.
  9. Once the eggs are cooked to your liking remove from the oven and top with the salsa.
  10. Serve and enjoy (it’s never too early for a beer so feel free to serve with a nice cold Pacifico beer or corona… alternatively just be normal and drink coffee! 🙂 )


Congratulations! You made it all the way through 🙂 Thank you for procrastinating what ever it is you should have been doing to read this post. Have a wonderful weekend.


  1. laurasmess says:
    I adore huevos rancheros. I usually cook mine in a little tapas dish in the oven but I love the idea of serving it as a pizza, baked on a tortilla. Yum. The only thing that could make this better would be some broccoli. Just saying.
  2. Ha, ha...yes procrastinating...I should be hanging up the laundry :) looks like a great recipe really for any time of day! Thanks for sharing!
  3. Nice work Matt. Did I see you at cookbookaholics anonymous on Tuesday??
  4. Saskia (1=2) says:
    One of my favourite brekkies! LOVE the idea of baking it on a tortilla. Lovely photos too - that riot of colour looks fab on a blue plate.
  5. Sofia says:
    What a breakfast, wow! If only I had time to make things like that in the morning!
  6. […] … Relax, I’m talking about the end of the year. You didn’t think it would be that easy to get rid of me did you? In exactly 37 hours and 39 minutes, 2014 will hit, for most it will probably hit with a pounding headache, seedy stomach and a lack of sleep. For the more responsible people out there, well they will be the ones making breakfast for the not so responsible, I’d defiantly recommend the Huevos Rancheros. […]

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