Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros

Translated into English as “ranch eggs”, this dish originated as a culinary marriage between the Spanish Conquistadors and the Native Americans. It makes for a very easy, filling, and delicious breakfast or supper dish. Most ingredients would be available in the store cupboard. Add a tin of beans (baked or cannelloni) if you haven’t got the tortillas.

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Serves: 4

Total time: 25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chilli (chopped)
  • 0.5 teaspoons pimento (or paprika)
  • 0.5 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 0.5 teaspoons oregano (dried) (dried or fresh)
  • 1 red pepper (chopped)
  • 400g chopped tomatoes (one can)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 4 tortillas


  • Heat olive oil and add onions, chilli, garlic and herbs and spices.
  • Fry for around 5 minutes on a medium heat until soft.
  • Add tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes or so, reducing the mixture down so that you can make wells for the eggs.
  • If mixture is too reduced, add a drop of water or stock.
  • Create four wells in the mixture and drop and egg in each one.
  • Cover and let the eggs cook for a further 5 mins.
  • Serve with the Tortilla bread (heated in the oven for a few minutes)