Mother’s Day is about a week and a half away. Unless you’ve already made reservations for brunch at a Houston-area restaurant, you will likely find yourself waiting for a while to get a table on May 8, but you can avoid this scenario with some preplanning now. Instead of reserving a table, make Mom a meal that she will be certain to remember. Just don’t forget to clean up the kitchen after cooking. Part of your Mother’s Day gift this year should not be a pile of dirty dishes in the sink for your mom to wash.
Considering Houston’s Latino heritage, you probably have already heard about huevos rancheros. It’s a Mexican dish that translates to rancher’s eggs and is a common dish at many area restaurants, but you don’t have to go out to treat Mom to this dish. It’s likely you already have the base components of this dish in your kitchen, but variations abound. This simple recipe has steps that are easy enough for any member of the family to help with. A child could help with cracking the eggs or stacking the tortillas to be warmed in the microwave. Older children or teens could even prepare their own homemade salsa to go with this recipe, but remember to taste the salsa before adding it to the dish as young ones often do not recognize when there is too much or too little spice for an adult palate.
Find other ways to prepare huevos rancheros in the links below the recipe.
- Corn tortillas (1 per person)
- 1 tbsp. cooking oil
- Eggs (1 per person)
- Salsa or ranchero sauce (1/4-1/2 cup per person)
- Warm the corn tortillas in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes either in a tortilla warmer or on a plate with a second plate inverted on top. Alternatively, fry the tortillas in a skillet in 1 tbsp. cooking oil until the desired softness or crispness level is reached.
- Heat the cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Fry the eggs in a skillet on one side only to the desired level of doneness.
- Warm the salsa in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Assemble the dish by placing a warmed tortilla on a plate, topping it with a sunny side up egg and adding sauce over the entire thing. (The warmed sauce will help to finish cooking the top side of the egg.)
Variations on Huevos Rancheros
- Huevos rancheros with black beans and feta from Sunny Anderson of Food Network
- Huevos rancheros with chipotle chiles in adobo sauce from Epicurious.com
- Huevos rancheros with flour tortillas and scrambled eggs from Martha Stewart
- Huevos rancheros with green salsa from Eating Well
- Huevos rancheros with refried beans and cheese from Emeril Lagasse from Food Network
- Ranch-style eggs with chorizo and tomato red chile sauce from Bobby Flay of Food Network