Recipe: Huevos Rancheros – breakfast with a real kick

I’ve been making smashed avocado on toast with chilli and a poached egg for the last 5 weekend breakfasts (hello, photogenic breakfast for Instagram).

I don’t know why, but I find it really satisfying as it’s spicy, rich and doesn’t make me feel so greasy inside like a normal full English.

But apart from that splodge of green, my other non-greasy, non-full Englishy breakfast I love is Huevos Rancheros.

It’s a Mexican kind of dish and there are many variations, with a tortilla on the bottom, with added guacamole and lots of other jazz but what I like about this version is the simplicity of it.

It’s all made in one pan and no faff is involved.

huevos rancheros

If you feel like something very filling and different for your weekend, you must try this. If you have some sourdough even better!

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Serves: 2


  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 fresh chilli, sliced (I’ll leave this up to you how spicy you like it)
  • 100g chorizo (or more if you’re greedy. I usually use a third of those chorizo rings)
  • 4 eggs
  • Some bread for scooping it up

Chop up your chorizo, chilli, onion and garlic. In a medium sized pan, fry all the chopped stuff gently in olive oil for about 4 mins, make sure it doesn’t catch and lower the heat if it does.

Add the tin of chopped tomato and mix it all up. Add a sprinkle of salt and lots of pepper.

Gently shake the pan to spread the tomato all  over so you can’t see the bottom. Let it bubble away for another 5 mins. Then make slight dents into the tomato with the back of a wooden spoon and crack the eggs in it.

The eggs need to sit on top.

Put it under the grill for a further 3-5 mins, until the eggs are cooked to your liking, make sure they’re still runny though.

If you don’t have a grill, you can simply cover your pan, the steam will cook the eggs on top.

Sprinkle some freshly chopped spring onion on top if you like, it gives it a nice fresh crunch.

Eat out of the pan, go on, dip that bread into the egg and watch it ooze…lovely.

Leave out the chorizo to make this vegetarian!



4 thoughts on “Recipe: Huevos Rancheros – breakfast with a real kick

  1. just had it for supper (guilty pleasure, breakfast in the evening) and added some butter beans and peppers to make it more substantial. Delicious!

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