Below: Learn how to make healthy huevos rancheros, which is a complete breakfast that is full of protein.
Huevos rancheros (literally translated to “rancher’s eggs”) is a classic Mexican breakfast. To find some more breakfast recipes, check out this link.
Aside from being an authentic Mexican dish, this tasty recipe is full of nutrients and good ingredients if you make it in the right way. The traditional form of making huevos rancheros, while still full of protein, can also have higher levels of fat than necessary. However, one of the themes of this website is making our favorite recipes in a healthier way by using better ingredients.
I grew up loving Mexican food, seeing as how I grew up in Mexico. I learned how to make this Mexican breakfast recipe and many other types of Mexican dishes with my abuelita and my mom.
They taught me about their love for cooking and some of my favorite memories growing up are from when my abuelita would teach me recipes and tell me stories at the same time. She always was cooking with a big smile and I always remembers those moments fondly.
Sometimes she would let me choose the ingredients to add, and when I added something that didn’t go well with the recipe, she explained why. Now, I love doing that with my second oldest son as well. He loves cooking and always wants to help in the kitchen. This has helped him to become less of a picky eater and to try new things that he probably wouldn’t have before.
If you are struggling with a picky eater, I recommend having them help you in the kitchen so they can be proud of their own creations and try more food!
What are huevos rancheros?
The basic and traditional recipe for huevos rancheros consists of crispy corn tortillas, topped with refried beans, sunny side up eggs, and salsa roja. You can also add diced breakfast potatoes, ham, and jalapeño peppers for some extra flavor, but that is a matter of personal preference.
This recipe is so popular in Mexico because of how easy it is to make and because of the great flavors it has. It is a typical breakfast that you can find through Mexico and a great way to include extra protein in your diet.
In this recipe today, I am going to show you how to use healthier ingredients so that you can enjoy this recipe even more knowing that it is good for you.
How do you make this huevos rancheros recipe (ranch style eggs)
To make this recipe, you will want to have some fresh salsa, like this salsa roja. You can also use homemade salsa verde if you prefer, but traditionally most people use salsa roja.
You will also need the two organic, farm-raised eggs. We have mentioned before that these types of eggs include less cholesterol than normal eggs and also more omegas 3, vitamin A and E, and 7 times more beta carotene.
In addition to the salsa and eggs, you will need refried black beans that you can make yourself using low-sodium, organic black beans cooked in salt water.
You can also make your own from scratch if you prefer. In my case, it is easier to use the canned beans since we do not eat them very often in our family. If you do, then it might be a good idea to make large batches so you have them ready for other recipes.
To prepare the refried beans, I add them to a blender with some cumin, a couple pieces of cilantro, a small piece of white onion, pepper, and little bit of salt. After they are blended, I boil them for a few minutes and then they are ready for this recipe and others.
Some people have asked me why I don’t use garlic in my recipes. If you have read my other posts, you probably know that I was diagnosed with lupus a couple of years ago. Garlic is a natural, and healthy ingredient, but if you have an autoimmune disease like I do, it isn’t good to use it because it activates the immune system which is the opposite of what people with these types of illnesses should do.
Beans and garbanzos are ingredients that also have been shown to activate the immune system, so people with autoimmune disease should eat them only in moderation.
Another important ingredient you will need for this recipe are crispy tortillas. To make this recipe more healthy, I like to use a different kind of tortilla. In this case, I use grain and gluten free tortillas, which you can buy here or make using this recipe.
This is a great way to make this family favorite in a more healthy manner. To round out the recipe and add even more flavor, I like to add jalapeno slices, pico de gallo, chopped ham, and breakfast potatoes. This is a delicious way to add more nutrients and flavor, but you can stick to the basic recipe as well if yuo prefer.
To make sure this recipe has lower levels of fat, you should use a healthy oil like avocado oil or olive oil when making your eggs, and only use a small amount. While it is still a fried egg, it won’t have as much grease if you only use a little bit of oil. You can also use egg whites only if you want to lower the fat levels even more.
This recipe traditionally has sunny-side-up eggs with runny yolks, but if you prefer your eggs not to be runny, just cook them a little bit longer in the frying pan until they are cooked all the way through.
Check out all of the steps to make this recipe below and let me know how it turns out.
Healthy Huevos Rancheros
- If you are making your own refried beans, add the black beans from the can to a blender with a piece of white onion, a few pieces of cilantro, 1/4 tsp of ground cumin, salt, and pepper to taste. Blend and cook in a small pot over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes and set aside. You can also use beans that are already refried.
- In another skillet, add the olive oil and cook the eggs to your desired level of doneness. Typically, these eggs are made sunny side up. It should take about 2 minutes per side. Set aside.
- In the same pan, heat up the tortillas until slightly crispy and warm and then put them on a plate.
- Spread the refried beans on the tortillas and top with the eggs, salsa roja, and serve with ham and potatoes.
Hi, I’m Charbel!
I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father. A mother to four and wife to a marvelous husband. I am also a Lupus Fighter. I Love to cook. I love inspirational podcasts. I am also lover of all things creative and a fearless DIY-er. A Homebody. A wellness and Relaxation lover. Welcome to The Healing Cookbook! Read more...