I’ve been living in the US for over 20 years and have seen lots of things pass for ‘Mexican’ food. And I’m not talking about Tex-Mex, which I like but it’s clearly a different cuisine. Even in places that are heavily populated by my fellow invaders from the South, the Mexican food has somehow evolved. For example, the giant piles of lettuce, sour cream and cheese on top of everything. Or the humongous so-called quesadillas. Or burritos – where did those come from? And it’s not that I dislike this kind of food, but somehow its not quite the same. One dish which has become particularly corrupted is one of my (and Supercoolwife’s) favorite breakfast treats – Huevos Rancheros. Now this isn’t dish to be messed with, particularly because the alternate meaning of huevos rancheros can be translated as Rancher’s Testicles, and you don’t want to mess with those. Nevertheless, I’ve seen all sorts of crazy stuff called that, some even resembling some type of breakfast burrito, but I’m yet to have some really good huevos rancheros served up this side of the border. Fortunately, they’re easy to make. So invite your amigos and fry some up!
1-2 Chiles (serrano or jalapeño)
Optional: Queso fresco, crumbled
The basic design is as follows: A bed of rice, with a slightly fried tortilla on top, with a fried, runny egg on top of this, covered with the ranchero sauce. First start cooking the rice using your favorite method. To make the sauce stick tomatoes, onion and the chiles in the blender until pureed. Then cook the salsa on low heat for about 10-15 min and add the salt and oregano to taste. The salsa should be on the runny side, so if it is too thick add a little water. Keep it warm on low heat. Put a little oil on a pan, just enough to cover the bottom, maybe a tablespoonful, and wait until it’s hot. Fry each corn tortilla on both sides until moderately crispy and blot on paper towels. DO NOT try this with flour tortillas. Start frying the eggs. Meanwhile take a plate and put some rice in it and flatten it out and put one tortilla on the rice for each egg. When the eggs are ready (ideally somewhat runny) put each egg on it’s tortilla and spoon some sauce on top of the egg. Crumble some queso fresco on top. Serve with a side of black or pinto beans and maybe some slices of avocado.
¡Buen provecho, dudes!