Huevos Rancheros

Ok – disclaimer time.  This picture DOES NOT do this meal justice and I am still a budding photographer so if you add those 2 together you get this photo – not so appetizing.  I will say though, that it tasted phenomenal and was worth the time and effort.  There’s homemade corn tortillas on the bottom, thanks to my Assisticant, delicious pinto’s that were slow cooked with tomatoes, garlic and spices, a layer of decadent scrambled eggs, slow simmered tomato sauce and topped off with crispy bacon, cheese, avocado and cilantro.  It was perfect and ever so filling.  After our Thanksgiving feast, I’m having a hard time being inspired to cook…especially when my body is saying FAST!  Time to dust off the treadmill, I think.

This is a huge pot of pintos that I soaked overnight and then changed out the water in the AM and added salt, pepper and a bay leaf and let them cook for about 1 1/2 hours. on medium- low.  

Bacon – glorious bacon.  How do I love thee.  I won’t count the ways, this blog would be far too long if I did.  
Ranchero sauce.  This is onions that I sweated in bacon fat with minced jalapenos then added canned crushed tomatoes and chicken stock and simmered for an hour.


Did I mention it tasted great?

Cooked pintos get a dose of cumin, chili powder, salt and some crushed tomatoes and are cooked in about 2 cups of water.
Look at these beauties!  Did I mention that my Assisticant made these?  Oh yes she did!  12 years old and she’s already becoming a foodie rockstar in her Mom’s eyes!  Homemade tortillas are one of the easiest things to make.  2 cups of Masa, 1 1/4 cups water and 1/4 tsp salt, mix together into a ball, divide into 16 pieces and roll to make balls.  Press flat between plastic wrap with a tortilla press or a rolling pin and then toast in a skillet over medium-high.  Try not to eat them before it’s time.  I dare you!

You can buy a tortilla press through Amazon or at your local World Market.  They are pretty inexpensive and super easy to use.  Once you taste one of these soft babies, it’s hard to go back to the rubbery store bought ones.  But – you know I don’t judge, I’m only here to inspire, so if you want to use the store bought ones, I promise not to heckle you.  Enjoy!

Huevos Rancheros
{Printable Recipe}

8-10 corn tortillas (fresh or store bought)
3 c pintos or black beans, cooked to your liking
12 eggs, scrambled
3 c ranchero sauce
6 slices bacon, chopped and browned (drain on papertowels)
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Avocado, chopped
Cilantro to taste

Assemble all of the ingredients on your plate and enjoy!