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New Mexico Huevos Rancheros

May 4, 2018

New Mexico Huevos Rancheros are perfect for a weekend or special occasion (can you say Cinco de Mayo) breakfast, brunch or lunch. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not the most ordered Sunday breakfast item here in the land of enchantment. Fancy without the fuss, they are really more about assembly than anything else.

For each serving you will need a flour or corn tortilla, I prefer flour, an egg or two, cheese and Flo’s New Mexico Green Chile Salsa. You can always add some refried beans or potatoes on the side but the Huevos Rancheros by themselves are a filling meal. The whole thing takes as long as cooking a couple of eggs and another minute to melt the cheese and heat the sauce through in the microwave or under the broiler.

Let’s get started. Cook your eggs until they are just a bit underdone. The yolks are still yellow and a bit of the whites are still clear. This is if you prefer the yolks a bit soft and runny. I have never been able to flip eggs without breaking the yolks, so this is how my dad taught me to make over easy eggs without the over. Start the eggs in a non-stick or cast iron pan on medium low heat. Once most of the whites are white, add a couple of tablespoons of water and cover. Turn down the heat. Cook them for just another minute or two. When you just start to see the yolks get cloudy take them off the heat. This will give you an over easy egg.


For Huevos Rancheros, you need to under cook them a bit because you are going to cook them the rest of the way in the microwave or under the broiler. Make sense? So place you slightly undercooked eggs, on top of a tortilla. Add the salsa, and then the cheese.



Now just melt the cheese and heat everything through by microwaving about one minute, or slip everything under the broiler for a minute or so. That’s it.

Cooking for a crowd? Place your tortillas on baking sheets. Top with the eggs, salsa and cheese and place them under the broiler for just long enough to melt the cheese. Use a spatula to place the New Mexico Huevos Rancheros on a plate. Serve nice and hot with sides of papas fritas ( I have to get that recipe for Potatoes Louis done) and/or refried beans.

Of course fire roasted, fresh green chile is best but frozen is a really good trade off for the convenience. An amazing amount of stores now carry frozen New Mexico Green Chile. The taste is light years better than canned.  If you are in the military, the Commissary will order it for you if they don’t already carry it. You can also get frozen green chile through If you order through Amazon using the above link, I will earn a small commission. It is at no extra cost to you but it will help keep this blog up and running and food in the fridge.


Yield: 1 person

New Mexico Huevos Rancheros

New Mexico Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros New Mexico style. Featuring green chile salsa.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 1 to 2 eggs
  • 1 tortilla, flour or corn
  • Flo's Green Chile Salsa , amount to your taste
  • shredded Cheddar, Monterey Jack or other mix, amount to your taste


  1. Heat a lightly oiled non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium low heat. 
  2. Add eggs and cook until just underdone. The yolks should still be yellow and the whites just a bit clear towards the middle.
  3. Place a tortilla on a microwave, heat proof plate. Top with egg, green chile salsa and cheese in the amount to your preference
  4. Place plate in microwave for 1 minute or long enough to melt the cheese and heat the tortilla and salsa. Alternatively you can heat everything through under the broiler.
  5. If you are serving a crowd, place tortillas on sheet pan, top with eggs, salsa and cheese. Heat through in the oven on the broiler setting just long enough to melt the cheese. Then place on individual plates to serve. 


See recipe for Flo's Green Chile Salsa here

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  • Sara September 26, 2018 at 9:39 am

    These aren’t the huevos rancheros I grew up with- these look ten times better! Husband is going to be so thrilled to get these for breakfast one unsuspecting Saturday morning!

    • September 26, 2018 at 11:02 am

      These are what you would get in New Mexico. ?

      • Sara January 2, 2019 at 8:21 am

        5 stars
        We made these yesterday morning in the cast iron skillet- we didn’t have any tortillas (and I was too tired to make them) so the skillet went directly from stovetop to oven and everyone had seconds! Husband has requested these to be a weekly breakfast staple (but with tortillas next time, lol)!

        • January 2, 2019 at 8:25 am

          Yes, some fresh ones from Kroger! Wonderful idea to make them in a cast iron skillet.

      • kyle lee January 8, 2020 at 4:25 am

        use actual new mexican green chile i suggest young guns hot or medium hot and add pinto beans cooked in a pressure cooker with ham or bacon in a pressure cooker then heated again when the lid is off to thicken the sauce

        • January 8, 2020 at 6:26 am

          I like the idea of pinto beans thickened in this manner. I don’t use a pressure cooker much though. I need to give this a try.

  • Laurie May 27, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is very tasty, and it’s easy to put together. I hadn’t had a dish like this for breakfast before, but I can see it as a staple in my house.

  • Ingrid May 10, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for the tips on cooking eggs over easy without flipping them. My husband is going to love you!

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