Huevos Rancheros Recipe

This huevos rancheros recipe makes a very hearty and delicious breakfast!

So today is day 1 of the No Sugar Challenge. And to start it off right, I thought a good breakfast was in order!

A plate of huevos rancheros sits on a table, ready to enjoy. It's layered with the tortillas first, then the beans and then the eggs on top with a bit of green garnish.

I did a bit of research for this recipe and found that huevos rancheros is a very personal and individual thing in the homes of people who make it regularly. It can often be a family tradition that gets handed down generation after generation. And that specific way in which it is made will change from family to family.

There are great lengths that somebody can go to to make this dish. It can take hours or mere minutes behind the stove depending on tradition. But if you’ve never made it before or it’s not a familial tradition, this leaves you open to a very large variety of different versions you can try.

I will admit, I took the easy way out. I used store bought tortillas (clean, of course, from Trader Joe’s), non-fat, clean, refried beans, jarred salsa and I baked my eggs in a muffin tin.

Now, if you and your family are huevos rancheros traditionalists, you may have just had a heart attack reading that last paragraph. But the truth is, this was simple, quick and downright tasty. Who can argue with that?

Note: For a more “traditional” recipe, you can make the tortillasrefried beanssalsa and then just fry or poach your eggs. It will take longer, but I’d be willing to bet it’s awesome!


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A plate of huevos rancheros sits on a table, ready to enjoy. It's layered with the tortillas first, then the beans and then the eggs on top with a bit of green garnish.

Huevos Rancheros Recipe

A hearty, delicious breakfast that will keep you full until lunch!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 142kcal


  • 2 standard corn tortillas
  • ½ cup refried beans (whole beans work too, but refried are better)
  • 2 large eggs (cooked your favorite way)
  • ½ cup salsa (homemade is most often used, but I used the jarred stuff and it was good)
  • fresh cilantro (for garnish - optional)


  • Warm the tortillas. I typically do this on the stove burner over low to medium heat. But you can also do it in the microwave if you wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel first.
  • Warm the beans and cook your eggs to your liking.
  • Assemble the huevos rancheros.
  • 1.Tortilla, 2. beans, 3. eggs, 4. salsa, 5. cilantro.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Mmm…pretty much anything with eggs and tortillas is a hit with me! This looks like a delicious way to start your no-sugar challenge:-).

    1. Anonymous says:

      Sarah – Definitely!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been trying to make breakfast more often and I think this one is a winner! Don’t even have to get up early to get this one done.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Skinnyfatkids – Hope you enjoy it!

  3. What brand of tortillas and salsa do you use? Having a hard time finding a “clean” version of these and don’t have the time to make from scratch.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Beverly – What stores do you have in your area? Any Trader Joe’s?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mikki – Yes! It would be!

  5. Jessdian2 says:

    Love this simple version. Can’t wait to try it. Just out of curiosity, what tortillas from TJs do you like to use? I think sliced avocado would be so good on this .

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jessdian2 – They have a package there that is their own brand. Though I will say that it’s getting tough to find clean tortillas. These are the closest I could find without making my own.

  6. Redcalico says:

    No Trader Joes in my area, so sad I know, do miss them. I am also wondering bout clean tortilla brands. Need a reminder of ingredients that would constitute clean.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Recalico – They are getting harder and harder to find. You have to look for the very few brands that have only corn, lime and water in them. It may take some searching, but they are still out there.

  7. Katrina Burnside says:

    “Now, if you and your family are huevos rancheros traditionalists, you may have just had a heart attack reading that last paragraph.”
    —you crack me up!! lol
    We’re not a huge fan of refried beans. If I used a little lean ground beef and pinto beans, would it still be huevos rancheros? lol

    1. Anonymous says:

      Katrina – Sure! Why not! LOL! I say go for it!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sonya – Fantastic! Let me know how it turns out!

  9. I make this, but with red potatoes instead of tortillas. Yummy!

  10. What would be considered “Clean” refried beans? We’re getting the hang of this “clean eating” business and are really enjoying it, but still learning. I also looked for clean tortillas at Trader Joes on Saturday, but wasn’t really sure what to be looking for.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – If you shop at trader joe’s, pick up the can of refried beans with the blue label. I believe they are labeled fat free. This is one of the rare instances when fat-free does not mean processed. They are just naturally fat free and very clean.

  11. oh..and I’ve never cooked my eggs in a muffin tin…what’s the best way to do that?…Temp, time..etc.☺

  12. Great! Thanks so much!!! Def. looking fwd to trying this out! I’ve got everything except the beans, but will get them this weekend when I hit up TJ!

    Thanks again!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – My pleasure! 🙂

  13. This was delicious! We are following a sugar free and grain free diet right now so I used flax tortilla shells and it was a hit.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kris – Wow. That recipe seems to be out of the Wheat Belly book. I could be wrong, but it’s strikingly similar.

  14. If you heat up the tortilla long enough it eventually becomes crispy like a tostada without the oil and makes it feel more authentic yumm

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Serena – Sounds delicious!