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Huevos Rancheros Grande

James Carrier
Yield Makes 6 servings
Notes: If desired, stir a can of diced green chilies into the green salsa. Or, instead of salsas, use red and green chili sauces, canned or homemade. Cotija cheese is available in many supermarkets and in Latino grocery stores. You can make the beans up to 3 days ahead; chill airtight. Reheat to use.


  • 12 corn tortillas (7 to 8 in.)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or bacon fat
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Bacon black beans (recipe follows)
  • Canned chunky tomato salsa (see notes), heated
  • Canned green (tomatillo) salsa (see notes), heated
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese (about 6 oz.; optional)
  • 6 tablespoons packed crumbled cotija or feta cheese
  • Sliced avocado (optional)
  • Thinly sliced fresh jalapeño chilies (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • 2 limes, rinsed and cut into wedges
  • Salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 414
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • protein 20 g
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 7.4 g
  • carbohydrate 43 g
  • fiber 7.2 g
  • sodium 664 mg
  • cholesterol 236 mg

How to Make It

  1. Stack tortillas, seal in foil, and heat in a 375° oven until hot, 10 minutes.

  2. In a 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat, melt butter. Break eggs into pan, slightly apart; cover and cook just until whites are almost firm and yolks are still soft, about 3 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, spread 1/2 cup lettuce on each plate. Lay tortillas on lettuce and spoon beans over tortillas. With a wide spatula, transfer an egg to each serving. Spoon tomato salsa around one side of eggs, green around the other side. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, then cotija.

  4. Garnish as desired with avocado, jalapeño chilies, sour cream, and lime wedges; add salt to taste. Enclose remaining tortillas in a linen napkin to keep warm, and serve alongside.

  5. Bacon black beans: In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, stir 4 oz. chopped bacon (4 slices) until crisp and brown, 5 to 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Spoon all but 2 tablespoons fat from pan (save for huevos, preceding, if desired, or discard) and add 2 minced or pressed garlic cloves and 1 cup chopped onion. Stir often over high heat until onion is limp, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse and drain 2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans; add to pan along with 1 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth. Stir often until most of the liquid is evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir bacon into beans. If beans have gotten too dry, thin with a little more broth.