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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos rancheros are a very popular breakfast dish on the Texas-Mexico border. You can scramble the eggs rather than frying them, if you prefer, or top them with sliced black olives or avocados.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 unpeeled large garlic cloves
  • 5 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet onion, such as Texas 1015 or Vidalia, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, stemmed and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs


  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Add the garlic cloves and cook over moderate heat until slightly softened and just beginning to blacken all over, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and onion to the skillet and cook until slightly softened and charred all over, about 7 minutes longer. Peel the garlic and transfer the vegetables to a food processor; add the chipotle and cilantro and pulse until still slightly chunky.
  2. Reheat the skillet. Add the salsa and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and keep warm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large skillet until shimmering. Using tongs, dip both sides of a tortilla into the hot oil and cook just until softened, about 10 seconds; let any excess oil drip back into the pan. Drain on paper towels and set the tortilla on a work surface. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cheese onto each tortilla, then loosely roll them up and arrange side by side in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup of cheese and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the enchiladas are warmed through and the cheese is melted.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick skillet. Fry the eggs sunny-side up for 3 to 4 minutes. Arrange 2 enchiladas on each plate and top with the warm salsa and fried eggs.
Contributed By Photo © Martyn Thompson Published June 1999

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