Baked Huevos Rancheros


Traditional huevos rancheros are fried eggs served over tortillas and smothered in sauce and cheese. Here, Grace Parisi bakes eggs, tortilla chips and cheese in a seasoned tomato sauce in individual gratin dishes. For more sophisticated eaters, swap pepper Jack for the Monterey Jack to get a spicy kick. Slideshow:  More Recipes Featuring Eggs 

Baked Huevos Rancheros
Photo: © Pernille Pedersen
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, finely diced

  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • One 15-ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 3 cups tortilla chips

  • 8 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack

  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring, until lightly browned, 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and water and simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.

  2. Spoon the sauce into 4 individual, shallow baking dishes and arrange the tortilla chips around the sides. Crack 2 eggs into each dish and sprinkle with the cheese. Set the dishes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still runny. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve right away.

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