Huevos Rancheros

Email to someonePrint this pageShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+Share on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponShare on Yummly

1st place contest winner: Crispy tortillas covered with refried beans, spicy salsa, and roasted peppers, all topped with a warm yolky egg.                                                 

Huevos RancherosThis week, the Sunday Supper Family is delighted to welcome Davidson’s Safest Choice™ around the family table! As a mostly (wimpy) vegetarian, eggs are a key source of protein for me. For years eggs have been vilified, but more recent studies, and there are quite a few of them now, indicate we may have over-reacted. In fact, many researchers now state that you’re missing out on a powerhouse nutrient source if you shun eggs, and particularly egg yolks.

The problem of course was cholesterol and its effect on heart disease. But cholesterol is actually an important component of our cell membranes and influences hormone biology, among other functions. The human body manufactures its own cholesterol and tends to produce less when it’s ingested. As an important note, other health factors, like diabetes, can affect this, so it’s not a given for everyone. But for most people, eggs are a healthy choice and should not result in elevated blood cholesterol levels. Saturated fat, on the other hand, still appears to be a contributor to heart disease risk across the board. And egg yolks are low in saturated fat.

Let’s look at the benefits of eating eggs:

–       Egg yolks are an outstanding low-calorie source of protein that, because of its amino acid mix, is highly bioavailable to support bone health and muscle mass.

–       The yolks are packed with vitamins and nutrients like choline for brain development and function, Vitamin D for bones, and other nutrients to support the nervous system and reduce eye diseases like Macular Degeneration and Cataracts.

What’s interesting is that studies indicate that some of this powerhouse nutritional value is lost once you cook the yolk. Essentially once the yolk is broken and exposed to high heat, such as in scrambling eggs, the proteins and fat are damaged. So if you eat a lot of eggs like I do, it’s best to balance scrambled eggs with poached and sunny side up versions where the yolk is exposed to less heat. And to mitigate fears of Salmonella in less cooked or uncooked yolks, Davidson’s are the gold standard for pasteurized eggs.


In fact, most eggs sold in cartons are not pasteurized, and the massive industry recall of 500 million eggs in August 2010 as a result of more than 1900 illnesses from Salmonella, added to consumer fears related to egg safety. So Davidson’s goes the extra mile by pasteurizing their eggs through an all-natural, gentle warm bath process to eliminate the risk of Salmonella without changing the nutrition or flavor package.

Davidson’s Safest Choice eggs are the perfect choice for sunny side up, poached, soft scrambled, omelets, Tiramisu, Caesar salad dressing, Hollandaise sauce, mousse, homemade mayonnaise, homemade ice cream…and licking the spoon when you bake. And their eggs are available cage free raised on Certified Humane farms.

For more information, a store locator guide, and for ongoing product updates and recipes, go to Davidson’s Eggs website and follow them on social media sites. Here are the links:


Store Locator:




As for me, I love Huevos Rancheros for a healthy, satisfying dinner. So without further introduction, here’s my favorite recipe.


Huevos Rancheros
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8 huevos rancheros
Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Anaheim chile, coarsely chopped including seeds
  • 1 white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ avocados
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • ¾ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
Refried Pinto Beans
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced white onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans
  • ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes + ¼ teaspoon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup liquid (either from cooking the beans, water, or vegetable broth) + ¼ c
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
Final Dish
  • 16 mini-sweet peppers
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 8 tortillas (flour or corn)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 large Davidson's Safest Choice eggs
  • 1½ avocadoes
Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa
  1. Combine all Salsa ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse until you have the consistency you prefer.
Refried Pinto Beans
  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 15 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients except the lime juice and cook until the bean are warmed, about 10 minutes.
  2. Use an immersion blender just enough to start to mash the beans. Alternative you can pour them into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade and pulse approximately 10 times.
  3. Stir in the lime juice and adjust for seasoning.
Final Dish
  1. Halve, lightly oil, and roast the mini peppers under the broiler on a baking sheet until softened and crisped around the edges.
  2. Brush the tortillas with oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Turn the oven from broil to 250˚F and slide the tortillas in to slightly crisp, about 10 minutes.
  3. Spread the tortillas with Refried Pinto Beans, followed by the Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa and roasted mini-peppers.
  4. Fry the eggs in a little butter and place on top of the tortillas and add a couple of slices of avocado on the side.
The Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa, Refried Pinto Beans, and roasted peppers can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for a few days.


Sunday Supper Movement

Now go check out some other Sunday Supper bloggers meals with Davidson’s Safest Choice eggs.


No-Bake Savory Recipes:

No-Bake Sweet Recipes:

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

This post is sponsored by Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs. All opinions are my own.

Email to someonePrint this pageShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+Share on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponShare on Yummly


You like vegetables? Me too! Keep up to date, get exclusive recipes & don't miss a single delicious thing!

Mashed fava beans with mint on crostini for a perfect appetizer - from the Vegetable Butcher cookbook.
Lazy weekend breakfast of baked potato skins stuffed with cheese, avocado and an egg.
No Bake Pie: Margarita Pie with a Pretzel Crust. Great frozen dessert to serve for Cinco de Mayo, and tuck away the leftovers into the freezer to have on hand all summer.
Citrus Ginger Carrots
Cheese Tortellini with Fava Beans and Herbed Ricotta Cheese
Trofie Pasta with Creamy Poblano Sauce
Sgroppino (Italian dessert cocktail) with lemon sorbet, Prosecco, and vodka.
Zabaglione over strawberries
Socca with Greek Salad
Creamy Feta and Asparagus Casserole
Zucchini Quinoa Fritters with Feta
Celery Root Potato Gratin with Horseradish Cream and Barley


  1. says

    Preach it, sister! Eggs are a huge part of my diet, especially because I eat many vegetarian meals. I don’t know what I’d do without them, and I hate to hear nasty things about them 😉 I LOVE huevos rancheros, but I’ve never made a “real” version like this. I have a lazy-man’s version I make in five minutes. It’s quick….but it’s nowhere near as tasty as I’m sure that this would be. I need to try your version, and I may never go back to my old way!

  2. says

    So many interesting facts Susan! Also makes my yolk love even more a reason to keep eating those runny eggs! I’m loving that salsa on top of these Huevos!

  3. says

    Love your version of one of my favorite recipes! The addition of avocado tomatillo salsa sounds awesome! Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

CommentLuv badge