World's best Huevos Rancheros
Independent cuisine tips for the professional at Leisure
Don grew-up in the Southwest and he has made me familiar with all of the variations of
Huevos Rancheros, a tradition of eating eggs and hot chile that dates back for
Huevos Rancheros (literally "ranch eggs") was one of the first real fusion
cuisines, born of the culinary marriage between the Spanish Conquistadors and
the Native Americans. Much of what is labeled "Mexican" food is a
variation of several regional cuisines (i.e. Tex Mex), and the New Mexico fusion
of Indian and Mexican foods are beyond compare.
Huevos Rancheros come on many variations
So, how to we get the best Huevos Rancheros? We either go to famous
restaurants or make them at home, from scratch!
Finding the best Huevos Rancheros
While there are several variations on a theme, real Huevos Ranchero's consist
of a homemade tortilla (usually a flour tortilla), smeared with refried beans,
covered with eggs of your style (I use omelet style), and smothered with read or
green chile and sharp yellow cheddar cheese. (WARNING - Putting salsa on Huevos
Rancheros is a California invention, and it's a serious crime in some areas of
Texas and New Mexico).
In New Mexico there are several restaurants that are world-famous for their
Perea's - Perea's new Mexican Restaurant (505-232-9442,
5801 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM) has, hands-down the world's best Huevos
Rancheros I've ever eaten. The flour tortillas and hand-made, the
refried beans are hand soaked and fried (in bacon grease, I think), and
Perea's red and green chile are beyond compare. Perea's also serves
the best hash browns I've ever tasted. I've known the Perea family for
decades and they have spectacular New Mexican breakfasts and they best Carne
Adovada breakfast on the planet.
Little Anita's - The
Little Anita’s is only in New Mexico,
but has a branch in Denver (303-691-3337). Little Anita's also serves-up amazing Huevos
Rancheros, and they have satellite restaurants across the USA. If you
are ever in Washington DC or Denver, check out "Little Anita's", a bastion
of authentic New Mexico foods. Little Anita's has gone mainstream,
with New Mexico restaurants in Herndon, Vienna, Leesburg and Ashburn
- Monroe's - Monroe's has their own creative take on Huevos Rancheros, wonderfully hot,
with some of the best red chile in the world. You can call
Monroe's Chile (505-881-4224 or
505-242-1111) or e-mail
arrange to have their world-class red and green chile delivered anywhere in
the world! I order it by the case, and I can personally attest to it's
Monroe's Red Chile
||Monroe's Green Chile
Our son Andrew Burleson like his Huevos
Rancheros with half-red and half-green chile, a delicacy he called "Christmas
Huevos" because of the festive holiday color.
Also, note that the jarred red or green chile
can be cooked with a smoked pork shoulder and posole for a traditional New
Mexico holiday stew
Fresh roasted green chile
Green chile can be poured over roast beef burritos
Now that I've enticed you, let's see how to make
amazing Huevos Ranchero's anywhere in the world!
Making the World's best Huevos Rancheros
It's not hard to make world-class Huevos Rancheros at home, provided that you
order the right ingredients:
Chile - Chile (not Chili) is those wonderful peppers grown only in the
field's surrounding Hatch New Mexico. In late summer, you can buy the
fresh green chile in 50 lb. bags at any New Mexico Supermarket, and they roast
then on-site, with the wonderful smell of roasted chile in the air. The
fresh Green Chile's are hard to transport, but the second best option for
world's best Huevos Rancheros is the jar version sold at Monroe's. Not too
hot and full of flavor, New Mexico chile is the best in the world.
Refries - Most folks like real homemade pinto beans with their
Huevos Rancheros, but they don't like the work. The pintos must be
soaked and cooked with smoked ham hocks for that original smoky flavor.
If you not inclined to do the beans from scratch, canned refried
beans are acceptable, but you need a drizzle of bacon grease to give then that
homemade smoky flavor.
Homemade tortillas - Making your own flour tortillas is not
difficult, just use lard, flour. Se here for flour tortilla
Eggs - Some folks like their Huevos scrambled, others sunny-side
up, but I prefer cooking them omelet style, frying the eggs in bacon
grease until they are crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.
Monroe's mails chile worldwide (505-881-4224)
Janet Burleson's worlds best Huevos Rancheros Recipe
Using the ingredients described above, just follow these simple steps to a
great Huevos Rancheros breakfast:
Start with the flour tortilla. If you are using dry (store bought
flour tortillas), sprinkle then with water and microware for 15 seconds
to restore their natural moisture.
Cook your eggs to taste. Cook eggs in an extra hot skillet to get
a crispy texture, so they don't become soggy when covered with chile
Place the tortilla on a platter and spread with fresh pinto beans (or
refries). If you use canned refries, it's important to add water
to restore their natural "thick soup" consistency.
Add eggs over the tortilla and beans.
Drizzle with red or green chile and top with a sharp aged yellow cheese.
Microwave for 100 seconds (one minute, 40 seconds) until the cheese is
melted and wonderful.
The world's best Huevos Rancheros - anywhere in the world!
Flour Tortilla recipe
2 tsp. baking
1 tsp. salt
4-6 Tbsp. lard
1 1/4 cups warm
Mix all of the dry
ingredients in a large bowl.
Add lard and mix-in with both
Add warm water slowly until
your dough is soft.
Knead the dough for a few
Pull dough into a dozen
Roll out your balls with a
rolling pin to 1/8 inch think. The thickness is important because
you want the tortilla to be crispy on the outside a gooey on the inside.
Lay the raw tortilla in a
very hot skillet for just a few seconds until you have a nice brown-tone
spots form on the surface.