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Photo of huevos rancheros verdes: fried eggs on top of corn tortillas with refried beans, cilantro, queso fresco, bacon, avocado, and green salsa.

huevos rancheros verdes

Having spent most of my life in the western United States, I’ve found that one of the hardest parts about transitioning to life on the East Coast is the rarity of authentic Mexican food. I could stand the traffic, the humidity, and the cramped living space a lot better if I had some al pastor tacos by my side.

My love for Mexican food truly cannot be quantified; I can eat it morning, noon, and night. However, while I may want to eat carne asada burritos for breakfast, past experiences have taught me that that is not always the best idea. Luckily there’s Mexican food that’s actually meant for breakfast… and I’m not just talking about breakfast burritos (which are also delicious).

Traditionally, huevos rancheros are topped with a tomato-chili sauce. I was making this batch of huevos rancheros, however, and I messed up my red sauce. I threw it out, and decided to use some salsa verde that I had on hand. Turns out, the tart tomatillo taste pairs perfectly with the runny yolk, the fresh cilantro, and creamy avocado. I highly recommend this combo to help you assuage your Mexican food cravings.


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Serves: 4
  • 1 batch salsa verde
  • 1 can (or bag) refried black beans
  • 8 eggs
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into bite-sized bits
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced
  • 1 package queso fresco (approx. 10 oz.)
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Salt & pepper
  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and place on paper towels; leave the grease in the pan.
  2. Fry eggs 2 at a time in the bacon grease. Your choice - cook them sunny side up or over easy - both are delicious! Don't forget to salt & pepper.
  3. Once eggs are done, remove all of the bacon grease from the pan besides 1 tsp. Use the pan to warm the salsa verde. Warm the beans in a separate pot.
  4. Warm the tortillas, then arrange 3 on each plate. Spread the beans over each of the tortillas, then place 2 eggs on top. Pour a generous amount of salsa verde over the top, then sprinkle with queso fresco, cilantro, and bacon bits. Add sliced avocado, and you're done!


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