Huevos Rancheros

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Golden egg yolks mingle with tomatoes, green chiles and cheese over a crispy corn tortilla for breakfast… what can be better! Low fat, naturally gluten-free and vegetarian (perfect for meatless mondays).

With Cinco de Mayo on the Horizon, I thought I would share this easy recipe, that I love to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

My friend Deysi taught me how to make this savory authentic Mexican recipe, and I’m glad she did because it was such a wonderful change from the usual egg dishes and it’s really easy to make. You can also serve this with sliced avocados on the side. Buen Provecho!

Golden egg yolks mingle with tomatoes, green chiles and cheese over a crispy corn tortilla for breakfast... what can be better! Low fat, naturally gluten-free and vegetarian (perfect for meatless mondays).
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Huevos Rancheros

194.5 Cals 12 Protein 14.5 Carbs 10 Fats
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: Mexican
Golden egg yolks mingle with tomatoes, green chiles and cheese over a crispy corn tortilla for breakfast... what can be better! Low fat, naturally gluten-free and vegetarian (perfect for meatless mondays).


  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped green chiles, I used Old El Paso
  • oil spray
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch cumin, optional
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 oz shredded cheese, I used Cabot 50% reduced fat Pepper Jack
  • 2 tsp chopped cilantro
  • olive oil spray, I used my Misto
  • 2 corn tortillas, I used Mission Extra Thin yellow corn


  • Heat oil in a small pan. Add onions and cook one minute, add tomatoes, chilies, cumin, salt and pepper and cook another few minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  • In another medium non-stick pan, lightly spray the tortillas with oil on each side and heat a few minutes on both sides until tortillas gets crispy and pockets or air bubbles start to form inside. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, lightly spray more oil and add eggs, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until sunny-side up or to your liking.
  • To serve, place a tortilla on each plate, top with egg, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and cilantro.


Serving: 1egg, Calories: 194.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 14.5g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 10g, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 1.5g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 5
Keywords: Gluten Free, Under 30 Minutes, Vegetarian Meals


More Latin Egg recipes you may like:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be Weight Watcher friendly)

Huevos Pericos – Skinnytaste
Mexican Baked Eggs with Black Beans, Tomato, Chile and Cilantro – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chorizo and Egg White Breakfast Burrito – Skinnytaste
Huevos a la Mexicano – What’s Cooking Mexico

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  7. I loved this! Delicious, I made it exactly as written! The rest of the family weren’t fans though….Including the Husband, though he at least finished his! The recipe for your Cuban black beans really hit this one out of the park!!!

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  14. Made this for supper tonight and I’ll have it for breakfast in the morning. I cut back on the onions, added more cumin, threw cilantro in with the tomato/onion mixture. I will most likely add some garlic next time. It was tasty, filling, and easy to make. FYI, fry the tortillas first.

  15. How can I substitute green chillies?

  16. I am wondering if it would be gross or an awesome "cheat" to use prepared salsa in lieu of cooking the tomatoes et al. (I like Green Mountain Gringo salsa) The difference would mostly be the vinegar in the salsa. Opinions?

  17. Love this! Also added black beans like the commenter above. Thanks for all your delicious recipes, also waiting with baited breath for the cookbook

  18. Gina when is your cookbook coming out?? I have been following your recipes for years now!! I can't wait!

  19. I made this for dinner last week and my husband loved it so much I am making it again tonight! FINALLY a dinner dish he likes without meat!

  20. That was the pepper jack, I put the block in my mini chopper.

  21. Gina what is the crumbled cheese in the picture? Is it the pepper jack?

  22. This looks great your amazing Gina..You should do a skinny book..I'd buy it in a flash..Janice

  23. Made this for my family tonight as an easy Cinco de Mayo dinner and it was awesome! Thanks for another great recipe!

  24. I'm a vegetarian and love your meatless monday recipes! I also use the old WW points so appreciate that information as well. I'm glad a friend told me about your website!

  25. I have a lot of favourites from this website, but this one easily just took first place. Amazing!

    I had both portions (2 egss/tortillas/sauce), and it was still under 400 calories…yet still managed to leave me incredibly full and satisfied.

    I'll be recommending this to all my friends.

  26. Yummy yum yum 🙂 Katie B @ Minerva Collection – UK Handbags & Jewellery

  27. I have never had this but it seems like a great idea for Cinco de Mayo from

  28. i have always wanted to try huevos rancheros!! need to try this out one morning…or night when i'm in the mood for breakfast for dinner!!

  29. What kind of crumbled cheese is that over the top? I didn't see it in the ingredients list.

  30. Black beans would be a good addition.

  31. TRY IT !!! definitely !!! egg – love, tortillas – love, veggie – huge love oh my !

  32. So. Good. This might be my favorite recipe of yours so far! I served it just as you wrote, with a side of grilled polenta that was topped with some of the tomato mixture, and a little fresh squeezed lime. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  33. Do you think substituting salsa for the tomatoes/onions/chilies would work?

  34. I just tried this recipe but used canned diced tomatoes with chiles since I did not have the fresh tomato or chiles. I used fat free shredded cheddar instead of the pepper jack. I think it turned out quite well. I will definitely make it again.

  35. You have no idea how often I make this (and I don't even like eggs)! My husband has been working nights, and I'm constantly trying to think of meals that can easily jump the breakfast/dinner boarder being that I'm getting home from work when he's waking up. Not only is it my favorite Huevos Rancheros recipe, but it's extremely satisfying be it for dinner or breakfast :o)

  36. This is really great — thanks for sharing. It's been hard to find a Huevos Rancheros recipe that isn't basically:

    "Cook eggs; add salsa"

    My search is over 😉

  37. Just tried this (first time I've had huevos rancheros ever) and it's sooooo good! Only thing I added was a couple splashes of Smoked Chipotle Tabasco on top; I've always been a fan of spice, and that gave it just the punch it needed for me. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. I needed something for a quick late lunch and i was like let me finally get around to making this. Wow! All the juices blended together with such flavor! I added some avocado under the egg for a little something extra. Thanks for posting this 🙂

  39. I made this today with a couple of changes. I had some soy chorizo I needed to use so I cooked it and spread it on the tortilla before topping it with the egg, pepper jack, and purchased salsa. It was so good!

  40. I made this today for Sunday brunch. AMAZING! The only thing different was that I used cabbage instead of lettuce and I used Mexican crumbling cheese instead of jack.

  41. OMG i love you and your great culinary mind!!!

  42. I made this for breakfast! I was worried my husband wouldn't like it b/c he doesn't always go for anything other than scrambled eggs, but he liked it! It was delicious!

    Gina – I bought these wraps from an organic grocer, called Sami's Bakery Millet & Flax Spinach Lavash, which is like a flatbread basically. It's about the same nutrition values as any typical low carb/low fat, but this one has 12 grams of fiber per "wrap" so it's a great option for any wrap recipes! It's very tasty too!

  43. Do you like your Mister? I'd like to get one but read mixed reviews about them clogging, and having to release the pressure by unscrewing the lid off each time. Is it worth it?

  44. I never thought about adding an egg….hmmmmm….still not sure about it but the rest is fabulous.

  45. This was perfect! I had to make a few minor adjustments to work w/ the ingredients I had on hand, but it was amazing!!! Making this again soon!

  46. Made this this morning. So good!!! We will be making this again.

  47. So good. I can't believe its healthy. 🙂 I didn't have chiles so I used jalapenos in adobo sauce.. still very tasty

  48. wheres the beans? lol wow most random comment goes to…..

  49. Just had this for dinner. So good. I love running eggs and I love Mexican. Thanks so much for making my fav dishes WW friendly!

  50. I am always looking for excuses to have eggs outside of breakfast, and this was perfect. I made this two nights ago for dinner – my fiance and I scarfed it! Simple, filling, and most importantly, DELICIOUS!

  51. Sheemy, you cook them with the tomatoes.

  52. Looks amazing but I'm not clear on the recipe.. Where do the green chillies go and what happens to the onions? Thanks!!

  53. This looks soooo good, everything you post looks soooo good! Love your blog!

  54. Oh you have been reading my mind here lately. Just the other day I wanted to make huevos rancheros but opted by making huevos a la Mexicana. Then here you come with such a simple recipe and healthy version of huevos rancheros. I will be making this today for breakfast thank you so much for your wonderful recipes.

  55. I just made this – very easy and YUMMY! most delicious. Thank you!

  56. So happy you all liked it!

    Regan, I guess I got lucky! I'm sure they were imported from the south 🙂

  57. This looks great! We lived in TX for a few years and discovered some wonderful savory breakfast options that I just never knew existed. Thanks for including the 50% Pepper Jack. Dishes like this one are where it shines best, I think.

    (Also, where in the world did you get such a ripe looking tomato this time of year? Looks perfect.)

    Cabot Creamery

  58. I have made this the last 2 mornings for breakfast. Yesterday I made it for my son as well and he loved it. I didn't have any fresh tomatoes so I used some fresh salsa and a smidge of guacomole. Delish!!!

  59. Thanks Denise! Adding sweet potato is interesting, almost like eggs and potatoes!

  60. We order these from a local cafe all the time – instead of the homemade salsa they add a sweet potato mash, sour cream and avacado… it gives it a level of sweetness that goes so well with the eggs and tortilla. It would be a little more in calories but well worth it and gives you a different spin on a great recipe.

    Love this blog btw Gina! You're inspiring me to do my own. Someone at work told me about it and I can't tell you how many people i've recommended it to. Lots.

  61. Yum! I wish someone was serving this to me for breakfast right now! This would also make a great Meatless Monday dinner.

  62. Yummy, my hubby has had me make it twice already

  63. Magda, it only takes a few minutes!

    Eggs for dinner, love it!

  64. Another great recipe Gina. Made this for dinner tonight with a strawberry daiquiri…Awesome!

  65. Oh my, I think that's my favorite breakfast but I'm lazy (especially in the morning) and use store bought salsa.

  66. yum!

  67. Or you could always poach them!

    Thanks Amy, no I don't yet. Sorry!

  68. I am totally in heaven now that I have found your blog! I don't even know where to start…!!! Do you have a cook book published?

  69. Having company this weekend..plan on making this delicious breakfast Sunday morning…Thanks Gina, as always Yummy and healthy!

  70. I love Huevos Rancheros! Can't wait to try your version.

  71. Angie~ Another thing to do when cooking SSU eggs is first cook them in the pan and then when they look almost done and not runny anymore- put a (small) splash of water in the pan and cover -that will help the steam even more and eliminate all sliminess;)

  72. You always take amazing pictures. Love this post!

  73. Lynn, I'm jealous!!

    Raw, I'm happy you found me!

    Morris Family – yes, I had it for lunch and was quite satisfied with one egg.

    Angie – I cover the pan and cook medium-low heat. The steam cooks the top so it's not slimy. I don't like my whites slimy either!

  74. Thanks Gina!!

    Amanda Dixon

  75. Gina, any tips on perfecting the SSU egg? I never attempt them or order then when out because I hate slimy whites, but want to give this a go. How do you get the white cooked without overcooking the bottom?

  76. Love Mexican food, love eggs, and love breakfast.. put all three of themtogether and I am SOLD

  77. This look so good and doubtless delicious

  78. All of that including the egg for only 5 points per serving! I'll definately be making these for my husband and I.

  79. hahaha funny I was craving huevos rancheros but opted for huevos a la mexicana. I will have to now try these sometime this week.

  80. This looks DELICIOUS!

    Your website is a Godsend. I'm one of those people who only uses recipes with pictures included. I've only spent five minutes browsing and am already excited about all of the items I want to make. How had I not found your site before?

    Thank you thank you!

  81. This looks FABULOUS! I have chickens in my backyard with a plethora of fresh eggs in my fridge. I have been looking for a new recipe to use up some of those eggs with. Found one! Thank you!!!

  82. Oops!

  83. YUM! I love mexican style breakfasts. Can't wait to try this one.

    small fyi – the egg is missing from your ingredient list.

  84. Looks delicious; I would love this for breakfast any time! It's one of my favorite things to order in a Mexican restaurant.

  85. yes, pretty please! this looks so good!!!