Monday, June 9, 2008

Frugal Food: Easy Huevos Rancheros

Note: This is a repost of my recipe for Easy Huevos Rancheros. It's part of Frugal Food Week at Frugal Upstate. Please head over more great ways to stretch your budget with eggs.

While this recipe came from Betty Crocker, like all good recipes, I've altered it some. The biggest money saver I found: you don't need to use a bunch of eggs! I used to always make 1 per person. Then one day, I only had 2 eggs. So I made this with 2 eggs. It still tasted great, and not one of us went hungry. I was calculating the cost of this, and my recipe (minus cheese on top and sausage on the side) averages approximately $1.20 to feed 2 adults and 2 kids. Now it's not only for breakfast at our house, but we eat it for dinner too! Please excuse the messy stove in the photo.

I found this recipe in my Betty Crocker index cards in the Food that Goes With You (or something like that) section. It was a perfect and inexpensive breakfast for us. The ingredients travel well, and it is a 2 pan meal. I'd rather be playing in the frog pond with the kids or walking a dog than doing dishes in the trailer.
  • corn tortillas 1-2 per family member
  • can diced tomatos
  • can diced green chiles
  • 4-5 eggs
  • 2 T diced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 T oil

In one pan saute the onion and green pepper in 1 T oil. When onion becomes translucent, add your tomatos and chiles. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Use a spoon to make "holes" in the mixture (you will have the tomato juice in the hole, just clear it of the chunky ingredients). Break an egg into each hole. Allow to cook until egg begins to set, then turn egg. It's ok if the eggs get scrambled, but don't scramble right at the beginning or you get a big mess. Simmer until eggs are cooked through.

While eggs are cooking heat the remaining 2T oil in another pan or on a griddle. Fry each tortilla just a little bit on each side.

When eggs are done spoon egg and tomato mixture on top of tortilla and enjoy! We like to top with shredded cheese and serve hot links on the side.


Mrs. Mordecai said...

That looks yummy! I love to cook with eggs, too.

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Yum Yum!

Thanks for playing along.

Ann Boyd said...

This looks great! I'm totally going to try it.

World's Greatest Mommy said...

Delicious! I'm printing it out!

Mercedes said...

I love huevos rancheros!

jennifer said...

I have got to get Hubby reading Blogs! This is much more for him than me. But I would enjoy EATING the Frugal Fare.

Take Care!


my word verification was zezjzj. that struck me as funny for some reason.

Anonymous said...

I ordered this for breakfast one time travelling in Costa Rica and they had some black beans mixed into the tomato mixture. Very good!

Niki said...

This sounds yummy..I will be trying it soon!