Smokey Huevos Rancheros
Eat Well Aug. 27. 2019

Smokey Huevos Rancheros

Aug. 27. 2019
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

These Smokey Huevos Rancheros are super quick and easy and deliciously smoky.

It’s no secret at this point and we love eggs here at Nutrition Stripped. It is a little less known fact that I am a big fan of breakfast for dinner, so when the end of the week rolled around and we had eaten all of our prepped meals for the week, I could think of only one dinner option that would do the trick. Huevos Rancheros!

I have been making Huevos Rancheros since my college days for many reasons. They are super easy to make, packed with healthy fats and protein, and perfect for batch-cooking. Just make a big pot of The Easiest Black Beans and Chipotle-adobo salsa and you’re good to go.

Smokey Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros, or “eggs ranch-style” is the perfect meal for the active working lifestyle. This dish originated in rural Mexico and was a nutritious and flavorful meal that was hearty enough to support sustain the hard-working farmer’s energy through their daily tasks.

As this dish spread beyond Mexico to different parts of the world, many different variations appeared, using lettuce or cheese, and in some cases meats and other proteins.

However, you choose to enjoy Huevos Rancheros, we know you will appreciate his hearty meal as much as we do!

A good salsa has depth

Not much has changed from the original recipe that I used since college, but the biggest improvement was the Chipotle-adobo salsa. It’s a game-changer, for sure! I find myself making it on its own and storing in the fridge to add to wraps, soups, potatoes, the sky is the limit!

This salsa also uses one of my favorite ingredients in cooking, which is chipotle peppers, packed in adobo. It’s a magical ingredient that is spicy and smoky, acidic and chocolaty, all at once.

Magic beans

What’s not to love about legumes? These nutrient-dense, power-packed source of protein are in constant rotation in our home.

I love to make a big batch, pack some in the freezer and keep the rest in the fridge to munch on throughout the week. Even if you don’t feel like putting the time in to cook your own, canned beans are just as good and come in a world of variations for any occasion.


The Recipe

Serves 4-6



Up to 12 tortillas (2 per serving)

Up to 12 eggs (2 per serving)

14oz black beans, store-bought or homemade

14 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 poblano pepper, stem, and seeds removed and diced

1 chipotle chili, packed in adobo

1 small yellow onion

2 cloves garlic, diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Serve with lime, sliced avocado, and fresh cilantro


Step 1

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and poblano pepper and cook until tender and onions are translucent and begin to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes.

Add garlic and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Step 2

Add onion mixture into a Vitamix blender, add crushed tomatoes and chipotle chili and blend until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Step 3

Drain and rinse black beans, (if using canned) and cook over medium-high heat with a splash of lime juice until hot and tender. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Warm tortillas in a dry skillet or in the oven until lightly crispy and browned.

Step 4

For assembly, place 2 tortillas on a plate, top with desired amount chipotle-adobo salsa, beans and 2 fried eggs on top. Serve with lime wedges, avocado, and fresh cilantro.


Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop. Store chipotle-adobo salsa and beans for up to a month in the freezer, or in the fridge for one week. Reheat upon serving.

Can’t wait to see you try it!

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