Eat Well May. 10. 2022

Smoky Huevos Rancheros

May. 10. 2022
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

These Smoky Huevos Rancheros are super quick, easy, and deliciously smoky!

While it’s no secret at this point that we love eggs here at Nutrition Stripped, it is a little less known fact that I’m a big fan of breakfast for dinner. Whenever the end of the week rolls around and we’ve eaten all of our prepped meals, Huevos Rancheros is one of my favorite go-to dishes!

I’ve been making Huevos Rancheros since my college days for many reasons. They’re 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 the Chipotle-adobo salsa in this recipe, and you’re good to go!

Huevos Rancheros originated in rural Mexico and was a nutritious and flavorful meal that was hearty enough to support and 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!

Using the Foundational Five to Create These Smoky Huevos Rancheros

In case you’re new to the NS Community and the Mindful Nutrition Method, the Foundational Five system is part of how we teach you to build balanced meals. It makes it easy for you to give your body the nourishment you need while having the flexibility to enjoy the foods you love without stressing about food.

The Foundational Five is made up of five elements of nutrition including Protein, Fat, Non-starchy Carbohydrates, Starchy & Sugary Carbohydrates, and the Flavor Factor (which brings vibrancy, deliciousness, and enjoyment to your meals). 

You can download our free guide that walks you through our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals that you can use to meal prep or cook fresh this week!

Black Bean Nutrition Benefits 

Promotes Optimal Digestion 

Beans and legumes are jam-packed with fiber (both soluble and insoluble), which helps promote healthy GI motility. Additionally, beans are a great source of prebiotics, which help allow those great probiotics to survive and thrive in the digestive tract. 

A Great Source of Energy

Beans are not only a source of protein but also starchy carbohydrates. That means they provide your body with the fast, quick energy it craves, without a huge spike in blood sugar. The protein, as well as the fiber present, help slow down the rate of digestion so you can have sustained, stable energy! 

Ingredients Needed To Make These Smoky Huevos Rancheros

  • Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Black beans, store-bought or homemade
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Poblano pepper
  • Chipotle chili
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin
  •  Salt
  • Pepper

How To Make These Smoky Huevos Rancheros

First, prepare your onion and poblano pepper in a skillet over medium heat with garlic and cumin. Next, blend the cooked vegetables, along with crushed tomatoes, and chipotle chili in your blender.

Cook your canned beans on the stovetop with a splash of lime juice. Lastly, fry up two eggs and assemble your beans, salsa, and eggs on top of two warmed tortillas! 

Tips For Making These Smoky Huevos Rancheros

There’s a tip you should keep in mind that will help you save time when assembling this dish.

Prep Your Ingredients In Advance

Looking to speed up the prep time a bit? You can prepare your beans and salsa ahead of time! Add them to your meal prep for the week, and all you’ll have to do is fry up some eggs when you’re ready to eat. So simple and easy!

FAQ About How To Make These Smoky Huevos Rancheros

What if I don’t eat eggs?

Don’t sweat it! Eggs aren’t for everyone. Try replacing the eggs with your favorite protein of choice – maybe some tempeh or tofu.

Foundational Five Balanced Meal Breakdown

Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Pablano pepper
  • Yellow onion
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Chipotle chile

Starchy and/0r Sugary Carbohydrate

  • Black beans
  • Tortillas


  • Eggs
  • Black beans


  • Olive oil
  • Avocado (optional)

Flavor Factor

  • Lime juice
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Cumin

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.

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