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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos rancheros. Photographed by Lauren Volo

Huevos Rancheros

Molly Shuster
Use the best tomatoes you can find and be sure they are ripe. Feel free to make the sauce ahead of time; reheat before serving.
Servings 4


  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes about 2 to 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 serrano chilies
  • ½ white onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Canola oil for frying eggs
  • 8 eggs
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • Sliced chilies to garnish
  • Chopped avocado to garnish
  • Chopped cilantro to garnish
  • Lime wedges for serving


  • Heat broiler. Pack tomatoes, serranos, and onion (cut side up) together on a rimmed baking sheet and broil, 2 to 3 inches away from the heat source, 4 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally, until vegetables are deep brown and charred in places. (The onion and serranos will cook faster than the tomatoes—you may need to remove them separately.)
  • Remove seeds from serranos and discard. Place serranos in the bowl of a food processor with remaining broiled vegetables, pan juices, and garlic. Process until smooth.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add pureed vegetables and cook, stirring, 10 to 12 minutes, until sauce is heated through and reduced slightly. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Keep warm over low heat.
  • Heat tortillas in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, one at a time, until warm and lightly blistered on both sides, about 30 seconds per side. Wrap in a kitchen towel to keep warm.
  • Add canola oil to a large nonstick skillet and warm over medium-high heat. Fry eggs in 2 batches. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Place 2 tortillas on each plate. Spoon some tomato sauce onto each tortilla and top each with a fried egg. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and additional toppings.

Molly Shuster

Molly is a freelance food stylist, writer and recipe developer. She is one of the co-recipe editors of Gather Journal and has had her work published in various publications including Boston Magazine, Yankee Magazine, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Family Fun, The Boston Globe and Edible Vineyard, among others. Molly currently divides her time between New York and Boston.

Photographer Lauren Volo

New York City-based photographer Lauren Volo has been shooting our "One Cheese, Five Ways" feature for over a year—hard job, huh?