On Sunday, I woke up and wanted a good hearty breakfast. BUT…I wanted something different than I normally make. No muffins, no pancakes, no waffles. I wanted something that challenged me in the kitchen and brought some versatility to our somewhat boring breakfast rotation. The first thing I thought about was huevos rancheros. It’s filling, it’s different, and it’s delicious. I couldn’t wait to make it. Now the challenge was…HOW?
I started scouring the web for various recipes. It seemed like every recipe was different. One called for you to make your own salsa (which I didn’t feel like making), most had barely cooked eggs (I like mine medium-well), and most importantly, all of them had no meat! What the heck? I needed some meat. What better to go with a Mexican breakfast dish than chorizo? I experimented and it was amazing. Here’s my creation:
1 15oz can black beans
½ c water
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp pepper, divided
1 tsp hot Mexican chili powder (or regular chili powder), divided
1 tsp garlic powder, divided
1 tsp cumin, divided
1 tsp olive oil
16oz ground chorizo
½ c diced onion
1 jalepeno, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6-7 canned whole peeled tomatoes, seeds removed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 corn tortillas
4 large eggs
¼ c crumbled queso fresco
chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
Drain and rinse black beans. Add black beans and ½ c water to a small pot at medium heat. Add half of the salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. Stir and bring to a boil. Once heated, use a fork to mash some of the beans and reduce heat to low until ready to use.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown ground chorizo. Add jalepeno, garlic, and onion about half way through cooking. Once chorizo is browned, crush tomatoes into the chorizo mixture using your hands. Add remaining salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. Bring to a boil and then simmer until ready to use.
Note: I grabbed fresh chorizo from the grocery store packaged meat section. Hopefully you can find it at a grocery store near you. Remove the skin, add it to the pan, and brown it.
Coat a cast iron skillet in vegetable oil. Heat 2 tortillas until browned on both sides. Break one egg over each tortilla. Carefully flip tortilla to cook egg to desired doneness. Flip tortillas and eggs back over and cook a couple of minutes. Repeat with remaining tortillas and eggs.
Tip: Cooking method for eggs may vary depending on how well you want your eggs cooked. If you want them sunny-side up, then you can fry them in a separate pan and just place them on top of the tortillas. Cooking them on top of the tortillas works well for medium or medium-well eggs.
Place tortillas and eggs on a plate, top with black beans, chorizo mixture, and queso fresco. You can also garnish with green onion and/or chopped cilantro.
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