Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Eggs paired with zesty salsa and warm corn tortillas create a hearty breakfast, brunch or dinner entrée. Refried beans, avocado, cilantro, green onion and sour cream make up the CIA's interpretation of this dish. To complement the heat of this spicy combination, serve with a side of chilled sliced fruit. The following recipe suggests fried eggs, although you can prepare them scrambled or poached. The rich and creamy texture of the avocado supplies a flawless garnish. This recipe is from The Culinary Institute of America's Cooking at Home with the CIA.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Heat the tortillas by toasting them one at a time in a dry cast-iron skillet or directly over a gas flame until lightly toasted; Place on a baking sheet, spread each tortilla with ¼ cup of refried beans, and cover to keep warm.
  3. Working in batches as needed, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is very hot but not smoking and the foaming has subsided; Crack the eggs directly into the hot butter and reduce the heat to medium-low or low; Fry the eggs, shaking the pan occasionally to keep the eggs from sticking; Season the eggs with salt and pepper; Fry to the desired doneness, about 2 minutes for "sunny-side up," 3 minutes for medium yolks, and 4 minutes for hard yolks; Or, once the whites are just opaque, turn the eggs and cook for 30 seconds more for "over easy," 1 minute more for "over medium," or 2 minutes more for "over hard.".
  4. Top each tortilla with 2 fried eggs and 2 tablespoons of the grated cheese; Slide the tortillas under the broiler to melt the cheese.
  5. Meanwhile, dice the avocado and toss with the lime juice to prevent the avocado from discoloring.
  6. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons salsa and 2 tablespoons sour cream; Divide the avocado among the tortillas; Garnish each tortilla with 1 tablespoon cilantro and 1 tablespoon green onion and serve.
Most Helpful

My first time ever making or eating Huevos Rancheros (I've wanted to for the longest time!) SO glad I've had the pleasure of making these now as they are divine! So much flavour in every bite. This might be my new favourite dinner recipe!

anniesnomsblog March 16, 2016

Great recipe. Rather than individually frying the eggs I scrambled them. I also added abit of (cooked) crumbled sausage. I used homemade refried beans, mixed with 1 Tbsp of salsa. All I had was 10" tortillas so I put filling on 1/2 & after broiling I folded 2nd 1/2 of tortilla over top... it made it easy to hold toppings together while eating. Wonderful flavours, thanks for sharing.

Mustang Sally 54269 November 05, 2009

awesome recipe!! made this for father's day breakfast. i added some bacon strips across the top for pretty presentation! thanks for the keeper!

KPD June 21, 2009