That Hometown Taste: A personal twist on huevos rancheros

Crystal Apilado/Winters Express The huevos rancheros from El Pueblo’s breakfast menu: it was delicious, and both of our plates were swooped clean of any sign of food with our additional tortillas. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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My husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary on Monday. Although he has a week-long vacation, I had a press prep day to handle. He was going to make dinner for the family so I decided I was going to make us a nice breakfast.

With a need to be mindful of time, I decided to cook smarter, not harder, and I went to El Pueblo Meat Market & Taqueria/Deli for an assist. El Pueblo is one of my favorite places to go to “cook smarter” for my family. Its deli counter has a variety of meat cuts, marinated fajita meat and more. I regularly partake in bringing home containers of their rice and refried beans when I do not feel like making them myself. (Good homemade beans take time to simmer and season.)

For our breakfast, I ordered the huevos rancheros to go from El Pueblo’s breakfast menu. While not traditionally how I make fried eggs, I appreciate how El Pueblo t was easy serving on my part.

The flavors from the stove-top grilled onions and peppers speak for themselves. The caramelized onion and spicy jalapeño pair well with the natural sweetness of the chopped tomatoes. The scrambled eggs are fluffy and light, not dense.

At home, I cooked up my own ranchero salsa to serve on top. I like my huevos rancheros with a thick sauce on top, and I always add extra garlic cloves to my salsa. I chopped red onion and garlic and sauteed them in avocado oil. I added crushed tomatoes and a combination of chile de árbol and guajillo chilis. I let it simmer long enough to combine in the pan and seasoned the salsa with salt and pepper.

In my opinion, huevos rancheros is a hearty meal and El Pueblo does not disappoint in the options served with the meal. I ordered corn tortillas alongside the potatoes and refried beans on the side.

I layered the salsa on the tortillas before placing the scrambled egg mix on top. Next, I added the potatoes and beans to both plates and then topped the eggs with more salsa.

It was delicious, and both of our plates were swooped clean of any sign of food with our additional tortillas. I have some extra salsa left over and — if my husband doesn’t get to it before I do — I’ll be placing another huevos rancheros order to go in the near future.

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