Saturday, June 25, 2011

Huevos Rancheros- Egg with Beans in Tomato Sauce

This used to be a favorite brunch of ours back in the UK. It is filling and relatively healthy and I loved this with potato waffles on the side. However, I haven't had a potato waffle in over 18 months, booo! If you have never had a potato waffle then they are basically mashed potato formed into a waffle lattice shape and deep fried. They are, as the advert says, wafflly versatile and we would often have them with baked beans, embarassingly British, I know. In lieu of potato waffles I used tortillas, much more authentic as I am sure you will agree. There are some gluten free corn tortillas brands around including Mission and Discovery, although a lot of corn tortillas have some wheat flour in, so be sure to check the label.

Huevos Rancheros (serves 2 large portions or 4 small portions)
Vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free
1/2 Red bell pepper, chopped
1 Small onion, finely chopped
1tbs Sunflower oil
430g/15 oz Can kidney or black beans
400g/14oz Can chopped tomatoes
1tsp Cumin seeds
1tsp Gluten free bouillon powder
1tbs Tomato puree/paste
Tabasco sauce
1tbs Fresh cilantro/coriander, roughly chopped
2-4 eggs depending on number of servings, I use 1 egg per person
Freshly ground black pepper
Gluten Free corn tortillas

  • In a large non stick pan with a lid add the sunflower oil, onion, cumin seeds and red pepper and saute for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and boullion powder and stir. Allow to reduce and then add the beans. Add a touch more water if the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the pan. After around 5-10 mins add the fresh cilantro, tabasco and black pepper to taste. 
  • To cook the eggs I like to push some of the tomato sauce from a edge of the pan and crack the egg straight in. My pan is non-stick enough that I don't add any oil but if you prefer you can add a teaspoon of oil into the clearing before the egg is dropped in. Put the lid on the pan and leave for a few minutes until the yolk starts to turn white. Alternatively, you can fry the eggs separately to have greater control.
  • In the meantime heat the tortillas according to the package instructions. I prefer to brush them with oil and heat on a griddle pan or under the broiler/grill. 
  • Serve the eggs and tortillas hot and optionally with guacamole or sliced avacado and pickled jalapenos or even cheese if you can have dairy.

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