Overcoming self-imposed hurdles

I’ve never made Huevos Rancheros before… somehow, they seemed complicated and more trouble than they were worth. Obviously I never read a recipe for them. I saw a version in Mothering magazine last night, and was slightly startled at how easy it was.

So I got up this morning and whipped up a batch… pretty much from memory and adapting to what I had on hand, here’s what I did:

Pulled out all the ingredients, heated a bit of vegetable oil in the small nonstick pan, threw in a couple tablespoons chopped red onion, started heating four corn tortillas in butter in the larger pan. Opened and drained a can of black beans and another of diced tomatoes, and threw them in with the onions. Also added half a can of chopped green chilies and about a teaspoon of Silva’s taco spice mix (your basic Mexican seasonings), and let that simmer. Pulled the tortillas out of the other pan, and added a bit more butter then four eggs to fry. On the plates, I layered a tortilla, an egg, a scoop of the bean mixture, some grated cheddar, a dollop of sour cream and a garnish of cilantro.

Here’s what resulted:

2006in2006 was quite appreciative! And this is definitely going into the breakfast rotation.

And I’m going to try not to limit myself unnecessarily in the future. We are, indeed, our own worst enemies!



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2 responses to “Overcoming self-imposed hurdles

  1. Anonymous

    WOW those look good!

    You make it sound really quite simple to whip up a batch of these. I’m going to have to give it a try.
    You’re right, so many times our limitations are all of our own making. Thanks for this article, and all the great work you do on this blog!

  2. h. rancheros

    half of a can of jalapenos? better you than; me but the rest of the receipe sounds good. your garden has really produced. we have one plant of heirloom tomatoes that still only has geen ones but a lot of them. Using what is on hand is the way many of the best dishes are created.

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