Huevos Rancheros: Healthy Spin on a Classic - Dr. Axe

Huevos Rancheros: a Spin on a Classic Mexican Breakfast

Huevos rancheros

Eggs are a breakfast staple for good reason. They’re relatively inexpensive, quick to make, full of protein and tasty! But preparing them the same way every day can bore even the most avid egg eater.

It’s time to breathe new life into your morning eggs with this huevos rancheros recipe, a classic and favorite Mexican breakfast dish. It’s an awesome way to kick off your day!

What Are Huevos Rancheros?

Spanish for “rancher’s eggs,” huevos rancheros are a classic Mexican breakfast dish. They’re so simple, in fact, that most Mexican cooks wouldn’t consider them worthy of a recipe. Just lightly fry corn tortillas to heat them up, cook a couple of eggs and top with fresh salsa. Done!

But this huevos rancheros recipe takes things up a notch. To make these more filling, we’ll incorporate grass-fed beef. Red onions add extra flavor, while the jalapeño gives just enough of a spicy kick to wake you up in the morning.

Because everyone likes their eggs a different way, you’ll prepare them however you like and then add them to tortillas and top with your favorite Tex-Mex toppings. I’m talking salsa, avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, hot sauce or whatever you love on your tacos. Best of all, you can stuff everything into Paleo tortillas — perfect if you’re going low-carb or avoiding gluten!


Key Ingredients

Eggs have been vilified for years as increasing cholesterol, but they actually help regulate bad cholesterol. They’re also high in omega-3s, a good type of fat that our bodies require to function properly.

The carotenoids found in eggs help to prevent disease and boost eye health. Their high protein count also makes them a filling food. You might find that you’re not as hungry when you eat eggs.

Grass-fed beef is also fantastic for your health. It has more health benefits than conventionally-raised, grain-fed beef, including more omega-3s, vitamins and antioxidants. Grass-fed beef is packed with conjugated linoleic acid, or CLAs, a fatty acid we have to get through the foods we eat. CLAs have been studied as cancer-fighters and may help to fight heart disease and keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. Plus, grass-fed beef is less likely to be given hormones and antibiotics

Avocados are one of the best providers of healthy fats. Some say they’re the most nutrition-packed food on the planet. Lastly, you must have peppers to complete this huevos rancheros. We used red and green jalapeños, but you can use other types of hot peppers.

Jalapeños contain a compound knowns as capsaicin. This compound gives way to its ability to help you fight cancer, headaches, the common cold, while helping you to lose weight.

Huevos rancheros recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

All of these ingredients combine to make a perfectly balanced, heart breakfast. Each serving provides 502 calories, with 28 grams of carbohydrates, 30 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein.

How to Make Huevos Rancheros

You’re probably ready to make these huevos rancheros for breakfast (or breakfast at dinner!), and you won’t believe how easy it is.

Start by browning the ground beef in a medium skillet with coconut oil, about 5–7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Next, add in the onion, jalapeño, cream cheese and spices.

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Stir it all up until the onion becomes translucent, then remove the pan from heat.

Heat up four large tortillas in the oven, such 350 F degrees for 2 minutes. You can make your own tortillas beforehand or use the type of tortilla that fits your diet. There are many different types these days. Organic corn tortillas can work well, but you’ll want two to make this dish work, as they tend to be smaller. Sprouted wheat torillas are also a great option.

While your tortillas heat up, make up the eggs. In a separate pan, prepare the eggs the way you like them best. Scrambled or fried are the most common ways for this dish.

Next, place the large tortilla or two smaller corn torillas on the four plates. Simply spoon in the egg portion and then cover with the meat portion followed by fresh tomatoes (pico de gallo is best), sliced avocado and cilantro.

Huevos rancheros recipe - Dr. Axe

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Huevos Rancheros Recipe

  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


When it comes to eggs, we often just go the easy route and scramble, fry or make them into an omelette. Well, try this classic Mexican dish for a more flavorful and fun way to have eggs … and with grass-fed ground beef for a very filling and balanced breakfast.


  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ pound grass-fed ground beef
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 small jalapeños, stem removed, diced (seeds removed)
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 large eggs, fried or scrambled


  • 12 fresh tomatoes, diced — or use pico de gallo
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • half a bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add in coconut oil and grass-fed beef, stirring occasionally until the beef is browned, about 5–7 minutes.
  2. Add in the onion, jalapeño, cream cheese, oregano, salt and pepper, stirring until onion becomes translucent and remove from heat.
  3. In a separate pan, over medium-low heat, cook the eggs as desired.
  4. Heat up tortillas in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 minutes. Try to use Paleo tortillas, organic corn or sprouted wheat tortillas.
  5. Place the heated tortilla on four plates, then spoon in the separate eggs and meat dishes. Top with fresh salsa/tomato, avocado and cilantro.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Breakfasts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 serving (315 g)
  • Calories: 502
  • Sugar: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 687 mg
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 16.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.5 g
  • Fiber: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 30.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 336 mg

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  1. Elizabeth Kalous on

    I appreciate your recipe because of the healthy ingredients. It looks delicious and I’ll definitely try it. I’m also Mexican and most recipes call for some unhealthy ingredients and method of cooking. Although the foods of our culture are delicious and I still enjoy our age old recipes, this a personal choice. I’m new to your group and so appeciative of your comments, supplement suggestions, and all the info about “healthy everything”. Loking forward to future articles!

  2. Denia on

    Hi Dr Axe,

    I’m 46 years old and I love eggs in different ways, but I just recently did my annual check up and I’m pre-diabetic, I don’t know if that condition affects the cholesterol levels in my body if I eat eggs mostly every day.
    I need to do more changes, I like to take care of this body to be able to raise my 10 and 16 year old daughters.
    Here in Ventura, Ca, everything organic,non-GMO, grass feed meats are very expensive even the eggs.
    I’m a low income but I do my best to make it happen.
    Is there any recommendation that you please can give me?

    Ps. I’ve been following for over 3 months now, thank you for your support and transparency.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Denia, I’m so sorry to hear about your last checkup. Here is an informative article about Diabetes and how to approach it: I hope this helps! Blessings to you and yours.


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