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Huevos Rancheros al la Cocina California

Huevos Rancheros al la Cocina California

The traditional fried egg dish is served upon lightly fried corn tortilla topped with a salsa and accompanied with refried beans and avocado.  In this Cocina California variation, eggs are served upon a bed of potatoes and the salsa is freshly prepared just prior to serving.

This salsa is prepared with pickled jalapeño rajas (slices) and a smidgen of the pickling liquid that provides the dish with a savory aromatic flavor.  Fresh tomatoes provide a garden-fresh balance to the fiery jalapeño.  Lightly sautéd onion add a sweetness and crispness to this salsa. Yum!  Let’s get started.




Serves 2

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 lb potatoes, peeled, sliced 1/8 inch thick.

½ medium size onion thinly sliced  (white onion preferred)

2 roma tomatoes each cut lengthwise in 8 slices

1-2 tablespoons picked jalapeño slices (jalapeño rajas en escabeche)

1 ½ tablespoons pickled jalapeño juice

1 ½ tablespoons chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper




Preheat the oven to 350 ° F.  Place the sliced potatoes in a large bowl, pour half of the olive oil over potatoes, stir to coat.  Season with ½ tablespoon salt and ¼ tablespoon pepper.  Spread slices on a baking sheet and bake until tender for about 30-35 minutes.

Heat a sauce pan to low medium heat.  Add remaining half of olive oil and sauté the onions just enough to keep a little crispness; about 2-3 minutes.  Add the jalapeño and pickling liquid, tomatoes and cilantro.  Sauté just enough to warm the ingredients.  Cover and keep warm.



Fry eggs, plate the potatoes on a dinner plate circularly, top with a eggs and cover the with salsa.




Optionally, garnish with slices of avocado and warm flour tortillas.

Buen Provecho

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