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Huevos Rancheros Recipe: A Classic Mexican Breakfast Dish

huevos rancheros recipe - Dr. Axe

Total Time

25 minutes



Diet Type



  • ½ pound grass-fed ground beef
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 small jalapeño, stem removed, diced (seeds removed, optional*)
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4–6 large chicken eggs, fried or scrambled
  • For toppings:
  • 1–2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 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. Serve on Paleo tortillas, topped with fresh tomato, avocado and cilantro.

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 everyday can bore even the most avid egg eater. It’s time to breathe new life into your morning eggs with this huevos rancheros recipe.

Huevos rancheros recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

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.

Huevos rancheros recipe step 1 - Dr. Axe

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!

This huevos rancheros recipe is an awesome way to kick off your day!

Huevos Rancheros Nutrition Facts

Best of all, this huevos rancheros recipe is good for you. Each serving contains approximately: (1)(2)

  • 151 calories
  • 10.4 grams fat
  • 1.7 grams sugar
  • 46.8 grams protein
  • 1.0 microgram vitamin B12 (17 percent DV)
  • 0.3 milligrams vitamin B6 (13 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams riboflavin (13 percent DV)
  • 6.7 milligrams vitamin C (11 percent DV)
  • 342 IUs vitamin A (7 percent DV)
  • 21.5 micrograms folate (5 percent DV)
  • 3.3 micrograms vitamin K (4 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram thiamin (4 percent DV)
Huevos rancheros recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

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.

How to Make This Huevos Rancheros Recipe

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

Huevos rancheros recipe step 3 - Dr. Axe

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

Next, add in the onion, jalapeño, cream cheese and spices. Stir it all up until the onion becomes translucent, then remove the pan from heat.

Huevos rancheros recipe - Dr. Axe

In a separate pan, prepare the eggs the way you like them best.

Huevos rancheros recipe - Dr. Axe

Then top your Paleo tortillas with the beef mixture, pile on the eggs and finish off with your fixings of choice.



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  1. 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.

  2. Jim Alvarez on

    Those Are NOT Huevos Rancheros.

    Not even Close..but then again You may Not even even Mexican like me.

    It’s just a Taco with Fried Jalapenos. You Dont put that crap on Real Real Huevos Rancheros. Please Stop Insulting my Caluture. Next Get a Real Mexican to show we you how to make them or go to El Paso where the Best Mexican Food is made. I go as often as I can to drive to El Paso from Los Angeles because the Mexican Food here is Not that Great.
    I’m a World Traveler and got to eat the Best and the Cheapest Mexican Food I ever have.


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