Tacos Rancheros

This tacos rancheros recipe transforms the Mexican standard into egg tacos! A delicious huevos rancheros sauce covers the runny eggs, topped with queso fresco.

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Ready for the best savory breakfast or brunch recipe? With the oozing egg yolk, spicy tomato sauce, crunchy vegetables, and queso crumbles, these tacos rancheros are next level delicious. Alex and I love to eat them for dinner! Eating them with our hands, we happily spill the gooey filling all over ourselves. This deliciously over the top taco is based on huevos rancheros. Keep reading for how to make this tacos rancheros recipe, and why we made it!

What are tacos rancheros?

First, what are tacos rancheros? Huevos rancheros is a traditionally Mexican dish of fried or poached eggs served on a tortilla with a spicy tomato sauce typically served for breakfast. There are lots of different variations on huevos rancheros, some including refried beans or other vegetables.

What makes this recipe into rancheros tacos and not huevos rancheros? Honestly, not much! We’ve designed these tacos rancheros to be picked up and eaten like tacos instead of the traditional huevos rancheros recipe that’s so gooey it’s eaten with a knife and fork. Our huevos rancheros sauce is a little thicker so that it stays within the taco. They’re also topped with cabbage and queso fresco crumbles. However, due to the runny egg, you might have to resort to knife and fork anyway!

How to make tacos rancheros (or, huevos rancheros)

The main component to tacos rancheros is huevos rancheros sauce. Just like any standard recipe that has lots of variations like potato salad or chocolate chip cookies, there are thousands of huevos rancheros sauces out there. Our huevos rancheros sauce is not considered traditional, but it’s based on the main elements of a traditional sauce. Here we’ve used a dried ancho chili, as well as chipotle powder, to bring big flavor to the sauce. The chili requires re-hydrating, but it only takes 10 minutes of simmering on the stovetop. Don’t think about omitting this dried pepper: it adds a body and depth to the sauce that’s essential!

Other than the huevos rancheros sauce, this recipe is basically egg tacos. Fry up some eggs, then nestle them into a tortilla with the sauce, cabbage shreds, queso fresco crumbles, and a bit of cilantro for a garnish. These egg tacos are so, so good: and as I mentioned, we love eating them as a healthy vegetarian dinner recipe!

Related: 10 Best Vegetarian Tacos

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Today we’re collaborating with dozens of bloggers from all over the country and world to celebrate one special lady: the lovely Jessica Merchant of the blog How Sweet Eats. Her recipes are downright fabulous, and her spunky personality is contagious. Jessica is expecting a sweet babe soon, and a few ladies got together to throw her a virtual shower. The theme: “trashing up” various recipes in Jessica’s signature style (read: adding fancy toppings to make a recipe over the top delicious). We’re honored to participate with our Huevos Ranchers Tacos recipe, and wish Jessica the absolute best on the coming of her new little one! And make sure to check out Jessica’s new cookbook, Seriously Delish.

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Tacos Rancheros Recipe

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (2 tacos per person) 1x


This tacos rancheros recipe transforms the Mexican standard into egg tacos! A delicious huevos rancheros sauce covers the runny eggs and queso crumbles.


  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 dried ancho chili
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ tablespoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 small red cabbage
  • 8 radishes
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 limes
  • 1 avocado (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco crumbles (or substitute feta crumbles)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Dice 1 green pepper and 1 yellow onion. Mince 4 cloves garlic. In a bowl, mix the vegetables with ½ tablespoon olive oil, a few pinches kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and broil on high for 10 minutes until the tips of the vegetables are blackened.
  2. Remove the seeds from 1 dried ancho chili and cut it into a few pieces. In a dry saucepan, add the ancho chili, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and ½ tablespoon ground chipotle pepper. Toast for 3 minutes over medium heat until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, ½ cup water, and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Using a blender or immersion blender, blend the tomato sauce until roughly pureed. Add the broiled vegetables and pulse until combined (do not puree).
  4. Thinly slice 1/2 small red cabbage and 8 radishes. Chop 1/4 cup cilantro. Cut the limes into wedges. If desired, peel and dice the avocado.
  5. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon butter until it melts. Add as many eggs as fit in the pan, cover and continue cooking over medium heat until the egg whites are cooked through. Cook the remaining eggs in the same fashion.
  6. Warm the tortillas. (See How to Warm Tortillas for more.)
  7. To serve, place each tortilla on a plate. Top with an egg, spicy tomato sauce, cabbage, radishes, cilantro, avocado (if using), several squeezes of lime juice, and queso fresco crumbles.


Adapted from Cooking Light

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Huevos Ranchero, Huevos Rancheros Tacos, Mexican, Egg Tacos, Huevos Rancheros Sauce, Vegetarian, Gluten Free

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Ok, these tacos, the photos, and Jessica are all at the top of my favourite things list this morning! I’ve been following her blog since I started mine 4 1/2 years ago and my mornings wouldn’t be the same without her! As for the tacos, I’m scribbling down the ingredients because I want them for dinner tonight. :)

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    November 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

    OMG. these are so, so incredible. THANK YOU. xoxoxo

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    November 4, 2014 at 9:13 am

    These look truly over-the-top delicious. Sounds like I have my weekend breakfast project mapped out! I’m also thrilled to have discovered Jessica’s blog thanks to this post.

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    November 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

    these look SO insanely good! egg tacos/tostadas are our favorites – definitely going on the menu soon!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    November 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Oh man this looks incredible! And done up in total Jessica style. Love it!

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    Dax Phillips
    November 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

    That is an awesome idea! Great photos by the way as well.

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    November 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

    But for reals, these are ah-mazing. Also, I have that same plate….same color, too. Twins! ;) Guhhh…those eggs!!!!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    November 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Loving everything about this “trashed up” taco! What a great idea for a virtual baby shower. :)

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    [email protected]
    November 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    A delicious weekend breakfast!

  • Reply
    November 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious. Really looking forward to trying these.

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    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    November 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Yum! I always order huevos rancheros for brunch if it’s on the menu and this morning I just made a breakfast burrito. Ahhhh :) I LOVE Mexican food for breakfast :)

  • Reply
    Millie | Add A Little
    November 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I love the bright colours and they sound super tasty!

  • Reply
    bev @ bevcooks
    November 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. THANK YOU!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites
    November 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Yes please! My craving are kicking in big time now. :)
    Gorgeous photos and styling, as always.

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    Mary @ The Kitchen Paper
    November 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    There is literally nothing better than an amazing breakfast taco. Seriously. I DIE for breakfast tacos! These sound amazing!!

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    November 5, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Oh my word. The salsa and the oozing yolk ? Killer. This is my breakfast dream.

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    Aysegul - Ice
    November 5, 2014 at 7:33 am

    This looks so yummy!
    What a great idea to do a virtual baby shower.
    Love the creative cooking from other bloggers.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 5, 2014 at 8:56 am

    This is the best dang baby shower ever. LOVE it!

  • Reply
    Daisy at Home
    November 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I just found the recipe that is going to make my soon-to-be hubby fall even more in love with me. Thanks!

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    dani @theloveofvanilla
    November 6, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I definitely don’t eat mexican food enough, this looks so delicious!

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective
    November 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    The amazing flavors in this breakfast taco is irresistible!

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    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    January 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I love the idea of a virtual baby shower! Plus, those eggs look amazing!

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      January 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s a favorite recipe around here.

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