So... speaking of budget friendly yet delicious food, a wise friend recently pointed me to a no-fail recipe for huevos rancheros, something I had previously thought I'd never see outside of a brunch date. Now, bear in mind, "no fail" assumes you care if it tastes good more than if it looks perfect, also I can speak to deliciousness more than I can speak to the level of authenticity, but... either way, you have GOT to try it!
This is what you need:
-1 egg (or, a couple egg whites)
-a tortilla (I used a smallish sized wheat tortilla but it doesn't matter at all)
-black beans (I bought the store-brand, spiced black beans)
-the salsa of your choice
-some shredded cheese (I used the Quattro Formaggio mix from TJs because thats what I had)
-a smidge of oil
-avocado (optional, but really, is NOT having avocado the option you want to take, here?)
And here is what you do...
-very lightly coat the pan with a teeny bit of oil
-toast the tortilla on one side so its just a little brown, then flip it over
-sprinkle cheese on it
-crack the egg on top (or, dump the egg whites on top), it might spread around into the pan, don't panic, just go with the flow, let it cook for a little bit
-now... it gets fun. get the spatula, and quickly flip the entire thing over- if it doesn't work that well, it doesn't matter, it still tastes good.
-while that is cooking, pop some of the beans in the microwave and cut up the avocado
-pull out the tortilla, put it on the plate tortilla side down, dump on the beans, toss on the avocado, and top with a dash of salsa!
I am not going to actually tell you how many times I've had this recently, but lets just say that I'm getting pretty good at it. Here are a couple versions.
#1- I like to call it, El Clasico:
(made with 1 whole egg and everything listed above)
#2- I like to call it Huevos Rancheros Florentine
(a lot of frozen spinach defrosted and mixed in with the beans. made with 3 egg whites instead of a whole egg).
Happy Cinco De Mayo!