Huevos tacos are the perfect pantry meal for those times when you haven’t grocery shopped in ages. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or a quick dinner.
It’s a funny thing when you are a food blogger (or work in any culinary profession), everyone assumes that you must make the most glorious meals all the time. The rather harsh and unfortunate reality is that we all eat boxed macaroni and cheese most likely as frequently as the average Joe. Because like the plumber with leaky pipes and the hair dressers kids with shaggy hair, it is almost always the thing that is most off neglected.
Of course this tendency has been exacerbated by the fact that we now work at an off site studio and work with a myriad of clients. And while some weeks we have plenty of dinner type recipes, there are many weeks where they might only need smoothies shot or a bunch of vegan concoctions my husband and kids won’t touch (fine by me it makes my lunches easy!).
So after a long day at work, most often nights when Kevin is still gone for long hours closing down the brewery after everyone else has gone home…I make tacos. Sometimes it’s with leftover meat, but most often it is this dish. Huevos rancheros tacos. Egg and bean tacos. I don’t know what exactly you should call them other than my favorite phrase….”dinner.”
I’m sure it’s been made a thousand times over the ages but I stumbled upon it one evening when our youngest begged for fried eggs…again. He can eat 3 runny eggs in a sitting if you let him and this dish is a no brainer, no argument dish in our house. Tacos always work for Noah and Phin can either eat the tacos or just eat eggs with guacamole, beans and tomatoes.
And of course the most glorious part is that it’s done in 15-20 minutes once you get comfortable running the pans simultaneously. The most time consuming part is the quick pan fry on the tortilla shells.
I actually find the process of making them rather meditative after a long day. Ingredients on the counter is all the prep time we need before the comforting sound of stove flames clicking and igniting to warm the pans. A pan for shells, a pan for eggs and a saucepan for the beans to warm in.
Chopping veggies next to the stove keeps your hands busy while the shells fry quickly. A cup of steaming hot coffee or an icy beer is a must and a helper or three are usually hovering in the kitchen. These weeknight dinners are hard, repeated more often than they probably should be and yet…comforting and familiar.
- Seasoned black beans:
- 1 regular can black beans
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6-8 fried eggs
- 6-8 corn tortilla shells
- diced tomatoes
- cotija cheese
- sliced jalapeños
- lime wedges
- tortilla chips or pan fried corn tortillas
- sour cream
- guacamole or our favorite guacamole salsa
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 659 Total Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 21g Cholesterol: 411mg Sodium: 1447mg Carbohydrates: 55g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 16g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 33g