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Huevos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado and Other Brunch Options

Huevos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado

A late leisurely breakfast or brunch is such a treat at the weekend. In fact, brunch has become my favourite meal. It seems I’m not the only one. It’s been rising in popularity over the last few years and is now said to be the nation’s best loved repast. This recipe for Mexican Huevos Rancheros with smashed avocado is a great brunch standby. It’s simple to make, pushes the boat out a little and kicks ass.

What is Brunch?

The idea of eating the first meal of the day late morning is not as modern a concept as many believe. It started being “a thing” in the late 1800s, although there are only theories as to how it came into being. Some say it was a the result of famished hunters coming back from a morning’s sport; some think it was a result of getting up late after a night’s drinking and having to deal with the effects of a hangover; yet others claim it stemmed from the Catholic tradition of fasting before mass. Guy Beringer is credited with pulling together breakfast and lunch to coin the word brunch in 1895. It took off in the US in the 1930s and has been gaining popularity around the world ever since.

Huavos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado

London Trip

I’m just back from a recent trip to London where I had an all too brief, but energising meet-up with my old au pair chums from Switzerland. We managed to pack a lot into just 24 hours including plenty of reminiscing. We did a bit of walking, a great deal of eating and even managed a visit an exhibition at the Royal Acadamy. Revolution: Rusian Art 1917-1932 was well put together and extremely interesting. It was well worth the couple of hours diversion from our non-stop chat.

If there’s any chance of a meal out when I’m gallivanting, I’m most likely to opt for brunch. Our ex au pair trio indulged in dinner on Saturday evening and then brunch on Sunday morning – win win! A leisurely brunch provided us with the perfect opportunity to continue our grand catch-up. Huevos rancheros was not on the menu, but luckily avocado was. I’ve been to Baker and Spice a couple of times now. It’s very good, but next time I’m up, I’ll consult the AVIS guide to the Best Brunches in London and try somewhere different.

Huevos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado

Huevos Rancheros

Back to my huevos rancheros. I like to go the classic scrambled egg route, though I’ve noticed a lot of modern recipes go for fried or poached eggs. Either way. there’s plenty of protein from the eggs to keep you going through the long afternoon until supper. There’s all sorts of other good nutrients to be had from the onions, garlic, tomato, cilantro and the avocado, if you include it. In my opinion, the dish is raised up several notches when accompanied by smashed avocado. It gives extra flavour, texture and colour as well as making the meal a bit more substantial and luxurious.

We tend to have our huevos rancheros on toast, but you could serve it with corn tortillas if you want something a bit more authentically Mexican. Ideally, I’d serve it on sourdough bread, but I didn’t have any to hand when I made this. There’s a nice bit of heat from the chillies which provides the gastronomic equivalent of a bugler’s reveille to assembled sleepyheads and slugabeds.. In CT’s words, it was “just the right side of hot”.

Huevos Rancheros – The Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Huevos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado
Huevos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

My take on Huevos Rancheros on toast along with smashed avocado. It's just the right side of spicy and makes for a perfect brunch pick-me-up.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: avocados, eggs, toast
Servings: 2 people
Smashed Avocado
  • 1 ripe avocado - peeled and stoned
  • 1 lime
  • grinding of pepper
Huevos Rancheros
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion - peeled and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic - peeled and finely diced
  • 2 pickled jalapeño chillies - chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes - diced
  • 3 free range eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • a few sprigs of cilantro - chopped
  • 4 rounds of toast to serve
Smashed avocado
  1. In a bowl, mash the avocado roughly with a fork along with the juice from half the lime and the pepper.
  2. Get on with making the eggs.
Huevos Rancheros
  1. In a large frying pan, fry the onion in the oil over a moderate heat until translucent - about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and chillies and fry for a further minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
  4. Beat the eggs and salt together, then pour into the pan.
  5. Stir occasionally until the eggs are cooked to your liking (3-5 minutes).
  6. Serve on toast alongside the smashed avocados and the remaining lime half cut into wedges.


This recipe for huevos rancheros is now winging its way over to Australia for Weekend Brunch Club with Gingey Bites.


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  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    13th March 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Quick and very delicious! I love both toppings.

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Angie. Every time I look at the photos I start feeling hungry 😉

  2. Dom

    13th March 2017 at 5:08 pm

    everything about this… YES!!!

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 9:19 am

      There’s something about eggs and avocados that just makes for a perfect meal I find.

  3. Camilla Hawkins

    13th March 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Oh wow, I’ve never had Huevos Rancheros but this brunch has my name all over it! Must make soon! Thanks for linking to my dish:-)

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 9:17 am

      My pleasure Camilla. Do give it a try, it’s one of our favourites.

  4. Nayna Kanabar

    13th March 2017 at 8:48 pm

    What a lovely recipe, it looks delicious. We always have brunch on Sundays.

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 9:16 am

      Brunch is a great institution. We don’t managed it every weekend, but I love it when we do.

  5. Jodie Whitham

    13th March 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Yet to try avocado and this looks lovely! 🙂 simple for nervous cooks too! Little needed to do 😀

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 9:15 am

      It’s an easy dish to make and works just as well for supper as brunch. It’s also a good one to try with avocado 🙂

  6. Jemma

    14th March 2017 at 7:13 am

    These are such lovely ideas. I think brunch is such a lovely weekend treat.

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 9:12 am

      It’s a good opportunity to chill for a bit at the weekend I find and have a catch-up with family or friends.

  7. Claire Jessiman

    14th March 2017 at 9:47 am

    Fab recipe – anything with Avocados and I’m there! I must admit that most of my brunches come about as a result of a hangover.

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Haha, well that is one of the main theories for the invention of brunch. I’m with you on the avocados, they improve most things I find 🙂

  8. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    14th March 2017 at 11:08 am

    Like your spin on Huevos Rancheros. Who could possibly resist the addition of avocado?!?

    • Choclette

      14th March 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Well exactly Michelle. Avocado and eggs are a match made in heaven 🙂

  9. Becca

    15th March 2017 at 10:04 am

    This look so yummy! Would definitely have this for brunch! x

    • Choclette

      15th March 2017 at 1:04 pm

      It’s not only delicious, but really sets you up for the afternoon.

  10. Lynne Harper

    15th March 2017 at 10:23 am

    Absolutely love the look of this. Two of my favourite items. The Avis brunch guide sounds fabulous

    • Choclette

      15th March 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Lynne. I’d love to go on a brunch crawl in London one day 😉

  11. Jacqueline Meldrum

    16th March 2017 at 3:17 pm

    A nice twist on the traditional saucy dish. Looks good!

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Jac. It’s a very welcome, but occasional treat. I’m often too busy, even at the weekend, to have a leisurely breakfast or brunch.

  12. Virginia Butters

    16th March 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I saw a lot of huevos rancheros served when I lived in Arizona (SW USA), but I never sampled it. I love your version with the avocado toast, and will give this a try with scrambled tofu. Awesome post, lots of fun to read!

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Aw, thank you. I reckon it would work really well with tofu. In fact, it’s on my list of things to try. Only trouble is, I have a very long list!

  13. Pretty

    16th March 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I love a spicy breakfast and brunch at the weekend is my favourite thing too! Need to try this recipe this weekend.

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 5:49 pm

      I think you and I are of the same mind when it comes to spice 🙂

  14. Nico @ yumsome

    17th March 2017 at 7:43 am

    The avocado part looks gorgeous – I love avo on toast with a splash of tabasco or sriracha… such a perfect brunch! (You can keep the eggs though – bleurggghhh! Ha ha!)

    • Choclette

      17th March 2017 at 8:53 am

      You could easily make the egg bit with tofu Nico. I’m going to try it one day soon. I’m with you on the hot chilli sauce of which mine is the best, of course 😉

      • Nico @ yumsome

        17th March 2017 at 4:06 pm

        Oh yes, definitely – I’m rather partial to scrambled tofu, Choclette. Weirdly, I resisted it for so long because I’ve never liked scrambled most eggs (esp. scrambled!); even though I knew it wouldn’t have the taste and texture of eggs, there was still a lot of psychological resistance! Eventually though, I put on my big girl pants, and made some. I’ve not looked back!

        • Choclette

          18th March 2017 at 9:12 pm

          Hahaha, but you’re right, it is a bit weird wanting to eat your tofu that way if you never liked scrambled eggs anyway!

  15. Gingey Bites

    17th March 2017 at 8:53 am

    Ohhh this looks so delish! Thanks for sharing with Weekend Brunch Club too!

    • Choclette

      17th March 2017 at 11:23 am

      Nothing quite beats avocado and eggs for breakfast 🙂

  16. Agness of Run Agness Run

    4th May 2017 at 3:42 pm

    A great brunch idea, Choclette! Loved the recipe, especially because it is healthy and finger-licking!

  17. pavitra

    9th August 2017 at 7:48 am

    Wow, Its looking delicious. I love avocado . I would try it for sure. Your recipes are superb. Thanks for sharing.

    • Choclette

      9th August 2017 at 10:00 am

      Thank you Pavitra. Let me know how you get on if you do try it.


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