Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce

If you are looking for a quick, easy and comforting skillet breakfast (that’s just as good for brinner) think of Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce. Cozy enough for the family & just fun enough for guests, this recipe has just enough spice to keeps things interesting.


I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes for eggs poached in Italian sauces, but if your heart leads you to Mexican or Southwestern cuisine like mine does, you’ll love this breakfast of Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce.

about eggs poached in rancheros sauce

Rancheros Sauce is a “garden” sauce of onion, peppers, and tomatoes with a touch of spice and a hit of vinegar slowly cooked to a spicy, sweet/sour deliciousness. It’s not really hot, but it is “interesting.” The creamy egg works so well with that sauce and it all melds into one amazing breakfast skillet.

I couldn’t resist a few avocados, a little fresh onion and a tangle of tortilla strips (those tortilla strips are just to keep me from being too healthy! Leave them off for a lower carb option) on my Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce, but you can add a little cheese and/or a sprinkle of cilantro, too.

A few of my Pickled Red Onions would be fantastic, maybe a few of my Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos or my Cowboy Candy, and be sure to pass the hot sauce for some heat. If you want to add a little more heft to the meal, Refried Beans can never be wrong!

And of course, never be afraid to pass that hot sauce!


saving time & money on eggs poached in rancheros sauce

You can make the Rancheros Sauce & do the eggs in the same skillet, but if you plan ahead a bit, just make up a batch of the Rancheros Sauce to have on hand to spin out for dishes like this. Divide it into two and toss it in the freezer and you can pull out as needed to make this dish in minutes.

My pics show a single serving of Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce but it’s just as easy to make a large skillet full for the whole family. The recipe is really very easy & so versatile. As long as you have enough of the sauce in the pan to simmer the eggs, you can use as little or as much sauce as you’d like, and as a few or as many eggs as you need.

As far as cost, eggs aren’t expensive (well, some are and then this is even more important) so watch for them on sale and pick up extra. They keep very well for several weeks. When you see a sale on avocados, pick up several at various stages of ripeness, you’ll have sale priced avocados on hand for weeks. Usually, tortillas are several places in the store. Check the Mexican food aisle, International Aisle and the refrigerator cases and compare prices.

I just wanted to mention if you’re one of those who can’t stomach poached eggs, make this dish up with scrambled eggs. Just scramble the eggs, heat up the Rancheros Sauce and spoon the sauce over the eggs. Don’t forget to garnish. It will still blow you away!



Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce

Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce

Eggs are poached in a simple & classic garden Rancheros sauce and garnished with avocado, red onion and a tangle of tortilla strips. Make for one or for a crowd.

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 6
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/2 recipe Rancheros Sauce (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil (for the tortilla strips)
  • 2 small tortillas, corn or flour, cut into small strips
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • a little red onion, diced, for garnish


Heat the tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat, turning the skillet to make sure it is well coated. Add the Rancheros sauce and heat until just simmering.

Using a spoon, make four “divots” in the sauce. Crack an egg into a small cup, gently deposit into the divot, turn down the heat to a bare simmer and cover the pan. Simmer for about 5 to 6 minutes, until eggs are desired doneness.

In the meantime, place the 1/2 cup oil into a small high sided skillet or a saucepan. Heat to about 350 degrees F., or until a small piece of a tortilla strip bubbles vigorously when dipped in the oil.

Add the rest, working in batches. As the strips start to firm up, stir them around so they bend and tangle together. Turn over and continue to cook until golden brown. Remove, salt to taste, and drain of a paper towel or brown paper bag.

When eggs are done, garnish with the avocado, red onion, and tortilla strips.


This recipe is more of a guideline than a set in stone recipe. Make as many or as few eggs as you’d like, using as much or as little Rancheros Sauce as you want.

Prep time assumes the Rancheros sauce is already made. The Rancheros Sauce will take about 20-25 minutes to make if it’s not already made.


I’ll be bringing this cake to Fiesta Friday #215, hosted this week by  Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Alex @ Turks Who Eat. We’d all love it if you stop by & see a collection of recipes and posts by the fantastic food bloggers who’ve joined in.

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38 Comments on “Eggs Poached in Rancheros Sauce

  1. Mollie where do I start!😍 Mexican most definitely! Skillet cooked yes please! Refried beans absolutely! Tangled tortilla strips… Seriously? I can’t imagine anything more exciting – practical dippers or not! 😋 and you did make me giggle when you said you need them to “keep you from being be too healthy” Thank you so much for linking up to Fiesta Friday this week and sharing this delicious dish😀

    • Thank you!! And thanks for hosting for us all – it’s much appreciated! Wait till you see later in the week, any healthiness went out the window! But hey St. Pat’s is once a year, right!!

    • Hi Lynne and thanks! I think I want these for breakfast everyday now! 🙂

  2. Having just got back from Mexico – this is right up my alley! I can’t stop craving all these flavors. Love this recipe!

    • Oh how fun!! I’m a little bit jealous! 🙂
      Good for you!

  3. Love the flavours of this dish! I need to figure out how to do the printable bit for the recipes at the end of your post. I have no idea how to make that happen.

    • Hi Virginia. This dish is a fave, I guess I never really posted it before because it’s so simple it hardly needs a recipe!

      What I used here is a recipe plug in, and in order to use a plug in you have to have an upgraded plan since you’re with WordPress. The advantage to the plug in is that it’s supposed to be optimized for search engines and has all kinds of codings in it. This one can be customized but I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet.

      I used to use what’s called a “shortcode” & it’s in all my older posts so that might work for you, too.

      Here’s an example:

      There might be better, more attractive “shortcodes” for recipes but it took me forever to find this one years ago and I never thought to look.

      I’ll send you the shortcode if you want to give it a try. You just copy it in the text and write or copy and paste your recipe inside it.

      • So you have a business plan? I have the premium plan. I’m trying to figure out if I need to upgrade yet again. I also want to do rich pins with yeost but can’t do that on my current plan.

        • I upgraded from premium to business a couple weeks ago…honestly I’ve been thinking about another company altogether but I’m a bit scared to make a move…things like that never seem to go smoothly for me!!

            • I haven’t decided on a company and am still thinking about it – but I love the upgraded business plan. I’m still finding weird little idiosyncrasies, though, that have to be fixed, but I’m happy so far. I really like being able to use yoast and the recipe plug in and the plug ins for social media…I just haven’t gotten it all to look like I want it to look yet.

        • I’ve been wanting to do rich pins, too, but I love the way the my pins work now. When you use the pin button it just pulls up the one pin I’ve built. I got a plug in for that, too.

    • Hi Liz, I feel the same! I’ve been trying very hard to get more veggies in my diet. I’ve been lax since I came back to MN and am just cooking for myself!

        • Some of them are so crappy at the store this time of year, too…and I need to have a dinner party! I haven’t gotten back in sync since I’ve been home.

  4. Delicious and frugal meal … tortilla chips or even toasted and buttered bread is great for dipping into the ranchero sauce for breakfast.

    • The little tortilla strips were so much fun but not the most practical “dippers” as I found out!!

        • I remember that about you! I just did a little shallow fry, about 1/2 inch of oil in a small skillet.

          • Yes, shallow frying would be a bit easier. Have you tried brushing the tortillas with oil on both sides, cutting them into strips and then baking them until crispy? I think that would work too.

            • I have done that before, but only with whole tortillas. I bet it can be done with the strips with no problem.

    • That’s right, I’d forgotten you are from Texas, especially since I associate you more recently with all your wonderful travel posts. I still cannot get the Black Forest Cake out of my mind, btw. Yeah, thanks for that, Karen, lol!! Now I’m going to have to make one.

    • Thanks! I wish you would have been here then, to help eat!! 🙂

  5. This looks delicious Mollie! My daughter will love this. She is a huge fan Mexican food.

    • I’m a little surprised! Well, maybe not, considering you’re such a good cook and make so many different kinds of things. My kids were huge fans of Mexican and Southwestern, too, at an early age, just because I am, I guess. 🙂

      • I love Mexican and Southwestern food too, so she comes by it honestly. Our town got its first Mexican restaurant when I was in high school, and before that I had never had it. I fell in love instantly. 😀 Thank you for the compliment!

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