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When it comes to making Huevos Rancheros, there are endless variations...  This recipe is a version that is very popular in our house that we've been making this version for many years, and everybody loves the end result.

Special tools:  Cast iron frying pan, or cast iron griddle, metal spatula, or George Foreman Grill; see text
Preparation time:  About 10 minutes 
Cooking time:  About 4 minutes
Yield:  1 serving 

2 eggs, fried Over Easy
1/2 cup
Refried Beans
2 corn tortillas
2 sausage links; I prefer Johnsonville brand Vermont Maple Syrup breakfast sausage
1/2 cup
Ranchero Sauce, or commerical substitute, see text
2 tablespoons Kraft shredded Mexican four cheese blend, optional
1 tablespoon Mexican lard; see text
Salt and pepper to taste

If I'm camping, I use a cast iron frying pan or a cast iron griddle, but if I'm home, I used my George Foreman Grill, with the griddle attatchment, as it cooks the meal perfectly, is easy to clean, and I don't have to turn over the eggs, to get perfect eggs over easy.  There are a couple of things that I assume:

a)  You've previously made the Ranchero Sauce, and its warm
b)  The refried beans have previously made and are ready for use, e.g. warm

This recipe is geared toward a George Foreman grill, using the griddle attatchment, or any electric frying pan/griddle.  If you're camping and using a cast iron frying pan, I'm sure you can adjust where needed...

Photo:  Place refried beans on the tortillas, and salsa on the top of the beans.  When eggs are finished place them on top of everything, add a little salt and pepper, and enjoy!

Heat grill/griddle to operating temperature.  Place tortillas on griddle, allow to heat until pliable; about 30 seconds.  Remove from griddle and set on plate.  Arrange, as per photo.  Scoop warm refried beans on tortillas and coat evenly.  Spread warm Ranchero Sauce over beans and distribute evenly.  Reserve.  

Melt lard on griddle and spread evenly over entire surface.  

Place sausage links on hot griddle surface.  After 1 minute, break eggs and cook them next to bacon.  If you're using a George Foreman grill, close lid and cook for 3 minutes; you don't need to turn eggs over to get them perfectly fried.  After 3 minutes, remove eggs from griddle and place on top of tortillas.  Remove sausage links from griddle and place on plate, next to tortillas.  Serve immediately.

If you want to add a few more calories and extra flavor, sprinkle on a couple of tablespoons of Mexican cheese. Any way you serve this dish, you'll love it, especially if you include a glass on orange juice on the side, and a hot cup of coffee, or if it's the weekend, a Bloody Mary, made with with clamato, tequilla and a dash of pecante sauce will really make the morning.

You can substitute a good, commerical salsa if you don't care to go to the trouble of making Ranchero Sauce.  We sometimes use SunnySelect brand, Southwest Salsa, in the meduim variety, distributed by Raley's Supermarkets, which are located all over Northern California.  Use chunky salsa, either fresh or bottled, that hopefully includes chunks of tomatoes, roasted peppers, maybe corn and black beans...  just don't use the cheap, runny stuff that comes from a plastic bottle. You can really dumb-down this recipe by using canned refried beans, and arrrrrrrrgh! ... if you really want to go the extra, healthy mile, you can use an egg product, such as EggBeaters instead of real eggs.  The variations are endless...

Photo:  If you can afford a few extra calories, a couple of tablespoons of shredded Mexican cheese will really spice up the meal.

On the subject of lard, I go the extra mile, as the lard that I use is the brown stuff, that the "food police" hate, that is purchased in Mexico.  Mexican lard tastes like bacon grease, pure and simple, which makes for the best-tasting cooking experience that you'll ever enjoy, as the white stuff that passes for lard in the U.S. just doesn't measure up.  Yes, I know that lard isn't all that good for you, but if you don't eat it every day, who cares?  If you just can't stomach lard, no pun intended, you can use salad oil, and I've had wonderful results with olive oil.  You can also use spray, non-stick coating, egg substitutes, turkey bacon, bottled salsa; you get the idea, as there are a million variations and a thousand healthy substitutes.  


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