Gabriel's huevos rancheros

Gabriel’s

At Gabriel’s on Banana Lane (and on the Camino Real North of Santa Fe), the late summer sky is churning with storm clouds in the distance and a table on the patio is key. Huevos Rancheros is on the lunch menu only, but I think the cooks are happy to make huevos any time of day. … Continue reading

Duran's Central Pharmacy huevos rancheros

Duran Central Pharmacy

These huevos kicks are at Duran Central Pharmacy Restaurant, a local legend I enjoy even though my over-easy eggs are a bit overcooked. These huevos are served on a naked plate: without tortilla on the bottom, yet the plate is full of food. Served with slightly refried whole pintos and what I’d call “mash whites” (somewhere … Continue reading

Rancho de Chimayo, New Mexican restaurant

Rancho de Chimayo

How can one go wrong sitting on the outdoor terrace eating traditional green-chile-fied huevos rancheros at Rancho de Chimayo? Eggs cooked to order with traditional refried beans and Spanish rice as the side. Lightly fried soft corn tortillas underneath. A sharp cheddar or strong colby cheese tops the Christmas, smothered over the eggs. A light … Continue reading

Weck's huevos rancheros

Weck’s

Weck’s huevos rancheros are perhaps some of the heartiest in town. Traditional lightly fried corn tortillas hold perfectly cooked eggs with bright yellow yolks. Next time I’ll have to try the eggs poached, as I’m sure Weck’s can pull off a perfectly poached egg. But, for the sake of my journey, I aim to order my … Continue reading

Huevos Rancheros

My definition: delicious!

Dictionary.com definition: a Latin American dish of eggs, usually fried or poached, topped with a spicy tomato sauce and sometimes served on a fried corn tortilla with the addition of vegetables and cheese.

Wikipedia definition: a classic Mexican breakfast dish popular throughout much of the Americas consisting of eggs served in the style of the traditional large mid-morning fare on poor farms. The basic dish consists of fried eggs served upon lightly fried corn tortillas topped with a tomato-chili sauce. Refried beans, slices of avocado, or guacamole may accompany the dish.

No matter which way you slice it, huevos rancheros makes me happy at least once a week as I begin my journey across New Mexico to try as many different versions as I can. And then report back to you. Do I have my favorites? Yes! But this isn’t about me; it’s about the beautiful variations on a moonlight (or in this case “egg”) theme.

I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do… cheers! Aye-yi-yi-yi.