Huevos Rancheros Egg Cups

I will definitely show up to any party where huevos rancheros are on the menu. Make them into individual egg cups, and I’m there all day. What is it about Tex-Mex food that screams party!? I mean, it’s snacky but also hits all your cravings: salty, cheesy, and savory. Plus, so many Tex-Mex foods can be topped with avocado, salsa, and lime, and those are essentials when I’m being honest about what my taste buds crave. Not every party calls for these flavors, but the ones that do always seem so much more fun!

Huevos rancheros egg cups sitting on white plates with pan filled with extra cups as well as many toppings including salsa, sour cream and guacamole all on wood surface

I’m gonna guess that it comes at no surprise that I don’t go to Super Bowl parties to watch the game. I can’t even tell you what teams are going to play, but I, of course, do know who is going to perform at the halftime show.

I do go for the food. I love the dips, especially that easy queso-like one full of processed cheese, taco seasoned beef, and salsa. You know the one… and don’t act like you don’t love it too! What’s most fun are those foods that surprise you: the ones you don’t expect to see on a traditional party spread. Even though it’s a football game, it can still be fun to change up the normal buffalo wings for something different. That’s why this year I’m opting for these huevos rancheros egg cups.

Huevos rancheros egg cup sitting on white plate topped with sour cream, salsa and guacamole all on wood surface
Just give me some sour cream, homemade salsa, and guacamole, and I’m all good to go!

When developing this recipe, I started with chorizo as my main inspiration. This meat is packed full of a chili and cumin punch that works its way throughout the entire dish. And what I love about chorizo is that it’s spicy, but not in a heat-spicy way, just a flavor-filled spicy.

Frying the chorizo as the first step releases the flavors and oils within the meat, which provides the perfect base in which to sauté the onions and red peppers. I’m not a huge fresh pepper fan, but I definitely like the bite they add in these cups.

Black beans add texture and more protein, but it’s the Super Bowl, so who’s really keeping track? A dose of grated Monterey Jack cheese adds a subtle flavor to each bite. And it melts amazingly, which is a bonus.

Cross-section view of huevos rancheros egg cups being held by hand with extra egg cups in background

Once the meat, peppers, and beans are portioned in the muffin tins, the egg mixture is poured all over the top. I love using this methodology because it ensures that the eggs reach every nook and cranny. To gild the lily, I prefer to top each egg cup with a little bit more Monterey Jack cheese, just for good measure. With that, they’re ready to bake!

Golden brown baked huevos rancheros egg cups sitting in silver baking dish

Not only are these wonderful while still hot from the oven, but they’re great at room temperature as well! I know, you’re totally thinking how perfect that is for a party. Arrive with warm egg cups and have no fear that their flavor will decrease as they settle to room temperature.

For those that like the idea of a little healthier option, these are the go-to. For everyone else, they’ll just taste amazing and be gone instantly.

To make your friends even more impressed, you can make the 5-minute restaurant style salsa and send them over the edge. Did I mention you’ll never want to buy salsa again?

Homemade restaurant-style salsa sitting in white bowl with cilantro leaf on top surrounded by lime wedges and avocado all on wood surface

It’s the year of #LetsGetBrunching!

Watch how to make these huevos rancheros egg cups:

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Huevos Rancheros Egg Cups

  • Author: Kaleb Wyse
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 18 egg cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A perfectly-sized huevos rancheros egg cup is a powerful punch of protein! Topped with sour cream, guacamole, and homemade salsa, this is the perfect brunch item to make!


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Ingredients

For the egg cups

  • 2 links chorizo (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 minced jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

For the salsa

  • 1 28-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes (whole or diced)
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeño, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

Instructions

For the egg cups

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove the casing from the chorizo and brown the meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Break up the chorizo into small pieces and continue to brown until cooked through, 5 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, add the onion, red pepper and jalapeño. Sauté until the vegetables are softened but not browned, 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the rinsed and drained black beans. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a large measuring glass or bowl, combine the eggs, cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Spray 18 muffin cups with nonstick baking spray. Evenly portion the chorizo mixture into the cups. Add about one tablespoon shredded cheese to each cup. Then pour in the egg mixture. Top with more cheese and bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
  7. While baking, prepare the salsa.

For the salsa

  1. In a food processor, combine the chopped onion, garlic cloves, jalapeño (seeds removed for less heat or included for more), cilantro (without the stems), and salt.
  2. Pulse four to six times until the ingredients are broken down.
  3. Add the lime juice.
  4. Drain the tomatoes in a colander, making sure to reserve the juice. Add the drained tomatoes to the food processor and pulse about five times until obtaining a salsa consistency.
  5. Finish by adding the ketchup. Pulse two times to combine.

Notes

  • For a thinner salsa, add reserved tomato juice.
  • The salsa can be made two days before serving.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 173
  • Sugar: 3.3g
  • Sodium: 754.3mg
  • Fat: 10.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Protein: 9.2g
  • Cholesterol: 123.8mg

Keywords: brunch, big game, game day recipe

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