So much of my inspiration in the kitchen comes from when my daughters and I lived in Mexico City. When it comes to breakfast, huevos rancheros were a big part of our weekend brunch. We would go out to our favourite neighbourhood restaurant, where the aroma of freshly made corn tortillas filled the air and start our Saturday in the best way possible. Bathed in a fiery tomato sauce and topped with dollops of refried black beans, these huevos rancheros are the ones I make at home when the craving for a hearty Mexican breakfast strikes.
Excerpted from Diala’s Kitchen by Diala Canelo. Copyright © 2020 by Diala Canelo. Cover and interior photography by Diala Canelo. Published by Penguin an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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In a blender, combine the black beans, ½ cup of cilantro, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chipotle, water and salt. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
In a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 1 minute. Pour in the tomatoes, sprinkle the mixture with chili powder and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside, keeping warm.
In a medium frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the black bean mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe the pan clean.
In the same pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Carefully crack the eggs into the pan, leaving space between each egg. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the whites are cooked and no longer translucent and the yolks are still runny. Transfer to a plate. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Wipe the pan clean.
In the same pan over medium-high heat, toast the tortillas, about 2 minutes per side. A few charred spots are OK.
To serve, top each tortilla with refried beans, a fried egg, tomato sauce, cheese and avocado and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro.