Breaking Bad (2008-2013): Huevos Rancheros

Get a Taste of New Mexico: How to Make Huevos Rancheros from Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad, the critically acclaimed crime drama series, not only captivated audiences with its gripping storyline and characters but also with its depiction of New Mexico’s cuisine. One dish in particular that stands out is huevos rancheros, a classic breakfast dish that’s popular in the American Southwest. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at huevos rancheros and how you can make it at home.

Huevos rancheros consist of a fried egg, served on top of a corn tortilla and smothered in a tomato-based sauce. The sauce is typically made with tomatoes, onions, chili peppers, and spices like cumin and oregano. The dish is often topped with cheese, avocado, and cilantro for added flavour.

In “Breaking Bad,” huevos rancheros are a favourite breakfast dish of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) and his family. It’s often seen on the breakfast table in their home, and the dish even makes an appearance in one of the show’s most memorable scenes, when Walter meets with drug kingpin Tuco Salamanca at a Mexican restaurant.

Making huevos rancheros at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients. You’ll need corn tortillas, eggs, canned diced tomatoes, onion, jalapeño pepper, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. To make the sauce, sauté the onion, jalapeño pepper, and garlic in a pan until soft. Add the canned tomatoes and spices, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Fry the eggs in a separate pan, and serve them on top of the corn tortillas, with the tomato sauce spooned on top.

Huevos rancheros is a delicious and satisfying breakfast dish that’s perfect for a lazy weekend morning or brunch with friends. And for fans of “Breaking Bad,” it’s a way to connect with the show’s characters and experience the flavours of New Mexico.

How to make a Worthy Huevos Rancheros

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The Mexican name for this dish is ‘huevos rancheros’ – eggs with chillies, tomatoes and peppers in burritos. It’s absolutely great if you’ve got a few mates around, and even better if you’ve got a hangover you’re trying to shake off!


  • 1 onion

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 2 red peppers

  • 2 fresh red or orange chillies

  • olive oil

  • 1 large dried chilli

  • 3 fresh bay leaves

  • 2 x 400 g tins of quality plum tomatoes

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes

  • 6 large eggs

  • 6 tortillas

  • Cheddar cheese, to serve


  • Peel and finely slice the onions and garlic. Deseed and finely slice the peppers and chillies.
  • Get a large frying pan (make sure you’ve got a lid to go with it) on high heat and add several good lugs of olive oil.
  • Add the onion, garlic, peppers, fresh and dried chillies, bay leaves and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper, and cook for 15 minutes, or until softened and caramelised, stirring regularly.
  • Pour in the tomatoes, using a spoon or potato masher to break them up. Bring to boil, then turn down to medium heat and cook for a further 5 minutes to reduce the sauce.
  • When you’ve got a nice thick tomato stew consistency, have a taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed.
  • Slice the fresh tomatoes and lay them over the top of the mixture.
  • Use a spoon to make small wells in the tomato stew, then crack in the eggs so they poach in the thick, delicious juices – try to crack them in as quickly as you can so they all get to cook for roughly the same amount of time.
  • Season from a height put the lid on and let the eggs cook for around 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
  • Warm the tortillas while this is happening. You can pop them into the oven at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for a few minutes, microwave them for a few seconds or even lay them over the lid of the pan so they heat up as the eggs cook.
  • Take the lid off and check your eggs by giving them a poke with your finger. When they’re done to your liking, turn the heat off and take the pan to the table with the warmed tortillas, the Cheddar and a grater so everyone can get involved and make their own. Personally, I like to grate a bit of cheese right onto a warm tortilla, spoon an egg and some of the wonderful tomato stew on top, wrap it up, and eat it right away. What a beautiful way to wake up!

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  • If you wanted to take this dish one step further, for a late brunch you could serve it with black beans, some steamed rice and a bottle of Tabasco or chilli sauce beside it. Give it a go!