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LAist In The Kitchen: Updated Huevos Rancheros

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Huevos rancheros are a classic hearty Mexican breakfast: fried corn tortillas topped with a fried egg and tomato salsa (warm or cold), along with a side of refried beans and rice. It's filling for sure -- but hardly healthy. However, with a few tweaks you can customize this delicious dish into a health-conscious, flavor-filled breakfast or lunch.

Instead of frying the tortillas, bake them in the toaster until they are crisp. If fried eggs aren't your style, whip up some scrambled eggs or poached eggs. Refried beans too fatty for your taste? Puree a few cans of black beans with a dash of olive oil, a pinch of cumin, and a spritz of lime juice. Spread the black bean puree onto the baked tortillas, then layer on the eggs. Top it all off with homemade or canned tomato salsa (warm the salsa on the stove first for a nice touch). If you're feeling especially ambitious, mix it up huevos divorciados-style with salsa rojo and salsa verde.

The meal is complete with a bit of shredded cheese and a sprinkle of freshly chopped cilantro. Sour cream is nice as well. This is a great dish for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, and it will definitely get you through until dinner time.