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May 25, 2008 01:59 PM

Where / What is the name of this mexican breakfast dish?

Someone on this board made me crave this mexican breakfast dish now by describing it a while ago:

Fried eggs between tostados smothered in green sauce and served with black beans and rice

What is the name of this dish or something close to it? Where should I try it?

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  1. Sounds like a version of:

    Huevos Rancheros: corn tortillas, topped with eggs, usually fried, smothered with chile and cheese.

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    1. re: jeanmarieok


      When I've ordered Huevos Rancheros before, I just received tortillas on the side, or if underneath the eggs, they weren't crunchy.

      1. re: jeanmarieok

        Sounds like New Mexico style Huevos Rancheros. I've had them in Albuquerque where the eggs were served on a freshly fried corn tortilla with a hatch chile sauce and black beans on the side. Haven't had anything similar in Austin though.

      2. might be a verison of a Sope. A sope is a thick corn tortilla that you normally indent in the middle to make a divet, then you put your filling on top. I usually do huevos chiles verdes or huevos ranchero sopes. Or mole sopes.. although the sope is not normally crispy it is more between semi soft and al dente. either way it is very is a dish of the norteno region of mexico my guelita is from zacatecas and made it all the time..good stuff BTW the egg is just bolita (over easy in english) bolita mean small ball. That way the yolk runs out and mixes with the flavors...

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        1. It sounds like New Mexican stacked enchiladas to me. And you can find them at Chuy's and Jorge's.

          1. Thanks everyone!

            So I should ask for New Mexico style Huevos Rancheros with Fried Eggs instead of chicken or beef?

            I'd bet most places would be able and perhaps willing to make it if I knew exactly what to ask for.

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              1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                Wow that's it or very close!

                I'll print out that page and take it with me...(nerdy, aye? )

                1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                  Elsi's on Burnet Rd. serves motuleƱos, though they aren't on crunchy tortillas and the sauce is a chunky red sauce. It's my favorite breakfast there.

                  1. re: AlanV

                    I forgot to mention my fave motulenos is (was) at el sol y la luna. Unfortunately I haven't been there in ages since they took all heat and spice out of everything.

                    1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                      Chuckles, save your money! Not only is everything bland and flavorless, the last time that I was there for lunch (within 4 mos.) I was served cold salmon enchiladas. As in, the tortillas, the cheese, and the sauce were lukewarm and the salmon inside was ICE COLD.

                      The place was pretty empty for a lunch service, so I figured it wouldn't be any hassle to let the waitress know and request another (cooked) order. Wrong. The waitress gave me major attitude about returning the plate, even though I asked her to touch the inside of my (former) enchilada. When she brought me out a new one, she said nothing as she dropped it onto the table in front of me. The salmon inside this enchilada was lukewarm, as was the rest of the dish; correction: the rice was cold. In short, I will not be back, which is a shame because it's so close to home.

                  2. re: chucklesmcfarland

                    Good link. I used to live on them in Merida years ago except they were about twice as high as those in the picture--sometimes even with three tostadas. God, for another breakfast back in the Yucatan and a nice big matrimonio hammock to swing in while digesting the eggs and a 6-pack of Montejo beer.

                    1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                      Manuel's downtown on Congress has good huevos motulenos too!

                    2. re: sweet100s

                      Just don't ask expect to find rancheros like that in New Mexico. I lived there for 25 years and Huevos Rancheros are never done with crispy tortillas unless the cook left them on the grill too long after they were heated through--and not, traditionally, with black beans. Also the eggs are always served on top of a tortilla never between two of them. Although I love black beans, in NM you will usually receive creamy refrieds with that kiss of lard that keeps you burping until it's close to lunch time. Occassionally you might get pintos that aren't refried--more like Texas-style borracho beans. I've had black beans there also, but you'll seldom find them in the famous local cafes.

                      Also stacked enchiladas are normally not served with tostadas but with tortillas heated with oil on the grill. Sorry to be so picky--or defensive?-- but NM food is too good to be misrepresented.

                      I'd tend to agree with chuckles about the motulenos. Those include fresh crispy tostadas and black beans and also--in Yucatan at least--include ham and sometimes even peas along with the eggs.

                    3. Trudy's also has amazing huevos motulenos!