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Baked Egg Casserole

Baked Egg Casserole

Cazuela de Huevos Rancheros

Recipe Yield

4 servings

Cooking time

20 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.29 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil for frying eggs
  • 8 eggs
  • To taste kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 3 cups refried beans
  • 8 slices of turkey or ham
  • 1 batch salsa ranchera
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated cheese such as Oaxaca, mozzarella or Monterrey Jack

To Prepare

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium skillet set over medium-low heat, heat a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Once hot, crack in 4 eggs, sprinkle with salt, and cover with a lid. Cook for about 3 minutes, until eggs are set, but not fully done, and the yolk is gooey. Repeat with the remaining 4 eggs, or make two skillets at once.
  • In an individual casserole, ovenproof bowl or large ramekin, spoon 3/4 cup refried beans, add a slice of turkey or ham, and a pair of the cooked eggs. Ladle in a generous amount of salsa ranchera to completely cover, and add shredded cheese on top. Assemble the rest of the casseroles. Alternatively, it can be made in a large casserole for everyone to share.
  • Place in the oven until the cheese has completely melted, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Comments

66comments inBaked Egg Casserole

  1. Michael

    Jun 13

    I’ve made this recipe, with some variations, at least a dozen times now and I think I like it more each time. So simple, so good, and so easy. The salsa ranchera really makes it — I even got a comal, or cast iron griddle, for the last batch. With summer coming up and fresh, vine ripe tomatoes on the horizon, I’ll be making this more and more, and looking for your other salsa recipes. Mexican cuisine is so wonderful, so varied, and so flavorful, I just have to thank you for making it more accessible — and fun. Maybe you have a show on the uses of the many peppers? Blessings to you and your family.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 15

      Thanks so much for the very kind words Michael, so glad you are enjoying this dish.

  2. Cajun spice

    Apr 25

    There’s a first for everything! I tend to be very careful with Mexican dishes in restaurants. I have an allergy to Avocado. I made and served this dish for Easter brunch for the family and it was definitely a keeper. I will continue to explore at home dishes without Avocado. Your TV show is wonderful. Thanks for the education.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 25

      So glad you loved this recipe and had an amazing Easter brunch. Tons of avocado free recipes here in the website, enjoy!

  3. Josiah Owen

    Apr 10

    Pati! I just made this with leftover carnitas on the bottom with the beans and I added extra veggies and hot sauce in lieu of a good salsa on hand. It was all amazing! The carnitas was your recipe (WITH the sweetened condensed milk, it really matters!) and then I actually layed it all on a crispy tortilla. Gracias por esta receta!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      This sounds amazing Josiah! Thanks for making this recipe you own and sharing it with all of us 🙂

  4. JOHN KEVIN OBRIEN

    Apr 02

    Patti your casserole is just the basics. I add three types of peppers, onions, ham, three cheeses, salsa that i have cooked open fire, and sausage with sage seasoning which I also make from scratch with my mothers old hand crank meat grinder. This is all done in an iron skillet then placed into the oven. Love your recipes and ideas for making each meal different and nutritious.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 04

      Thanks for sharing John, so glad you like my recipes 😉

  5. Kitty Powers

    Mar 31

    Love your tv show!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Thanks so much Kitty! Stay tuned because the new season from Jalisco will be premiering in the Fall, yay!

  6. Walt Devine

    Feb 08

    I would like know to bake the common rolls too

  7. Jen

    Aug 28

    Oh my goodness, I made this for dinner tonight and it was pure heaven and a comfort food recipe that I will make again and again. We love breakfast for dinner and this recipe is a winner!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Breakfast for dinner is my thing as well Jen, so glad to hear you love this casserole 😉

  8. Carol

    Aug 03

    OMG…my husband and I LOVED this dish! I used one jalapeño and added sliced avacados over the ham. Thank you for the new tastes 💜☺️💜

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 04

      Yummy Carol, so glad you enjoyed the casserole 😉

  9. Tom

    Jul 19

    Ahh, I wish I could buy seasons 1 and 2 on DVD recording or something like that.
    We tried this Baked Egg Casserole and enjoy it as a very satisfying comfort food breakfast. Even though some ingredients may be similar this one as a casserole really does seem like a little different meal from the Huevos Rancheros. Thank you for sharing and for all your hard work on the show.
    Oh, somewhere you said during a show that you find it happy and satisfying when you are using all 10 burners on your stove. I do feel almost exactly the same way about cooking except that because problems in my family came up I have not graduated up to the 10-burner stove yet.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 19

      Thanks for the feedback Tom, glad you enjoyed this Casserole 😉 Hope the family situation resolves soon, stay strong!

  10. Michael

    Jul 13

    Hi Pati, I watch and enjoy your show regularly. I saw the episode with this recipe and found it in your cookbook which I have. I had to try it. I used refried pinto beans that I had prepared for a Tex-Mex lunch earlier in the week. So, Sunday morning I prepared the Rustic Ranchero Salsa, shredded the cheese, heated the refried beans, lightly fried the ham, lightly cooked eggs sunny side up, and then assembled the dishes. I used my Mexican style oven proof plates. I deviated from the recipe by first placing crisp corn tostadas on the plates, then layering beans, ham, eggs, salsa and cheese. Into the oven for about four minutes until the cheese was melted. The result? Fantastic! My wife and I both loved it. I thought it was one of the best recipes I have tried. Thank you so much.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 14

      So perfect, thanks Michael! So glad you and your wife enjoyed!

  11. Emily

    Jun 27

    I love the recipes for refried beans and salsa ranchera linked in this recipe. They were both flavorful, delicious, and fun to make! Unfortunately I had issues getting the entire thing to heat through. I think my first issue is that I misinterpreted the egg cooking instructions and fried my eggs so that the whites were mostly set but not completely, assuming they would finish cooking in the oven. I assembled the casserole in a shallow dutch oven, which may have been the wrong choice. The beans and salsa had both been in the fridge overnight, as I made them ahead, so they were cold going into the dish. I factored this in and added 5 minutes onto the cook time from the beginning. When I took it out to serve, the beans were not as warm as I’d like and I discovered (while eating) that the egg whites were still raw. My fault, but I just want to warn anyone who may have interpreted the instructions as I did. Cook your eggs as much as you would as if you were going to eat them straight out of the frying pan and sunny side up! Get the whites COMPLETELY set. The yolks will stay runny while baking. If you make the beans ahead of time, consider heating them up separately before adding to the casserole.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 27

      Thanks Emily for your message! So glad you like this Casserole, and thanks so much for sharing with us your experience while cooking it, very useful tips and advice 🙂

  12. Tina

    Jun 21

    Made this for brunch today. It was amazing! Thank you Pati! you are my hero~

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 21

      Thanks to you Tina, glad you liked this recipe 😉

  13. Jim

    Aug 04

    How long and at what temperature do you cook the casserole?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 05

      The over should be at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and cook it for about 4-5 minutes until the cheese is all melted.

  14. Susana Miranda

    Oct 13

    Hi Pati,
    I just watched your episode with the egg casserole, refried beans, ham and eggs.. It looks so yummy.. My husband (from Costa Rica) didn’t want to watch a cooking show.. but I insisted. No regrets on our parts.. The cinnamon rolls looked to die for. And the fruit!!!! Wowwwww!!
    I loved your presentation!! You are adorable.. I am going to make the casserole right now.
    So happy to have found you, and your comfort food.
    My parents were German immigrants but I was born in Canada, now live in Colorado..

    1. Pati

      Oct 23

      Aww thank you so much Susana! I’m so happy you found me too.

  15. Crystal

    Sep 09

    I literally just saw this episode of had to try this. I loved that it calls for everyday ingredients in my home. I used black beans and added some pico. Delicious!

    This is the best breakfast casserole! Thank you sooo much for sharing.

    1. Pati

      Sep 10

      So glad you made it your own, Crystal.

  16. F

    Feb 23

    I love this recipe ! I made the eggs more to my liking omelette style and used canned chopped green chilies , Thank you

    1. Pati

      Feb 26

      That’s great that you made the recipe your own 🙂

  17. Joy

    Nov 03

    Hi Pati. I love your personality and you’ve taught me so many great things about Mexico and Mexican cooking. I made your baked egg casserole and my husband absolutely loves it. He gets so excited when he sees me making it. Probably like when your boys get excited when they see you making their favorite dish. Best wishes!

    1. Pati

      Nov 07

      Awesome!!!

  18. Randy

    Oct 30

    Hi Pati, I just started watching you recently, I love Mexican food. Tons of flavor, minimal ingredients. I’m really looking forward to trying this one. I see other tv chefs cooking eggs in oil too, they are so much better in the same amount of bacon grease. After I try this dish I’ll let you know how it turned out. Love your show, thank you.

    1. Pati

      Oct 31

      Oh great! I hope you enjoy the eggs Randy.

  19. Gordon

    Jun 28

    I’ve made this family style in a large casserole several times since I first saw it on your show. It is just wonderful. I like it without making any changes, but I’ve also modified it to use scrambled eggs (my family doesn’t particularly like fried) and I’ve substituted chorizo for the ham, just for fun. I made it for a work breakfast and now the folks in the office keep asking me to make it again. Thanks Pati.

    1. Pati

      Jun 30

      Gordon, I’m super happy that you, your family, and your office all enjoy it.

  20. Maren

    Jan 04

    My husband doesn’t like fried eggs either, so I was going to try scrambled too. Glad to read this tip! I’m not a morning person, so when we have fancy breakfasts like this, it is always for dinner! Looks delicious, can’t wait to try it.

    1. Pati

      Jan 05

      =) Thanks for trying it, Maren!

  21. Pati

    Nov 15

    From one Pati to another, this is such a delicious casserole. I made it for breakfast this morning. Both my husband and I sat eating and savoring the flavors. Unlike you, I really do not like breakfast, but this I will make again.
    Thank you.

    1. Pati

      Nov 17

      I’m so happy you liked it!

  22. Jody

    Nov 08

    Pati, thanks so much for this recipe. Mine didn’t turn out as beautiful as yours 🙁 I made it in a 9×9 casserole dish w/6 eggs. I used canned black beans that I mashed up a bit, but it came out watery. My man ate half his serving, then put the other half in a flour tortilla and ate it like a breakfast burrito, lol. The presentation was pretty ugly, but it got a 7 out of 10 over all. I will try again soon. Thanks again Pati. Love your show and love to see your visits to Mexico!!!

    1. Pati

      Nov 09

      Thank you so much for trying my recipe and for your kind words! Try again with refried beans if you like them… =) Let me know how the second batch turns out!

  23. Elaine

    Nov 05

    Pati, this was wonderful. We made this for dinner instead of breakfast since we like eggs sometimes for dinner and this was perfect! Only change I made was to sub four toasted corn tortillas for the meat. (I did half the recipe for two of us). It was so good and we will do this again many times. Thanks so much, Pati, for such a wonderful and easy recipe!

    1. Pati

      Nov 06

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it!

  24. Don f

    Oct 24

    hi pati … Absolutely love your show… Also you have the cutest accent I love it keep cooking such great food I love the breakfast recipe with the refried beans jalapeños all the rest looks awesome can’t wait to try it take care good luck to you as wishes

    1. Pati

      Oct 27

      Ecstatic you like my show, Don!!! Thank you so much for your kind words and for trying my recipes!

  25. DianaQ

    Oct 06

    Buen punto! Gracias!

  26. Diana

    Oct 03

    Mi marido y yo no somos fans de los huevos fritos. Me pregunto cómo quedará con revueltos.
    Se ve deliciosa!

    1. Pati

      Oct 04

      Te va a quedar deliciosa, pero solamente ten cuidado de que le pongas a la caserola los huevos cocidos solo hasta tiernitos: no los seques mucho en el sartén porque se van a seguir cociendo en el horno.

  27. Jessica Bellis

    Sep 13

    I just saw this episode and had to come get this recipe. It looks amazing!!! I can not wait to make this and the cinnamon rolls for my family one night this week. Thank you!!

    1. Pati

      Sep 13

      Hope you love it as much as we do!

  28. Rochetta

    Aug 14

    Hello Pati,
    I enjoy watching your show on PBS in Rochester, N.Y. I made the Baked Egg Casserole for breakfast today for my husband and I this morning. It was delicious! My husband had a second helping. We both love to cook and enjoy eating a variety foods. Mexican dishes are one of our favorite’s. This was my first time trying the different layers of ingredients this recipe called for and believe me, I was not disappointed.
    We love your cooking show and wish you continuous success! Keep doing what you love to do Pati! ~Rochetta

  29. Rochetta

    Aug 14

    Hello Pati,

    I enjoy watching your show on PBS in Rochester, N.Y. I made the Baked Egg Casserole for breakfast today for my husband and I this morning. It was delicious! My husband had a second helping. We both love to cook and enjoy eating a variety foods. Mexican dishes are one of our favorite’s. This was my first time trying the different layers of ingredients this recipe called for and believe me, I was not disappointed.
    We love your cooking show and wish you continuous success! Keep doing what you love to do Pati! ~Rochetta

    1. Pati

      Aug 21

      Thank you so much, Rochetta!! You’re making my afternoon!

  30. Crystal

    Aug 02

    Ohh myy!! I just made this! It did NOT disappoint!! Thank you soooo much! It was amazing! Definitely making this at least twice a month… Probably more!;)

    1. Pati

      Aug 03

      YAAAAAY!

  31. Lori

    Jul 18

    I am going to try this. I have been spoiled because my son in law is Mexican and he and my daughter cooks authentic Mexican dishes! One my favorites of theirs is Chiliquiles..love breakfast anytime. patti’s Mexican table is one of my favorite Shows to DVR!

    1. Pati

      Jul 19

      Thank you so much, Lori! You are lucky to have family that cooks Mexican too 🙂

  32. Carl Lorenz

    Jul 08

    Just to clarify, I did add beans to the bottom, and ham, fried eggs… But not MY beans and MY ham. Commonly, I cook Boston Baked Black Eyed Peas and Bacon, and in the Summer, BBQ my hams. Damn good, and a Boca Breakfast like that would really Pop! Tentatively.

    Thanks lots! You are quickly becoming my favorite cooking show on PBS. Far more entertaining than the rest, that is for sure. And everything looks so freakin’ good.

    Carl

  33. Carl Lorenz

    Jul 07

    I saw the episode on Saturday and decided “We’re going to have a Boca Breakfast Casserole tomorrow!
    So I made a big one with 7 eggs in it, lots of Ham and salsa and cheese.
    It’s was pretty darn good, though I didn’t have my beans or my ham.

    Does it turn out better in the individual containers? Mine are ramekins.

    This has been a good season! Wonderful job to you and the crew.

    1. Pati

      Jul 08

      Thanks, Carl! It comes out just as good in a big casserole or small ramekins… but do add some beans!

  34. David Derrough

    Jul 05

    I was wanting to try this. Are you supposed to use 2 slices of ham per individual dish?

    1. Pati

      Jul 05

      Yes, exactly. If the ham slices are too big or thick, you can opt for one.

  35. Carrie

    Jun 24

    Best breakfast casserole ever!

    1. Pati

      Jun 24

      I have to agree….

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