Baked Egg Casserole

Baked Egg Casserole

Cazuela de Huevos Rancheros
4 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese, Eggs, ham, Monterrey Jack cheese, mozzarella, Oaxaca cheese, pati's mexican table, refried beans, Salsa, Tomatoes, turkey
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Baked Egg Casserole recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 12 “Baked!”


  • 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.

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  1. 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!!

  2. 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 💜☺️💜

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 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 🙂

  6. 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..

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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!!

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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!;)

  20. 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 breakfast anytime. patti’s Mexican table is one of my favorite Shows to DVR!

  21. 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.


  22. 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.