huevos rancheros with zucchini


Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini

Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini

Huevos Rancheros con Calabacitas

Recipe Yield

4 servings

Cooking time

40 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.20 from 5 votes


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 jalapeño finely chopped, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe Roma tomatoes cored and chopped, don’t discard the seeds (about 5 to 7 tomatoes)
  • 1 large or 2 medium zucchinis chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil to cook the eggs

To Prepare

To make the salsa:

  • In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until hot, but not smoking, then add the onion and jalapeño, cook, stirring occasionally, until completely soft and translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the tomatoes and cook until they become soft, juicy and mushy, about 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the zucchini, cover, and cook for about 6 minutes or until zucchini is cooked through but still with a crisp bite, and the tomatoes are completely mushy. Remove the lid and turn off the heat.

To make the eggs:

  • Heat a small, 6-inch non-stick skillet over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes. Add half a teaspoon oil, once hot, crack two eggs at a time into the pan, sprinkle with salt to taste, cover with a lid, and cook to your preferred doneness. I give them about 5 minutes, as I like the whites fully cooked and the yolks runny. Serve with a generous amount of salsa on top.


43comments inHuevos Rancheros with Zucchini

  1. Alison

    Oct 17

    Delicious as always! Thanks!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 28

      Glad you liked them Alison 😉

  2. Ruby Ballesteros

    Jun 22

    I must try with zucchini.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 22

      Please do Ruby, you are going to love this recipe!

  3. Flora

    Jun 21

    I have never included zucchini in my Huevos Rancheros salsa, I will try it, it looks delicious…I enjoy the TV show, love the recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 23

      So glad you have been tuning in Flora, give Zucchini a chance in these Huevos, you are going to love them!


    Jun 13

    We enjoyed the recipe.

    Muchas gracias,

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 15

      So glad you did Marie, yay!

  5. Anonymous

    Apr 12

    Muy buenas noches Sra. Patti. Me encanto la receta de juegos rancheros con Zucchini. Muchas gracias por compartir sus recetas, que Dios la bendiga siempre.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 30

      Mil gracias por tus lindas palabras, que bueno que te gusto esta version de Huevos Rancheros 😉

  6. Curtis Rogers...good one.

    Mar 30

    finger linking good

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 04

      So glad you like them Curtis 😉

  7. Martha E Munguia

    Apr 14

    This is delicious and a total keeper! Easy to make and so tasty next time I will add more jalapeno. I’m not crazy about over spicy food but this is perfect. My husband wanted more of the sauce, zucchini and all!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 16

      Thanks Martha for giving a try to this recipe, glad to hear you guys loved it 😉

  8. Martha Munguia

    Apr 13

    Making this for breakfast tomorrow! Can’t wait! I was thinking of thinking of huevos rancheros and viola Pati posted this recipe! Brilliant.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 16

      Great Martha, these are some sort of huevos rancheros, you are right! Enjoy 😉

  9. Sandy

    Apr 04

    Gracias a Pati! I loved this recipe it was delicious and so easy to make. I did add a Serrano chili to make it bit spicy and it was a hit with the familia😁

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 06

      Great addition Sandy. Hugs to the family 😉

  10. Monica

    Mar 05

    Buenas querida Pati. I love your show, you’re so very talented! I just live soups & Im wondering if you have a recipe for Huevos Ahogados soup. I had the absolute pleasure of savouring this utmost delicious soup many years ago. A dear friend of mine from Districto Federal made it & I was blown away! I remember it having cactus & whole cooked eggs. Any help would be wonderful. Muchisimas gracias

    1. Pati

      Mar 07

      Oh I don’t have a recipe…but I’ll try to work on one soon, Monica.

  11. Lisa Tando, Japan

    Jul 25

    Hola Pati.
    I am Japanese who lives in japan.
    I enjoy your TV show, Pati’s Mexican table.
    I love this recipe and this is one of my favorite breakfast menu 🙂
    Jalapeños, I can not find it here in japan so please advise me if there is different ones for jalapeños!

    1. Pati

      Jul 30

      Thank you for tuning in from Japan, Lisa! If you can’t find jalapeños, you can skip them in the recipe or use a spicier chile like serrano.

  12. Stephanie Brown

    Nov 28

    Hi Pati! My family & I are all from the southeast, but we currently live in north Texas. We LOVE watching your show &, after months of consideration, I’ve finally decided to be brave & branch out to make the beautiful & flavorful foods you create. 🙂 This morning, I surprised my hubby with this dish, & he loved it! I even loved it, & this was my first ever time of cooking with jalapeño! Thank you for introducing us to wonderful world of Mexican flavor, & inspiring us to make it apart of our family meals & memories!

    1. Pati

      Nov 28

      Thank YOU Stephanie! I’m so glad you have been inspired by the show.

  13. lucy Dallas texas

    Aug 28

    Me gusto mucho tu receta de macarrony and el flan
    soy del D F

    1. Pati

      Sep 05

      Gracias Lucy!

  14. Julia Hermosillo

    Mar 06

    Paty yo no hablo mucho ingles pero no me pierdo tu recetas. en una sola palabra DELIC IOSOS!!!! Desde Calfornia aunque soy de Guadalajara. Y se paso aprendo ingles.

    1. Pati

      Mar 10

      Muchas gracias Julia!

  15. Lance

    Mar 04

    I gave this ago today, however I did also burn my skillet (not badly thankfully) while cooking my eggs even with following the recipe.

    Still tastes pretty damn good for a first attempt.

    1. Pati

      Mar 06

      So glad you liked it Lance!

  16. Rebecca N Kavanaugh

    Jul 21

    I love you copking show.have prepared some of your dishes. Delicous!!! Does tour cookbook contain all the recipes?

    1. Pati

      Jul 21

      Hi Rebecca, Thank you for watching! My cookbook has some recipes from the show, and many I was saving especially for the book. All of the recipes from the TV show are on my website under “TV Show.”

      You can find my book here:

  17. lee rozell

    Jun 07

    I am looking for recepie on salmon that you put in icebox for up to 3days thank you

  18. Josie Sutherland

    Apr 07

    I made huevos rancheros & Yucatan Style french toast today for my husband and I, really love them….I’m going to make them for my daughters & grandkids…..

    1. Pati

      Apr 08

      Thank you, Josie!

  19. daphne

    Mar 09

    the best ,its easy and fast and healthy.

    1. Pati

      Mar 09

      Glad you like the recipe!

  20. Cesaar Santucci

    Feb 22

    Great idea to use the zuccini! Also finally found samon pprep that I like.

    thanks so muck!!!


    1. Pati

      Feb 23


  21. Marguerite Sabo

    Feb 20

    the flan was great and all guest enjoyed. Looking forward to more good meals

  22. Marguerite Sabo

    Feb 11

    Live in Puerto Penasco, Sonora,MX and love cooking and eating mexican food. Making your Orange flan for my dinner company tonight.

    1. Pati

      Feb 11


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