Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini

Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini

Huevos Rancheros con Calabacitas
4 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Eggs, jalapeno, onion, pati's mexican table, Tomatoes, Zucchini
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 10 “Brunch at the Jinich House”


  • 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.

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  1. 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!

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

  3. 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😁

  4. 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

  5. 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. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

    1. 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:

  10. 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…..

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