chipotlebreadOaxaca cheese

Señor Breakfast Sandwich

Señor Breakfast Sandwich

Señor Sándwich

Recipe Yield

4 servings

Cooking time

15 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.84 from 6 votes


For the chipotle béchamel:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more to butter baking sheet
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup cold milk
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sauce from chipotles in adobo sauce or chopped chipotles in adobo
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the sandwiches:

  • 8 slices of sandwich bread
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded Oaxaca cheese or 8 slices of muenster
  • 8 thin slices of baked ham
  • 8 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for cooking the eggs
  • Slices of ripe avocado for garnish

To Prepare

To make the chipotle béchamel:

  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Once it begins to bubble, incorporate the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly, until it turns into a paste and begins to smell toasty, and the color begins to turn amber.
  • Add the cold milk and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Dijon, chipotles in adobo, salt, and pepper to taste, and mix well. Once it has reached the desired thickness, about the consistency of a pudding, turn off the heat and set aside.

To make the sandwiches:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a baking sheet.
  • Place the slices of bread on the baking sheet and spread a couple tablespoons of the chipotle béchamel onto 4 slices. Put a couple slices of ham onto each of the other 4 slices of bread. Top all 8 slices of bread with cheese, splitting about 1/3 cup of shredded cheese per sandwich. Place in the oven and bake until bread is toasty and cheese is melted, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, set small skillet over low heat. Once hot, add a few drops of oil. Once the oil is hot, 2 at a time, crack the eggs into the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook until desired doneness. I do about 4 minutes for sunny side up eggs with runny yolks and set egg whites.
  • Remove the sandwiches from oven, close the sandwiches and put a pair of sunny side up eggs on top.


36comments inSeñor Breakfast Sandwich

  1. Allan Jibben

    Jan 07

    I like your Senor Breakfast Sandwich and when I went to print the recipe, the picture or image isn’t available. Why?
    Thank you for your time and your reply.
    Allan Jibben

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 14

      Hi Allan, we have not included photos in the printed version of recipes, but it is such a great suggestion, thanks so much!

  2. Virginia

    Sep 06

    I Made this sandwich for my kids after school and they just love them Thankyou Patty for all this recipes and Your programs We don’t have time to see them when they are on tv but we recorded them and is our family time watching them ! Thankyou!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 11

      So happy the kids enjoyed this sandwich Virginia, and thanks so much for tuning in, you guys are the best!

  3. Billy Lowrimore

    Jan 04

    I made these for brunch today for my boyfriend and he said it was one of the best things he’s ever eaten. You’re the best, Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 05

      Aw, thanks Billy, so glad he liked it, yay!

  4. Carlos Ayala

    Apr 11

    This sandwich kind of reminds me of this French Croque Monseiur sandwich (And the Croque Madame too actually, since I make my mom’s with a fried egg on top) I once made, but with a Mexican update, and it crazily has almost the same ingredients! But considering we’re both crazy for Oaxaca cheese (and I’ve started liking more spicy things 😉 ), I feel like now trying this version out. I have two questions, though. If you prefer not to use the peppers themselves but want a similar flavor, could you use chipotle powder (If so, how much?)? And then, I personally love a really cheesy bechamel. So can you melt some of the Oaxaca cheese into the sauce while using the rest on the sandwich itself?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 20

      Go for it, Carlos! An extra cheesy sauce sounds yum. For the chipotles, I do recommend you use chipotles in adobo, as the adobo sauce has a delicious flavor.

      1. Carlos Ayala

        Oct 25

        Update: I made the sandwich for brunch, and it was a hit!! Melting some of the Oaxaca into the bechamel made it super yummy, and I sautéd the ham a little before adding it to the sandwich. I give this recipe a 10/10!!

        1. Pati Jinich

          Oct 26


  5. Raquel Beltran de Carson California

    Mar 30

    Just a note to let you know that my now 7 year old granddaughter and I watch the shows and prepare meals from it. This one of her favorites, Senor JuJu (she loves the name and his appearance). She sings the intro song for the selected segments. She decides which recipies to try by the number of times you Paty say “hmm” when testing it at the end of the show. She requires at least 3 “humm, hm, hum, hum.” 4 at preferred.

    Gracias a ud Paty y a su equipo.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 13

      Too adorable! Thank you for sharing Raquel, and say hi to your granddaughter for me!

  6. Cathy Whitney In La Honda, calif.

    Dec 24

    Hola Pati, thank you for this recipe. I research Mexican food, and cook it all the time. We bring back Menonita Chihuahua cheese twice a year when we go to Puerto Vallarta, and I used it in this sandwich. I hate substituting ingredients when making a recipe for the first time, but I didn’t have ham so I used bacon instead(isn’t just about everything is better with bacon?) really delicious and a huge hit here! We love your show, and I am constantly inspired by you! Happy Holidays to you and yours!😘

    1. Pati

      Jan 01

      Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed the sandwich, Cathy! And bacon is always a yum substitute 😉 Have a very Happy 2019!

  7. Steve M

    Dec 22


    Made this this AM and wow this was great!! Thank you.

    1. Pati

      Dec 23

      I’m glad you had a yum breakfast, Steve.

  8. Donna

    Nov 08

    This one aired again today in Santa Fe. My fiance will love this sandwich this weekend. He discovered southwestern and Mexican food after moving here a couple years ago. Thank you!

    1. Pati

      Nov 09

      Oh enjoy the weekend, Donna, and I hope your fiance and you love the sandwich!

  9. Debbie

    May 06

    I just watched this episode of your show with the Señor Breakfast sandwich,and the what we call “Street Dogs”with the bacon wrapped sausage. All the recipes look delicious and I enjoy seeing your sons participating with you. Keep doing what you are doing,Pati❤

    1. Pati

      May 07

      Oh thank you Debbie!

  10. Mrs P. Cuello

    Apr 12

    What a blessing to discover a TV cooking show that is relaxed yet intelligent. The warmth of the interactions of both family and guests just adds immeasurably to the warmth of the delicious food. I thank you and so does my family!

    1. Pati

      Apr 13

      Oh thank you so much Mrs. Cuello!

  11. Cathy

    Feb 10

    If I can’t find those two cheese, what else can I use on the sandwich.

    1. Pati

      Feb 12

      You can use your favorite cheeses 🙂

  12. Chris Velasco

    Dec 31

    Hola Pati! Could you please tell me the brand name of the small non stick orange skillet with the lid that you used to cook the eggs in this episode? My wife has seen you use this pan in two episodes and she is going crazy trying to find that exact pan in stores. I’d like to surprise her with it. Thank you!

    1. Pati

      Jan 04

      Oh those were a gift…so not sure.

      1. Chris Velasco

        Jan 05

        I found it! By pausing a recorded episode (huevos rancheros con calabacitas) just at the right time, I was able to see the brand name on the lid, and I found them online, in case anyone else is interested. It is the IMUSA 6 inch mini casserole egg pan.

        1. Pati

          Jan 05

          Awesome Chris! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Brigitte

    Dec 29

    I made it this Morning and we loved it, next time I will put more sauce on the Bread!
    Thank you

    1. Pati

      Dec 29

      So glad you loved it!

  14. Daniel Sample

    Dec 28

    I made this sandwich about an hour ago. It was wonderful.
    I wanted to also encourage you to continue in your work. I love how you are teaching me to manipulate the sauces I know, in ways I’d never thought of before, and how you opened me to a variety of different flavors of rice, and the technique used to to accomplish authentic Mexican Cuisine. Much love to you, and your family.

    1. Pati

      Dec 28

      Oh thank you so much for this lovely comment, Daniel!

      1. Daniel Sample

        Dec 29

        You’re very welcome Pati. I must give credit where it’s due. 😊

        1. Pati

          Dec 29


  15. Jen Murray

    Nov 28

    What is the small egg skillet with lid that you used

    1. Pati

      Nov 30

      ​Oh that is a small non stick skillet with a lid, they sell them in many stores!

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