Señor Breakfast Sandwich

Señor Breakfast Sandwich

Señor Sándwich
4 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chipotles in adobo, Eggs, ham, Oaxaca cheese, pati's mexican table
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Señor Breakfast Sandwich recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 6, Episode 12 "Cheesy" 


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.

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  1. 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. 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. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!😘

  4. 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!

  5. 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❤

  6. 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!

  7. 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. 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.

  8. Pati,
    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.