Huevos Divorciados is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish, a tasty tortilla featuring sunny-side-up eggs and two incredibly delicious salsas: roja and verde. This simple yet savory egg recipe is one of my favorite Mexican foods for a breakfast full of Latin flavors. These “divorced eggs” are served with a little bit of cheese and fresh avocado, the perfect way to start the day!
Huevos Divorciados On a Tortilla: A Match Made in Foodie Heaven
We love tortillas in our family and have them with everything. I grew up in Guatemala, where we ate tortillas with every meal instead of bread. Tortillas are simply amazing, taking everyday recipes to a whole different level!
When it comes to recipes using tortillas, the options are endless. You can get creative and go beyond tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. A freshly made tortilla can be the base for all sorts of delicious Mexican dishes, from red chilaquiles to enchiladas to this delicious like huevos divorciados recipe.
Cinco de Mayo, a day that commemorates the Battle of Puebla in Mexico, has been adopted in the United States to celebrate Mexican flavors, music, and colors. So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, I decided to create one of my favorite Mexican dishes: huevos divorciados or divorced eggs. It is a simple dish that makes for a delicious breakfast, and it’s also very colorful and festive, combining the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white, and red).
What are Huevos Divorciados or Divorced Eggs?
It is a typical Mexican breakfast featuring two sunny-side-up eggs nestled on a fresh tortilla and two delicious salsas. Yes, you read it right, two savory salsas! The traditional salsa roja and salsa verde.
Since eggs are such an accommodating ingredient, you will find many variations for this traditional Mexican recipe. For example, some people serve the eggs over a bed of hash brown-style potatoes and chorizo. In contrast, others prefer black beans in the middle of the plate and tortillas on the side. Me? I love the mild taste of refried black beans smeared over a freshly made tortilla and the two salsas barely touching each other.
Huevos divorciados is a simple breakfast recipe perfect for fussy eaters: you can leave out or put in anything you like! And with this easy recipe, you and your kids won’t have to pick sides anymore!
What are the Ingredients for Huevos Divorciados Recipe?
- Salsa roja y salsa verde
- Black refried beans
The star of the show is, of course, the eggs! But like any great “foodie” play, the supporting actors are essential to its success. Enter tortillas, salsas, and beans! The salsa roja (red sauce) and salsa verde (green sauce) bring all the Mexican flavor, while the mild taste of the beans balances everything out. And the perfect ending, everything over a bed of a soft tortilla!
Why are huevos called divorciados?
The simple answer is because of the two different colored sauces on separate sides, one sauce covering each egg, so they are literally “divorced.” The name comes from how the eggs are visually served, usually divided with the salsa roja and salsa verde.
Some do side dishes between the eggs to emphasize the separation even more, like refried beans, chorizo, potatoes, or rice. In my case, I love spreading the beans on a tortilla and having the sauces do all the breakup. Any way you try it, these Mexican breakfast eggs will have the same delicious outcome!
Huevos Divorciados vs Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros or ranch-style eggs are one of the most popular Mexican breakfast dishes. It is two sunny-side-up eggs over a tortilla and topped with salsa ranchera (red sauce) and other traditional Mexican side dishes like refried beans and chorizo.
Huevos divorciados or divorced eggs are a variation of this traditional Mexican food. Like huevos rancheros, the eggs are fried over easy and served on a flat tortilla but covered with two different salsas (a combination of red and green sauces). And for a more visual impact, they are often served with refried black beans in the middle for the “divorced eggs” effect.
Both dishes are typical breakfast meals prepared at Mexican restaurants, farms, and homes alike. The eggs are served over a delicious corn tortilla and topped with plenty of warmed salsa. So, the main difference is if you want just one salsa ranchera (red sauce) or different flavors by adding the salsa verde (green sauce).
My advice? Try both versions and decide which salsa is your favorite! I can never make up my mind, but with this recipe for huevos divorciados, I don’t have to choose sides (pun intended). And if you want a delicious twist on huevos rancheros, check out this cheesy skillet recipe that will be a sure win with the cheese lovers in your family.
Huevos Divorciados Recipe – Divorced Eggs Recipe
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup of red salsa (store-bought or homemade)
- ½ cup of green tomatillo salsa (homemade or store-bought)
- One uncooked flour tortilla (store-bought)
- Black refried beans (store-bought)
- Queso fresco (fresh farmer cheese)
- Cilantro, coarsely chopped
- 1 Avocado, sliced
How to Make Huevos Divorciados
- Lightly coat the bottom of a frying pan with cooking spray. Place the frying pan on medium-low heat and crack the eggs into the pan. Cook until the tops of the whites are set, but the yolk is still runny.
- Cook the tortilla following the instructions on the package.
- In a frying pan, fry the salsa using a tablespoon of butter until the salsa thickens, about 2-3 minutes in medium-high heat. You can also make salsa Ranchera from scratch if you want to.
- In a pan on medium heat, warm up the refried beans using a tablespoon of butter. I love the buttery flavor that it adds to the refried beans, but you can also use cooking spray or vegetable oil.
- Warm the green tomatillo salsa in the microwave.
- Place the freshly cooked warm tortilla on the center of your plate. Spread a thin layer of refried beans over the tortilla.
- Gently set the sunny side up eggs in the middle of the tortilla on top of the refried beans. Spoon red salsa over half of the eggs and green salsa over the other half of the eggs.
- Sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco and fresh cilantro. Garnish with fresh avocado.
What To Serve with Huevos Rancheros?
I would say just a tall glass of fresh orange juice for me! This Mexican breakfast is a complete meal in itself, with the tortilla, refried beans, and salsas, but you can add hash browns or chorizo instead of the tortilla for a more hearty meal. A side of fresh Pico de Gallo and a little chiltepe (spicy sauce) go excellent with this dish. And to end this incredible breakfast, a hot cup of coffee with a Guatemalan champurrada … MMM good!
Other Easy Egg Breakfast Ideas:
- Red Chilaquiles Casserole: This delicious red chilaquiles casserole is made with homemade crispy tortilla chips, red enchilada sauce, lots of delicious Hispanic-style cheese, and topped with eggs. It’s the perfect warm breakfast or brunch casserole for fall or any time of the year.
- Bean Tostadas with Egg and Pepperoni: If you’re looking for a great recipe using pepperoni, you’ve come to the right place. This black bean tostada recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch. They are so easy to make, topped with eggs, pepperoni and avocado.
- Pepperoni, Queso Fresco, And Jalapeño Scrambled Egg Empanadas: A hearty breakfast packed with protein and flavor! You can make a bunch of empanadas, heat up, and grab them to eat on the go if you are in a hurry. They are also perfect for a family outing or picnic.
- Baked Havana Style Eggs with Chorizo: This baked Havana eggs casserole is the perfect recipe for breakfast or brunch. Made with green peppers, onions, and chorizo, this breakfast meal is filled with Cuban flavor.
This huevos divorciados recipe is easy and delicious, and it’s the ideal Cinco de Mayo breakfast. I love to eat them by taking a bite from the green side and then taking a bite from the red side, going back and forth between the sauces’ different flavors and textures. So good! Huevos divorciados is one of my favorite Mexican breakfast recipes.
Serving Size: 1 portion
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420