Cast Iron Breakfast Casserole – Huevos Rancheros

The Best Cast Iron Breakfast Casserole

Huevos Rancheros, or “rancher’s eggs,” is an awesome cast iron breakfast casserole that originated in Mexico.  

It is a very popular Mexican breakfast dish, and not only is this dish a favorite in Mexico,  but it is also an absolute hit here in America.

There are many things I like about it. It may be hard for some of us to pronounce, but making this recipe is not complicated. It’s a rather simple breakfast casserole.

If you have never tried huevos rancheros, then I’d say you should try it at least once in your lifetime. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed. I’m sure it will soon become one of your favorites as well too.

How Do You Make Huevos Rancheros:

Huevos Rancheros

Well, it’s all up to you, but it can be cooked easily on a griddle or flat top. It can even be cooked in a skillet too. But, for us cast iron cooks, it must be created in a cast iron skillet or casserole pan.

Tip: When frying the corn tortillas, always be careful when attempting to flip them over. You may want to use a thin metal spatula. These work great and are perfectly safe to use on your cast iron skillet.

Huevos Rancheros

Cast Iron Breakfast Casserole

Huevos Rancheros begins with fried corn tortillas, eggs, chorizo, or ground sausage. Add Mexican-style rice and refried beans. Top this off with a good tomato-based salsa and slices of avocado garnished with fresh cilantro and lime.

  • 4 Corn Tortillas
  • 1/2 Can Refried Beans
  • 1/4 Pound Chorizo
  • *1/4 Pound Ground Sausage (*Optional*)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro (Chopped )
  • 1 Whole Ripe Avacodo (Sliced)
  • 1 Whole Lime (Cut in wedges)
  • 1/4 Cup Salsa (Mild Chunky or your choice).
  • *Freshly-Made Pico de Gallo is a great substitute for salsa. 
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Preheat your seasoned cast iron griddle or skillet over medium heat for 3-4 mins.
  3. Brush it lightly with vegetable cooking oil or whatever type of oil you prefer. Add the tortillas flipping them only once until slightly puffy. Not too crispy!
  4. Set 2 to 4 tortillas into the cast iron skillet or casserole dish. Spoon a layer of refried beans and Mexican-style rice onto each tortilla.
  5. Mix half the fresh cilantro with the chorizo or ground sausage. Cook on the griddle for approximately 6-8 mins. Remove from grease and drain on a paper towel. 
  6. Place the sausage on top of the refried beans and rice.
  7. Crack open all the eggs and place one egg on top of each tortilla layered with the sausage, beans, and rice.
  8. Place the skillet into a preheated 375-degree oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  9. Next, remove the cast iron breakfast casserole from the oven.
  10. Serve with salsa and the remaining chopped cilantro. Add some avocado and a squeeze of fresh lime. Enjoy!!


The variations are endless for this wonderful cast iron sausage egg casserole.

Instead of corn tortillas, you may want flour or even wheat. You could add lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.

I have to have some cheddar cheese on mine when I make this breakfast casserole.

Oh, and then there is bacon! Consequently, bacon makes everything better!! Right?

If you like, you can substitute sausage for the bacon. Heck, why stop there? Why not ham?

Hey, I have a better idea! Let’s add bacon, sausage, and ham!!

Wow! I’m getting hungry now just thinking about how wonderful this concoction is!


Now, I must say, this is a tasty way to start your weekend off right, and it’s so easy to put this loaded breakfast skillet together.

Give this awesome cast iron breakfast casserole a try and see if Huevos Rancheros doesn’t wind up as one of your favorite breakfast dishes!

2 thoughts on “Cast Iron Breakfast Casserole – Huevos Rancheros”

  1. Mike, unbeknownst to me we have been doing a version of this for a long time. Both my partner and I make a mean chilli. And lots of it. One of the ‘next day’ uses is on a tortilla with most of the ingredients you list on it. Now, we have some in the freezer, so guess what’s on for breakfast tomorrow?

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