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Huevos and Grits

Huevos and Grits, or “Grits Rancheros” is a combination that showcases the best of southern U.S. breakfasts with a delicious southwestern flair. These lively flavors will get your day started off just right!

Those of us who really enjoy cooking find inspiration in all sorts of places, don’t we? Cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, grocery store flyers, the internet. Sometimes they just come as inspiration out of nowhere.

Huevos and Grits - Grits Rancheros - on a white plate with a fork.

I woke up a while ago with this particular recipe forming in my mind. I must have been really hungry.

This delicious, flavorful recipe is a combination of the best of southern breakfasts (fried eggs and cheese grits) with a southwestern flair (a play on huevos rancheros). And I have no idea what to name it, so I just call it Huevos and Grits. Or maybe Grits Rancheros? Seems appropriate.

Take it from me, this recipe is a total flavor explosion. One bite and your tastebuds will be doing a happy dance. And talk about substantial…these huevos will keep you going right through lunch all the way to dinner. By the way, BeeBop agreed that this dish is amazing!

🛒 Ingredient Notes


All the ingredients needed to make the recipe.

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  • Grits – Use either “quick” grits or old-fashioned stone ground. Not sure? Check out my Cheese Grits post for a run down on the differences.
  • Garlic Powder – You can substitute one clove of finely minced fresh garlic.
  • Salsa – To save time, use a good purchased brand. Suit yourself as to mild, medium, or hot.
  • Eggs – Good, fresh large eggs. If you can get some free-range even better.
  • Cheddar Cheese – No, it’s not a southwestern ingredient. It’s part of the “southern” of this recipe. I prefer sharp or extra sharp Cheddar.

The complete ingredient list with detailed measurements is included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How to Make Huevos and Grits


Make the Cheese Grits

Finished cheese grits in a medium saucepan.

Start this recipe by making a batch of my Cheese Grits. Just follow that link to get the recipe for the best and easiest cheese grits you can imagine. After you get that one, come back here and we’ll finish whipping up these huevos in no time.

When the cheese grits are ready, start cooking the fried eggs. I’m sure most everyone knows how to cook an egg, but just in case, I’ll show you how I do it.

👉 PRO TIP: This recipe serves two people. You can simply multiply the recipe for the number that you’re serving. If you’re cooking for more, simply multiply the recipe as needed.

Fry the Eggs

  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan.
  • After the butter has melted, tilt the pan to distribute the melted butter all over the surface. Carefully crack the eggs into the pan. Add a light sprinkle of salt and pepper if you like.
  • Cover the pan and cook until the egg whites have solidified (2-3 minutes). If you like your eggs sunnyside up, you can stop right here. If you like them done all the way through, flip each egg over and cook for another minute or so.

Assemble the Dish

  • To assemble your Huevos and Grits, place a ladle of cheese grits in the bottom of a small plate (I’m using a luncheon sized plate here) or shallow bowl. Add the fried eggs on top of the grits.
  • Spoon a couple of tablespoons of salsa or picante sauce over the eggs. (I put the jar of picante sauce in the microwave for about a minute since it had been in the refrigerator. I didn’t want it to cool down the eggs too much.)
  • Add some grated cheddar on top. Optionally, you could also toss on a little chopped cilantro.
Huevos and Grits - Grits Rancheros - on a white plate.

🍽️ How to Serve


  • Serve southern style with buttered toast and jam or southwestern style with warm tortillas.
  • Offer fresh, sliced avocado, chopped onions, pico de gallo as a topping.
  • Mixed fresh fruit goes well as a side.

🍚 Storage Information


  • This is a dish best eaten fresh and hot. If you have leftover cheese grits, you can store them in the refrigerator for about three days. Reheating is tricky but can be done at 50% power in the microwave, stirring frequently. Or in a double boiler over simmering water.
  • Freezing is not recommended.

❓ Questions About Grits Rancheros


What’s the difference between this and huevos rancheros?

Huevos rancheros is served with warm corn tortillas as the base and queso fresco for garnish where this recipe uses cheese grits and Cheddar cheese.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This is not a recipe I recommend making ahead and reheating. It’s best cooked, served and enjoyed fresh from the kitchen.

Lana Stuart.

Questions? I’m happy to help!

If you have more questions about the recipe, or if you’ve made it and would like to leave a comment, scroll down to leave your thoughts, questions, and/or rating!

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Huevos and Grits – Grits Rancheros

Huevos and Grits, or Grits Rancheros, features the best of southern U.S. breakfasts with a lively southwestern flair.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 583kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

One recipe of Cheese Grits (link below)

    For the Huevos:

    • 4 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • salt
    • black pepper
    • 4 tablespoons salsa or picante sauce your choice of mild or hot
    • 4 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese

    Instructions

    Prepare the Cheese Grits:

    Cook the Eggs:

    • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
    • When the skillet is hot, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan.
    • After the butter has melted, tilt the pan to distribute the melted butter all over the surface.
    • Carefully crack the eggs into the pan. Add a light sprinkle of salt and pepper if you like.
    • Cover the pan and cook until the egg whites have solidifed (2-3 minutes). (If you like your eggs sunnyside up, stop here. If you like them done all the way through, flip each egg over and cook for another minute or so.)

    Assembly:

    • Place a ladle of cheese grits in the bottom of a small plate or shallow bowl. Add two fried eggs on top of the grits. Top the eggs with salsa or picante sauce. Add grated cheddar on top.

    Notes

    Nutrition calculation does not include cheese grits recipe.
    • Serve southern style with buttered toast and jam or southwestern style with warm tortillas.
    • If you have leftover cheese grits, you can store them in the refrigerator for about three days. Reheating is tricky but can be done at 50% power in the microwave, stirring frequently. Or in a double boiler over simmering water. Freezing is not recommended.

    Nutrition Information

    Serving 1 | Calories 583kcal | Carbohydrates 23g | Protein 27g | Fat 43g | Saturated Fat 25g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 428mg | Sodium 1416mg | Potassium 309mg | Fiber 2g | Sugar 2g | Vitamin A 1680IU | Vitamin C 1mg | Calcium 449mg | Iron 3mg

    Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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    — This post was originally published on January 18, 2010. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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    21 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      perfect use for leftover grits. put in a loaf pan or other rectangular Tupperware (depends on how much you have left) stick in the fridge and in the morning slice it up, coat in Wondra or AP flour and fry it up in butter. cornmeal mush. delicious with real maple syrup!

    2. Kim Prifogle says:

      Loved this recipe! I was looking for something different to make for breakfast, with limited ingredients on hand. I used orange corn grits and a locally-made (Indianapolis) “inferno” salsa. Served with sourdough toast. Quick and easy. Will definitely make this again.

      1. Thanks for taking time to comment and letting me know you enjoyed the recipe, Kim!

    3. I have been making Huevos rancheros con grits for years. I’m my world the only worthy grit is a cheesy grit. Any tip on how to clean the pan? It’s the worst part of the process. Also I serve mine with tortilla chips so no one misses the tortilla and it’s a whole lot more fun to eat. Of course it’s not a low fat dish but it is an amazing hug in a bowl.

      1. Lana Stuart says:

        Put a little water in the pan and put it back on the stove. Heat it over medium-high heat and the stuck-on residue should loosen right up!

    4. Katherine Martinelli says:

      This really does sound right up my alley! Thanks again for linking up at my breakfast blog hop! Pinned :-)

      1. Thanks, Katherine! This really is a great breakfast recipe. Although the photo was taken way back before I knew anything about styling or photography :-)

    5. SMITH BITES says:

      dang it Lana – every time i’m trying to muster up the courage to hit the treadmill and eat sensibly, there you are taunting me!! i swear i’m a southern girl trapped in the midwest – these are heavenly!

      1. Hee hee. “Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly.”

    6. Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food says:

      You’re far too humble with your “give it a chance,” Lana. I think this recipe looks sensational, and I can’t wait to try it. Sunday is grits day in my family — cheese grit, shrimp grits, and others. This recipe is on the menu next Sunday!

      1. Thanks so much, Barbara. I don’t know how I ever thought of putting the combination of cheese grits, eggs and salsa together, but wow, I’m so glad I did. I think you’ll love this!

    7. Wow. What a great idea. This is such a beautiful breakfast.

      : )

      1. Thanks, Sasha! We really enjoyed this combination of cheese grits with eggs and salsa. I actually used picante sauce but it gives the same flavors pretty much.

    8. What a wonderful twist to the two classic breakfast dishes! I have an obsession with runny eggs, and I ADORE grits. I could have sworn you made this for me!! >.<

    9. Caveman Cooking says:

      Nana, I haven’t had grits since my ex-step-mother used to make it. Along with corned beef hash and eggs over easy. But, this SW twist has me jonesing for those gruel-balls of goodness.

    10. jenn (Bread + Butter) says:

      Mmm…Nice southern twist to a classic dish. Love it!!! It’s been way too long since I’ve had grits. I need to fix that.

      1. Gosh, Jenn. Can you even get grits out there on the left coast? I couldn’t way back when we were based in Maine with the Navy. I had folks down home shipping stuff to me :-)

    11. Hubby and I were just talking about grits n eggs on Sunday! This looks great. Seems my DH thinks I’ve picked up the knack for southern food… Funny thing for a Philly girl :)

      1. Good for you, redkathy! If you need any tips, let me know, because if it’s a traditional southern dish I’ve probably cooked more than a few times :-)

    12. love the grit twist – normally see this with roasted or fried potatoes

      1. Thanks, Drick! The cheese and tiny bit of garlic in the grits was especially nice with this.