Huevos Rancheros with Pinto Beans, Brown Rice and Chicken

Spice up your next weekend breakfast or brunch with this Huevos Rancheros recipe. It’s a great way to use leftover rice and beans. See the directions for tips on bulk cooking rice and beans. For a lower-carb version, sub cauliflower rice for the brown rice.





Serves: 4

Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups per serving

  • 1 nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ lb ground chicken (cooked)
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper (seeded, deveined and minced)
  • 1 cup no-salt-added cooked pinto beans
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • ¼ cup fat-free queso fresco (crumbled)


  1. Spray a medium nonstick sauté pan with cooking spray over medium heat. Add chicken, onion and jalapeno pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add beans, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and broth. Simmer until the broth is absorbed, about 8-9 minutes.
  3. Stir in brown rice and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, salt, pepper and cold water.
  5. Add cooking spray to another nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Scramble eggs until just set.
  6. To serve, scoop 1 cup of sausage mixture into a bowl and top with 1/3 cup scrambled eggs and 1 tbsp crumbled cheese.
  7. Bulk cooking dry beans: Add 1 lb (16 oz.) dry pinto beans to a large pot of boiling water (at least 6 cups of water). Boil rapidly for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. Add 6 fresh cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for one hour or until the beans are soft but not split. Makes 5 cups cooked beans. These beans can be used in any recipe calling for cooked or canned beans. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 days or package in freezer bags in one cup increments for up to 6 months.


Nutrition Facts

Calories 310
Total Fat 8.0g
    Saturated Fat 2.2g
    Trans Fat 0.0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g
    Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 145mg
Sodium 320mg
Potassium 570mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
    Dietary Fiber 6g
    Sugars 2g
    Added Sugar 0g
Protein 32g