Huevos Divorciados (divorced eggs) | Authentic Recipe

This Huevos Divorciados recipe is perfect to start your day. Two sunny-side-up eggs are placed on a tortilla and drizzled with homemade salsa roja and salsa verde.

Huevos divorciados., aka divorced eggs, served with beans, cheese, and corn chips.

What are Huevos Divorciados?

Huevos divorciados is a Mexican traditional breakfast made with fried eggs placed on a tortilla and drizzled with green and red sauce. The recipe is known in English as Divorced Eggs.

The dish name comes from the way the eggs are served, that’s it, separated with an accompaniment in the middle (usually refried beans), and each egg drizzled with a different salsa.

Think of huevos rancheros but using two delicious homemade salsas instead of one.

Huevos divorciados served in a plate and coffee on the side.

What Type Of Tortillas To Use

Corn tortillas are traditionally used for making this popular Mexican breakfast recipe because flour tortillas absorb too much oil when they are fried.

Also, flour tortillas become a little mushy when drizzled with salsa, but if you don’t mind of those two factors, go ahead and use flour tortillas.

You can choose whether to use store-bought tortillas or make your own. Check out our recipe for gluten-free corn tortillas.

The Salsas

Let’s talk about salsas. Those are game changers, and no brand of store-bought salsa will ever compare to a fresh, and tasty sauce made from scratch.

Homemade salsas can be as spicy as you want or not spicy at all, you can also control how many seasonings you add, so you don’t end with that unpleasant cumin taste that many Mexican store-bought salsas have.

It really takes little time to make them and they also store beautifully (read more below).

Two jars with salsas for huevos divorciados, aka divorced eggs.
  • Red Salsa: Made with tomatoes and red chilies of various types, it can be spicy, mildly spicy, or not spicy at all. Seasonings may vary as well, so the cooking method (boiled, roasted, fried, or even raw). I’ll leave you below my favorite recipe, BUT, you can also use salsa de molcajete or tomatillo red chili salsa for this recipe.
  • Green Salsa: Made with tomatillos, jalapeño pepper or serrano chiles, and cilantro. You can use any type of green chili peppers you have available, and, just like the red salsa, it can be cooked in different ways. This salsa has a subtle sour taste and a herbaceous aroma thanks to the fresh cilantro.

How To Make Huevos Divorciados

Make The Red Salsa:

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet or a comal over medium heat until smoky. Add tomatoes and onions.
  • Roast until veggies are soft and have some charred marks. Add chilies and quickly roast those as well, be careful because chile de árbol burns easily.
  • Add tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chilies. Pour 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  • Heat two tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan. Add sauce, and season with chicken bouillon, and salt to taste.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Keep it warm until needed.
A collage with two photos with salsa roja (red sauce) preparation.

Make The Green Salsa

  • Place tomatillos in a saucepan. Cover with water and cook until soft.
  • Remove from water and place on a plate. Allow to cool down.
  • Add tomatillos, chilies, garlic, onion, and cilantro in a blender. Add 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  • Heat two tablespoons of oil in a medium saucepan. Pour in the salsa and season with salt and chicken bouillon.
  • Let the salsa simmer for 5 minutes then set aside and keep it warm until needed.
Collage with two photos of salsa verde (green salsa) preparation.

Make the divorced eggs

In a non-stick frying pan add oil and heat it over medium heat. Add one tortilla and fry for a few seconds on each side.

Tortillas should be slightly crispy on the sides but still soft in the middle.

Frying a tortilla in a pan with oil.

Place the fried tortilla on a plate lined with kitchen paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat until all tortillas are used.

Three fried tortillas on a plate lined with kitchen paper towels.

Distribute two fried tortillas on each plate, leaving a small gap between them.

Now, fry eggs to your liking (with yolk running, over easy, well-cooked, etc). You can fry one by one or two at a time, what’s easier for you. I love my fried eggs with crispy bits!

A egg frying sunny-side-up on a pan.

Place one egg on each tortilla. Then, add refried beans to the gap between eggs to create a barrier.

Load them up with salsas, one type on each egg on the plate. Sprinkle with queso fresco and enjoy!

A plate with two eggs loaded with salsas and refried beans on the middle.

Recipe Notes

  • Prepare your salsas first thing and have everything ready before you fry the tortillas and eggs. This Mexican breakfast is tastier when eaten freshly made.
  • Add a twist to your divorced eggs by adding some extras, for example, Mexican chorizo, a dollop of Mexican crema, avocado slices, or ham.
  • Did you end with salsas leftovers? No worries, besides making more huevos divorciados the next morning, you can use your salsas to prepare other delicious breakfasts like chilaquiles verdes!

How To Serve

Mexican divorced eggs are traditionally served with an accompaniment that is placed in the middle, usually refried beans.

But sometimes they are also served with other dishes, such as red rice, hash potatoes, guacamole, or papas con chorizo.

For drinking, cafe de olla is a must, orange juice, and maybe a glass of cold milk to tone down the spiciness.

Man hands with utensils over huevos divorciados served with refried beans and potatoes. Around two bowls with salsas and corn chips, coffee, and orange juice on a glass.

Storage And Reheating Instructions

What to make ahead and enjoy huevos divorciados all week long? Here’s how:

  • Salsas can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Make sure you allow sauces to cool down before transferring them to a glass container with a tight lid before storing. Glass containers preserve better the flavors and aromas.
  • Store-bought tortillas can be stored nicely wrapped in cling film for up to 10 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • For eggs, ‘The Purposeful Pantry’ have an amazing post about how to preserve eggs, so don’t forget to check it up.

REHEAT:

  • Thaw salsas and tortillas (if frozen) overnight in the fridge.
  • Reheat salsas in a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop while stirring from time to time.
  • Or, reheat them in the microwave in 1-minute intervals until heated through.
  • Tortillas don’t need to be reheated, just fry them as per recipe instructions.

Watch How To Make It

Did you know? – Mexicans love eggs for breakfast. Take a look at our selection of Mexican breakfast recipes where you can find other tasty options to start your day!

Huevos divorciados. Aka divorced eggs recipe.

Divorced eggs (huevos divorciados)

author Maricruz
Get your day started with those delicious Mexican divorced eggs. Drizzled with two types of sauces and served with refried beans those eggs are a nice choice for a Sunday brunch.
prep 20 minutes
cook 25 minutes
total 45 minutes
serving 4

Ingredients 

For the red salsa

  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 4 chile de arból peppers (or more, to taste)
  • ½ medium onion (halved)
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • salt (to taste)

For green salsa

  • 2 cups cooked tomatillos (about 1 pound)
  • 5 green chillies (stems removed)
  • fresh cilantro (a handful)
  • ½ medium onion (halved)
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • salt (to taste)

For huevos divorciados

To serve

Instructions
 

Make red salsa

  • Roast tomatoes and onions until soft and charred spots appear.
  • Add chilies and quickly roast those as well, be careful because chile de árbol burns easily.
  • Place all in a blender with garlic, add 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  • Heat oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan. Add sauce, and season with chicken bouillon, and salt to taste.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, then set aside.

Make green salsa

  • Place cooked tomatillos, chilies, garlic, onion, and cilantro in a blender.
  • Add 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Pour in the salsa and season with salt and chicken bouillon.
  • Let the salsa simmer for 5 minutes, then set aside.

Make divorced eggs

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Add a tortilla and fry for a few seconds on each side until the tortilla is slightly crispy on the sides but still soft in the middle.
  • Place the fried tortilla on a plate lined with kitchen paper towels. Repeat until all tortillas are used.
  • Distribute two fried tortillas on each plate, leaving a small gap between them.
  • Fry eggs to your liking (with yolk running, over easy).
  • Place one egg on each tortilla.
  • Add refried beans to the gap between eggs to create a barrier.
  • Load eggs with salsas, one type on each egg on the plate.
  • Sprinkle with queso fresco and serve.

Notes

  • Salsas can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Add a twist to your divorced eggs by adding some extras, for example, Mexican chorizo, a dollop of Mexican crema, avocado slices, or ham.
  • Save your salsas leftovers to make more huevos divorciados the next morning or use them to make another dish like chilaquiles.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 372mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1442IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Once you have the sauces done and stored in the fridge takes way less time, but how long can I keep them in the fridge? I did enjoyed a lot this eggs, I think not only for breakfast! It’s incredible the uses of the tortilla, thank you for sharing this!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve always loved this breakfast dish and ordered it all the time in the past when we traveled to Mexico, can’t wait to recreate at home now!

  3. 5 stars
    I bet my oldest would love these. Problem would be the salsa, I think he’d eat it long before it made it into the recipe so I’d have to make extra of it.

  4. I think the recipe will be great after I find out what green chilies u used. Did u buy what green chili pepper? Or a can of green chilies ?

    1. Hi Caren, I mostly use a mix of fresh jalapeño and serrano peppers, but I’ve made the salsa also with other types of green chili peppers (the ones in the picture are Thai green chilies).
      As long as they’re slightly hot you can use pretty much any type of fresh green chili pepper available to you.

      Hope that helps and you can enjoy those huevos divorciados because they are really good! :)