Huevos Motuleños. The authentic recipe.

Looking for a fulfilling breakfast? Huevos Motuleños got you covered. This traditional mexican breakfast is all you need to start your day.

Huevos motuleños served on a white plate.

What are Huevos Motuleños?

Huevos Motuleños are a speciality from Yucatan, Mexico. The dish consist in fried eggs served on a tortilla, mashed beans and a spicy sauce. On top of all, fried plantains, ham and queso fresco. This IS the ultimate Mexican breakfast!

The name comes from Motul, a small city on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. It’s a very traditional dish, filled with delicious ingredients that are easy to find almost everywhere.

Yucatan traditional eggs served with plantains, beans, ham, peas and habanero sauce.

Plantains

Plantains are members of the banana family, in fact they look very similar. They have a high starch content and are usually eaten fried or boiled. In south Mexico plantains are an importan part of the gastronomy and often served as a side dish, such as in this recipe.

Plantains can be easily found in many latinoamerican and asian stores, but if you can’t find them where you live, you can still make this recipe using raw bananas. Just make sure they’re properly fried-cooked.

Plantain cut in a cutting board.

The ingredients

EGGS – They have to be fried. Not poached, not scrambled, fried with a creamy, running yolk.

CORN TORTILLA – Also fried. Not totally crunchy like a tostada. Neither so soft that will fall apart easily. Just fried enough to hold well all the weight of the ingredientes on top.

BEANS – Not refried as you might think. The beans are mashed with some liquid, then they’re strained so you’ll end with some sort of thick soup. Beans for this dish have even a name: frijol colado (strained beans). And they’re cooked with epazote (mexican herb).

SAUCE – The sauce name is chiltomate and is made with tomatoes, onions, garlic and, the most important ingredient: chiles habaneros (habanero chillies).

TOPPINGS – Peas, ham, fried plantains and queso fresco. Other variations include sour cream and chorizo.

A close up of mexican huevos motulenos.

How to make huevos motuleños

Put tomatoes, garlic and habanero chillies in a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend until smooth.

In a small pan fry onions in olive oil until soft and translucent. Add tomato sauce, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Set aside.

Habanero sauce on a saucepan.

Put beans in a blender, add 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth. Strain and discard solids.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in onions and sauté until soft and translucent. Add beans and epazote, then let them simmer for about 5 minutes or until they becomes a thick sauce. Set aside.

Beans on a pan.

Cut plantains into 1,5cm slices. Fry until golden and lightly crispy. Set aside.

Frying plantains.

In a frying pan heat some olive oil and fry the tortillas one by one until they are a little crispy. Place two tortillas, side by side on a plate.

Two fried tortillas on a plate.

In the same frying pan fry the eggs.

Spoon the beans on each tortilla and place one fried egg on each. Pour the chiltomate sauce and then top with the peas, ham and sprinkled fresh cheese.

Put the fried plantain on the side and serve immediately.

Tips & tricks

  • Be careful with the habanero chillies. They’re very spicy, so use gloves when seeding them and try to discard also the veins. the flavour whatsoever is delicious, so is still a nice addition to the dish.
  • If you can’t find fresh habaneros but still want to make this dish. Use the canned or dry version.
  • Epazote is not so easy to find in its fresh version, but you can fin it dry, packed in small amounts at the latino markets. Also, the taste is kinda strong, so better add it in small amounts and slowly adjust to your tasting.

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Huevos Motuleños

Huevos Motuleños are a speciality from Yucatan, Mexico. The dish consist in fried eggs served on a tortilla, fried beans and a spicy sauce. On top of all, fried plantains, ham and queso fresco. This IS the ultimate Mexican breakfast!
PREP 15 minutes
COOK 20 minutes
TOTAL 35 minutes
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Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

For the tomato sauce (chiltomate)

  • 5 medium tomatoes
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • 1 habanero chilli pepper (seeded)
  • olive oil
  • salt

For the beans (frijol colado)

  • 2 cups black beans (cooked)
  • epazote (a few leaves)
  • olive oil

For huevos motuleños

  • 8 medium eggs
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup ham (diced)
  • ½ cup peas (cooked)
  • queso fresco (or other kind of fresh cheese)
  • 2 plantains (or raw bananas)

Instructions

Prepare the sauce (chiltomate)

  • Put tomatoes, garlic and habanero chillies in a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend until smooth.
    In a small pan fry onions in olive oil until soft and translucent. Add tomato sauce, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Set aside.

Make the beans (frijol colado)

  • Put beans in a blender, add 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth. Strain and discard solids.
    Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in onions and sauté until soft and translucent. Add beans and epazote, then let them simmer for about 5 minutes or until they becomes a thick sauce. Set aside.

Prepare the eggs

  • Cut plantains into 1,5cm (0.5") slices. Fry until golden and lightly crispy. Set aside.
  • In a frying pan heat some olive oil and fry the tortillas one by one until they are a little crispy. Place two tortillas, side by side on a plate.
  • In the same frying pan fry the eggs.
  • Spoon the beans on each tortilla and place one fried egg on each. Pour the chiltomate sauce and then top with the peas, ham and sprinkled fresh cheese.
  • Put the fried plantain on the side and serve immediately.

notes

  • Be careful with the habanero chillies. They’re very spicy, so use gloves when seeding them and try to discard also the veins. the flavour whatsoever is delicious, so is still a nice addition to the dish.
  • If you can’t find fresh habaneros but still want to make this dish. Use the canned or dry version.
  • Epazote is not so easy to find in its fresh version, but you can fin it dry, packed in small amounts at the latino markets. Also, the taste is kinda strong, so better add it in small amounts and slowly adjust to your tasting.
Nutrition
Calories: 576kcal
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