Classic Mexican meets classic Southern with this Huevos Rancheros Grits Bowl! Serve this grits bowl for brunch, and everyone will be begging for more!
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We don’t often do brunch here in our house. We’re early risers (yes, even on the weekends), so the thought of waiting until mid-morning to eat is a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong – we love brunch, we just don’t do it often. But when we do – we do it right!
Last year, we took a trip down to the Asheville, NC area in late February. We were planning our move, and we wanted to check out the different towns and neighborhoods in the area. We were staying in Hendersonville, and that’s when we stumbled across an amazing breakfast/lunch spot in downtown Hendersonville. The menu was full of delicious-sounding dishes, but one jumped out at us. Grits bowls. More specifically, a Huevos Rancheros Grits Bowl.
Huevos Rancheros Grits Bowl
This recipe is like Mexican meets Southern. Let’s break it down a bit. Huevos rancheros is a breakfast recipe that is often served on rural Mexican farms. It’s typically served mid-morning (i.e. brunch), and it’s designed to keep you going throughout the day.
Traditional huevos rancheros consist of fried eggs, pico de gallo, avocado and rice/beans. It’s all piled on top of lightly fried tortillas. Grits, on the other hand, are an iconic Southern food. They sometimes get a bad rap for being bland and lumpy, but I’m telling ya – when prepared the right way, grits are amazing!!
Why are grits bowls not a thing? They need to be a thing! Imagine cheesy grits as the base piled with whatever toppings you want to add. In this case, the toppings for huevos rancheros. Holy cow! These grits bowls were delicious. Bonus – this is a fun and unique recipe, so it would be great to serve to company!
For these Huevos Rancheros Grits Bowls, you’ll need to make a big ole batch of creamy grits. I included a couple diced jalapenos in there, too. This is the base recipe I always use for grits. If I’m serving it for dinner, I’ll add some shredded sharp cheddar cheese and cooked bacon in there, too. Grits are versatile, folks! But in this case, we’re going brunch style.
That means we’re adding some fried eggs, crumbled queso fresco, cooked chorizo and a sliced avocado. All of that goes on top of the creamy grits. Now that’s how you do brunch! (Truth be told – we still ate these Huevos Rancheros Grits Bowls for dinner. Breakfast for dinner is delicious – especially when grits and huevos rancheros are involved.) Enjoy!
Did you make this Huevos Rancheros Grits Bowl at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Huevos Rancheros Grits Bowl
For the Grits
For the Grits
- Using a large saucepan with a lid, add olive oil and place over medium heat. Once hot, add diced jalapenos. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until jalapenos have softened.
- Add grits, salt, chicken stock and hot water; stir until well combined. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in cream and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until grits are tender and have thickened. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm. (Note: Cheese will be added later.)
For the Toppings
- Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 minutes, or until full cooked. Transfer cooked chorizo into a bowl.
- Drain most of the excess fat from the skillet, leaving ~½ Tbsp for frying the eggs.
- Crack eggs into the pan, taking care to keep them as separate as possible. (Note: If necessary, cook the eggs in 2 rounds.)
- Cook eggs for 2-3 minutes, without flipping, or until whites are completely set.
- Meanwhile, add shredded cheese to grits and stir until cheese has fully melted. (Note: If necessary, add a splash of water to the grits to loosen them up.)
- To serve, divide grits into bowls and top with crumbled chorizo, queso fresco, cooked egg, chopped cilantro, avocado slices and green onions.
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