Flour tortillas are one of those items that I always used to pick up at the international food store (for ¥500 or more per pack), but it turns out there’s nothing complicated to them. Unlike other homemade breads that take hours with waiting and proofing, these guys just need a short rest before they’re ready for a quick go in the frying pan!
Huevos rancheros (or “rancher’s eggs”) typically only need three components: tortillas, eggs, and salsa. I added black beans because they’re one of the few foods my daughter will reliably eat, not to mention a good source of protein and fiber. If you can’t find black beans, feel free to substitute another kind of bean or omit them. You can also add cheese and/or rice if you like.
This meal serves three (2 tortillas each) and comes to ¥540 or ¥180 per serving!
If you decide to cook dried black beans, I recommend making them in advance whenever you have a little extra time at home. They need to soak for at least an hour in the fridge, and then simmer on the stove for about an hour.
- Dice the sausages and onion and sauté in olive oil in a medium-sized pot until browned.
- Add the pre-soaked beans, seasoning (salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, garlic powder), and about a cup of fresh water, cover, and simmer until soft. Add more water if it starts to dry out. This should take about one hour.
- Add 150 grams of flour, 5 grams of baking powder (or half of one packet of the brand shown above), and about a half teaspoon of salt to a bowl and mix.
- Mix in about a tablespoon of oil (I used olive, but you can use vegetable or another oil) and ~75 ml of water.
- Work the mixture into a ball. If it’s too dry, continue to add water a little bit at a time. If it’s too wet and sticks to your fingers, add more flour. Knead the dough with your hands for a few minutes until springy.
- Form into a ball, cover, and set aside for ten minutes.
- Cut the ball into six equal pieces and roll out into circles. I turned a small bowl upside down to use as a cutter to get a perfect circle, but that’s not necessary. Cook in a lightly oiled frying pan for a few minutes until brown spots appear. Flip and cook for another few minutes.
- Place in a warm oven to keep them hot until serving.
After the tortillas are done, use the leftover oil to fry up six eggs. I like my fried eggs a little more done, so I cover them when I fry them. Place a tortilla on a plate and layer with beans, eggs, salsa, and avocado. Enjoy!