Huevos Ahogados Recipe (Healthy Mexican Breakfast Option)

When you want an easy and flavorful breakfast, try this huevos ahogados recipe. 

Huevos ahogados is basically eggs poached in salsa. If you already have salsa made, this recipe takes 5-10 minutes. But even if you have to make the salsa from scratch it’s not too difficult. 

You could also try store bought salsa to really save time! Personally, I think it tastes better with fresh, homemade salsa. But store bought can work well in a pinch. 

I love this recipe for breakfast because it has a huge flavor pay off for not too much effort. And serving eggs with salsa helps increase vegetable intake throughout the day.

huevos ahogados in a cast iron skillet

What to serve with huevos ahogados

Huevos ahogados go best with warm corn tortillas, to help scoop up the sauce. 

You could also use flour tortillas or toasted bread. A tostada could also work if you want a little more crunch!

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Huevos Ahogados

A simple but nourishing breakfast
Prep Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 roma tomato
  • 1/2 onion peeled
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste


Make the salsa

  • Heat a griddle or comal over high heat.
  • Place the tomato, onion, garlic cloves, and pepper on the comal.
  • Heat the vegetables, turning occasionally, for 5-10 minutes until there is light charring on the outsides. You may need to remove the garlic earlier than the other vegetables to avoid burning.
  • Remove the vegetables from the comal. Remove the stem from the pepper. Place all vegetables in a blender with 1/4 tsp salt. Blend on high until completely smooth.

Make the eggs

  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the olive oil to the skillet. When hot, pour the salsa from the blender into the skillet.
    salsa cooking in a cast iron skillet on a stove
  • When the salsa starts bubbling, lower the heat to medium-low.
  • Crack the eggs into the skillet, on top of the salsa.
    eggs poaching in salsa
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the eggs. Cook the eggs, undisturbed for 5-10 minutes, until they are cooked to your liking. The whites should be completely opaque.


  • Remove the pan from heat and place avocado slices on top of the eggs and salsa.
  • Serve with warm corn tortillas


You know I’m a dietitian so I have to comment on the nutrition in this recipe!

These huevos ahogados make for a hearty, but healthy, breakfast!

As I always tell my clients, the key components of a healthy meal include: healthy complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fiber.

Here’s how these huevos ahogados stack up:

  • Complex carbohydrates: If you serve these with corn tortillas, then you’re getting complex carbohydrates! The process of making corn into corn tortillas increases resistant starch, which is good for your blood sugar and for your gut health.
  • Proteins: No surprise here, the eggs provide about 14 g of protein. But did you know corn tortillas also provide a small amount of protein? All in all, you’re getting about 18 g of protein in this meal.
  • Healthy fats: Cooked in olive oil and served with an avocado half on top, you’ll get plenty of heart healthy unsaturated fats with this recipe.
  • Vegetables: Contrary to popular belief, salsa is a vegetable source. When you eat a serving of this recipe, you’re eating 2 tomatoes, 1/4 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/2 a jalapeño. And that’s not even counting the avocado half you may serve on top!
  • Fiber: This recipe provides almost half your daily fiber requirements, if you serve it with 2 corn tortillas and half an avocado. Talk about overachieving!


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