Huevos Motuleños (Eggs in Tortillas with Ham and Peas)

  • Serves

    serves 4


This Yucatan-style breakfast dish, topped with peas, ham, and Gouda or Edam cheese, has a spicy habanero and tomato sauce. This recipe first appeared in our August/September 2012 issue with Mauricio Velazquez de Leon's article Queen of the Yucatan.


  • 1 cup canned black beans
  • 2 habanero chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 sprigs epazote (available at or cilantro
  • 1 medium white onion, cut into thick slices
  • 3 tbsp. lard or canola oil
  • 1 lb. plum tomatoes, cored
  • 5 tbsp. canola oil, plus more for frying
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 small, ripe plantain or large banana, peeled and cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 oz. deli-sliced ham, cut into 1/2" strips
  • 2 oz. deli-sliced Gouda or Edam, cut into 1/2" strips
  • 12 cup canned peas
  • 14 cup crumbled queso Cotija


Step 1

Purée beans, 1 chile, epazote, 1⁄4 the onion, and 1⁄4 cup water in a blender until very smooth, at least 2 minutes. Heat lard in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add bean purée, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened to a loose paste, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set beans aside.

Step 2

Wipe skillet clean, and return to heat; add remaining chile, onion quarters, and tomatoes, and cook, turning as needed, until charred all over, about 14 minutes for chile and tomatoes, about 12 minutes for onions. Transfer to a blender along with salt, and purée until very smooth, at least 2 minutes. Return skillet to heat along with 3 tbsp. oil; when hot, pour salsa into skillet, and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.

Step 3

Pour oil to a depth of 2" in a 6-qt. Dutch oven, and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 360°. Working in batches, add tortillas, and fry, turning once, until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and set aside. Add plantain or banana slices to oil, and fry until tender and caramelized, about 2 minutes. Wipe skillet clean, and return to medium heat with remaining 2 tbsp. oil. Add eggs to skillet, and cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes for over easy.

Step 4

Spread about 3 tbsp. black beans over 4 tortillas on serving plates, and then place an egg on top. Cover eggs with remaining tortillas, and pour salsa over tortillas; arrange ham and Gouda or Edam slices on top; top with peas; and sprinkle with Cotija. Place fried plantain or banana slices around tortillas to serve.

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