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Authentic Mexican Huevos Divorciados Recipe (Divorced Eggs)

Inside: Learn how to make an authentic, delicious Mexican breakfast called huevos divorciados, or “divorced eggs” in English.

huevos divorciados with beans, chorizo and tortilla chips

You may have heard of huevos rancheros, but have you heard of huevos divorciados? I am guessing that maybe you haven’t, unless you are from Mexico or are very familiar with Mexican cuisine! This huevos divorciados recipe is delicious and is one of my favorite breakfast dishes. It has everything you need – corn tortillas, salsa roja, salsa verde, refried beans, and of course, sunny-side-up eggs. They are called “divorced eggs” because they have two types of salsas, separated on the plate. They are delicious, easy to make, and very practical.

What are Huevos Divorciados?

Huevos divorciados are a traditional breakfast originating in central Mexico, which consists of two fried eggs (huevos estrellados or sunny side up eggs) on top of a fried tortilla, with one egg covered in a red sauce (salsa roja), and the other in a green sauce (salsa verde). To keep them separate (aka divorced), there is a column of refried beans with queso fresco and tortilla chips. In the alternative, you can make chilaquiles rojos and put those in the middle to separate the eggs.

Huevos divorciados from a top angle

In Mexico, we say that that the red salsa represents the woman and the green salsa represents the man. I am not sure why, but that is the tradition! Huevos divorciados is in essence a variation of huevos rancheros, which is another very popular Mexican breakfast.

Eggs, being a very nutritious ingredient, is very popular in Mexican cuisine and there are many ways to prepare it incorporating popular Mexican flavors, and in most cases homemade salsas. Huevos, or eggs, are inexpensive and easy to make in many different ways. Keep reading to find out how to make this quick and humble meal.

How do you make Huevos Divorciados?

This is one of the most simple recipes that you can make for breakfast. I am including links to my salsa roja and salsa verde recipes, but if you want to use a different salsa or even a store bought salsa, you can do that and they will still be great. I always think that homemade is better, but sometimes convenience wins out in the end!

Divorced Eggs on a plate with salsas on the side

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients (for two people):

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 4 eggs
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • salsa roja
  • salsa verde
  • refried black beans (frijoles refritos)
  • fried tortillas (cut into triangles)
  • Queso fresco
  • crispy bits of chorizo (optional)

Preparing this meal is so easy! Just follow these steps.

First, prepare the salsas following the recipes above or you can use your own salsa recipe. Once those are ready, you can start putting the dish together.

Now, add enough oil to fry the tortillas in a frying pan over medium-low heat and fry them slighly, but don’t let them get to crispy. Use paper towels to get rid of thte excess oil. In the same pan, fry the tortillas. If you like them sunny side up, that is fine, but if you prefer that they are cooked all the way through, you can do it that way too!

Finally, get your serving plate out and start by placing the two fried tortillas on the plate and place one egg on top of each. Make a division between the two tortillas and eggs with refried beans and then top each egg with a different salsa – one with salsa roja and the other with salsa verde. Add the queso fresco, chorizo, and some tortilla chips with the beans and it is ready to go!

Here are some other delicious Mexican breakfasts that you may enjoy

huevos divorciados with beans, chorizo and tortilla chips
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Huevos Divorciados

Learn how to make an authentic, delicious Mexican breakfast called huevos divorciados, or "divorced eggs" in English.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: huevos, huevos divorciados, huevos rancheros
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 477kcal



  • 1 cup refried black beans
  • tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup cooked chorizo


  • Prepare the salsas, or use store bought.
  • Fry the tortillas in a frying pan with the oil until they are fried, but not hard like tostadas. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
  • Fry the eggs to your desired doneness in a frying pan with the oil. Pat dry the excess oil with paper towels.
  • Place two tortillas per plate and put one egg on each.
  • Divide with the refried beans and then add salsa verde to one egg and salsa roja to the other.
  • Add the additional garnishes to the beans in the center of the plate and serve hot.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 347mg | Sodium: 1546mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1393IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 3mg
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