Recipes: Huevos Bastardos



Huevos Bastardos is my own creation, it is a quite literally a bastardisation of the popular Mexican breakfast Huevos Rancheros. It is the perfect hangover food; not only because it packs in so many things that help your body get over that feeling of death, but it's also a great use of leftovers and there are so many variations you can use.

The main components of this dish are eggs, fried veg, potatoes and cheese; in this variation I have used Chorizo and Chipotle and you can add bacon, avocado, sour cream or feta really easily, however it can just as easily be made into a vegetarian friendly dish.

This recipe will feed one very hungover person or two regular people.


1 potato
1 red pepper
1 red onion
1 free range egg
Some chorizo (the more the better)
A decent amount of cheese (depends how you are feeling)
A few cloves of garlic (to taste)
A handful of jalapenos (optional)

You will also need the following spices and condiments:

A teaspoon of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
Smoked Paprika (I use A LOT of this)
Chipotle Powder
White Wine Vinegar
Chipotle Tabasco Hot Sauce (This is my favourite hot sauce and its pretty easy to find in the UK now. I put it on everything)

First you want to chop all the vegetables and chorizo into small chunks and preheat oil in a wok. Add the onions to the wok and cook until soft. Add in the garlic, salt & pepper, smoked paprika, chipotle powder and hot sauce. Add a small splash of white wine vinegar and mix together: this might sound weird but White Wine Vinegar is the base for a lot of sauces. Let the mixture cook through until it starts smelling amazing.

While you are doing this fry the potatoes. I use a fryer but you can use some sunflower oil in a pot to fry them easily. Once browned drain them and leave them to the side. Add the red pepper to the mixture and cook through.

Then add the chorizo to the mixture – if you don't want the dish to be too greasy then you can cook the chorizo separately and drain before adding to the mixture. Once everything is cooked through, add the potatoes and mix together. At this point add any additional salt or hot sauce.

Make a small gap in the middle of the mixture in the wok and crack an egg and pour in. Let it cook until it is almost completely fried and then take a wooden spoon and mix it into the rest of the dish until it coats the whole mixture. Let the egg cook completely and then add grated cheese and mix it up like a good boy.

Serve with chopped coriander and extra hot sauce. If you feel fancy or are trying to impress – whether it's the previous night's conquest or the love of your life – add chopped avocado or sour cream, which make the whole thing look fancier and help to balance the heat of the dish. Best served with an ice cold Irn Bru.. or a beer.