Motul Eggs

I´ve been long overdue for another egg recipe. As I’ve mentioned before Mexico has an incredible array of egg dishes and huevos motuleños are a particularly delicious one. This is a classic breakfast from the small town of Motul in the Yucatan and on a recent trip to Mérida I had the pleasure of trying out several versions in the markets.This is by no means a light breakfast. Huevos motuleños are fried tortillas, topped with a layer of refried black beans, eggs and tomato salsa, sprinkled with cheese, green peas, chopped ham and served with fried plantains. This has become one of my absolute favorite breakfast dishes because it combines 3 of my favorite ingredients: eggs, fried plantains and black beans.While this dish is traditionally prepared with ham, in my version I use bacon.


Makes 2 servings

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tortillas
  • ½ cup of cooked peas
  • 3 pieces of bacon, fried and cut into strips
  • 1 ripe plantain sliced and fried
  • Queso fresco
  • 1 cup of refried black beans
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Chiltomate ( tomato sauce)

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ of a small white onion
  • 1 habanero chile
  • Salt


On a comal or using a broiler, roast the tomatoes, onions, garlic and habanero chile until blackened. Blend all of the ingredients except the hababero. Heat oil in a small pot and add the tomato sauce and the whole, roasted habanero. Lower heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Note: the habanero chile can be used just for flavoring the sauce or it can be served sliced on top of the eggs if you want an extra spicy kick).

To put this dish together you need to have all the ingredients prepared and ready to go.   Each portion has two tortillas and two eggs.

Prepare the eggs however you’d like, I personally prefer them over easy. Heat oil in a pan and fry the tortillas until they are slightly crispy. Plate the tortillas, add a layer of beans, then the eggs and the chiltomate sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, add the green peas and the slices of fried plantains and bacon. Serve immediately.

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