Huevos Oaxaca

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units). It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews. Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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Ingredients:

corn oil (for deep frying)
6 corn tortillas, halved
12 eggs
4 large green onions, sliced
2 serranos very thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1-1/2 tsp. ground cumin
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
2 Tbsp. corn oil
fresh cilantro sprigs

Instructions:

Heat the oil in a heavy large saucepan to 375F. Add the tortilla halves and fry until golden brown and crisp, turning occasionally, about 2 minutes.

Transfer the tortills halves to paper towels and drain. Beat the eggs and the next 5 ingredients with half of the cheese in a bowl. Crumble in the 4 tortilla halves and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Heat 2 Tbsp of. oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat and add the egg mixture. Cook until just set, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Divide the mixture among the plates and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the eggs. Stand 2 tortilla halves in each serving and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Yields 4 servings.