Huevos Rancheros is a popular Southwestern dish made with eggs and tortillas. This dish was originally served in Mexico at "almuezo," a second breakfast which was served to ranch hands and farm workers after their early-morning chores.

You don’t need to put in a hard morning’s work to enjoy the delicious Huevos Rancheros served at the Sunny Vale Cafe.

Owned by Mauricio and Connie Nunez, the cafe - which has a decor reminiscent of the fifties - is tucked away in a corner of a small shopping center located at ninth and Lashley streets in Longmont, Colorado.

Mauricio prepares huevos by steaming tortillas on a grill, then topping them with refried pinto beans, hash browns and eggs cooked as ordered. For the finishing touch, Mauricio smothers the dish with his own spicy green chili.

Mauricio makes his green chili from anaheims, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, and spices, which include cumino, garlic and salt. After the green chili is simmered for about an hour, it is ready to serve.

The flour tortillas are made fresh daily - right next door at Tortilleria Las Americas, a tortilla factory. I discovered Sunny Vale’s particularly well-prepared and tasty version of Huevos Rancheros, one day while buying tortillas there. And incidentally, these tortillas are the best!

Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Mauricio learned his cooking skills during many years of experience working in restaurants.

He bought the Sunny Vale Cafe four years ago. It had been in operation for 15 years, serving only American food.

When Mauricio bought the business, he added Mexican food to the menu. Other popular Mexican dishes the cafe specializes in are - Mexican omelettes, tacos, enchiladas with red chili, burritos, tamales, chicken fajitas, and chiles rellenos.  A weekend special is menudo, a spicy soup made with tripe, chili peppers, spices and white hominy. Margaritas, Mexican beers and wine are also available at the cafe.

In addition the the Mexican selections, the cafe also offers a variety of standard American fare.

The Sunny Vale Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.

Mauricio and his wife Connie, along with his son, Adrian and his daughter Evelyn all work in the business.

Next time you’re in the mood for huevos rancheros or other spicy Mexican dishes, the Sunny Vale Cafe will not disappoint you.


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