More than "just" a breakfast dish, Mexican Black Bean Shakshuka is a well-balanced one dish meal absolutely loaded with South-of-the Border flavor! With the help of a can of black beans and a can of diced tomatoes, this healthy meal is ready to eat in under 30 minutes... What are you waiting for?
What is Shakshuka (shakshouka, chakchouka)?
By its simplest definition, shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce mixture that typically includes chiles, onions, and spices. The most common form of the dish originated in North Africa, and probably includes cumin. The dish lends itself well to garnishes (something I love!), and a North African version may include feta, olives, and/or artichoke hearts. All the tomato and runny egg goodness is soaked up with crusty bread.
I have mentioned many times my preference for savory breakfasts (Green Chile Savory Oatmeal With An Egg, Savory Cornmeal Waffles With Green Chile and Sausage Gravy, and others). Shakshuka lends itself quite well to variations with its tomato-y base (is that even a word?). 😀
Being a borderlands resident for the past 25 years, means I naturally gravitate towards Mexican/Southwest flavors. Mexican Black Bean Shakshuka didn't require much thought. Cumin. Check. Mexican oregano. Check. Jalapeños. Check. The black beans boost the fiber and protein levels, and who doesn't love them? If you're not a fan, substitute pintos...
Making Mexican Black Bean Shakshuka
Shakshuka comes together quickly. I've cooked it on my camp stove in 15 minutes - start to finish. There are 2 methods to this madness: Either break the eggs into the pan on the stove and cover it until the whites are opaque, or break the eggs into the pan or pans (make sure it's oven safe!), and bake them. The latter is my preference when I'm being "fancy." 😆
Baking the eggs requires a few minutes extra, but the presentation is lovely. Hubby deserves that on a Saturday morning, don't you think? Cook them to your preference, but nothing beats a runny egg yolk IMHO!
Don't limit this quick, flavorful dish to breakfast! You're sure to enjoy it any time of day. Don't let its name intimidate you... this is super easy. Do you think you might give it a try?
P.S. More Hearty Baked Egg Dishes
- Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Lentils and Whipped Goat Cheese from Midlife Croissant
- Oven Baked Eggs from Fox and Briar
- Shakshuka with Spinach and Cheese from La Petit Chef
- Spicy Beef and Cheese Brunch from Slow the Cook Down
- Green Chile Polenta with Runny Baked Egg from Beyond Mere Sustenance