Vegetarian Shakshuka (Shakshouka) with Avocado and Jalapeños

Last modified on September 5th, 2019 at 10:37 am

Spiced with chili powder, beans and topped with avocado, cilantro and jalapeños, our Vegetarian Shakshuka erupts your palate leaving your senses singing and your appetite satisfied.

The post Labour Day weekend is always a weird weather moment. It is technically still summer, at least until September 21st, but the weeks in between include cool mornings, warm afternoons and even colder nights due to the sun slowly, a little bit each day, giving us less and less light. As the weather shifts, we can’t help but stay warm with hearty comforts that hug our souls and ignite our senses including our Vegetarian Shakshuka.

Eggs, sliced avocado, and tomato sauce in black cast iron skillet

What is Shakshuka (or Shakshouka)?

Shakshuka (also known as shakshouka, or eggs in purgatory) is a Tunisian dish of eggs nestled on a spicy bed of cumin and paprika spiced tomato sauce stewed with onions. It’s the perfect kitchen sink base for any ingredients you may have in your kitchen and it’s serving range is unlimited, ideal for Sunday brunch with friends, a weeknight dinner for two or a simple at home lunch, it’s a one-skillet-dish that’s as effortless as it is delicious.

Our take on the Shakshuka is spiced with the addition of chili powder, a handful of beans and topped with creamy avocado, fresh cilantro and spicy jalapeños. Warm spicy tomatoes, textured beans, runny eggs, spicy jalapeños, creamy avocado and a generous sprinkling of cheese erupts your palate and leaves your senses singing with pure bliss and satisfaction.

Close up of Vegetarian Shakshuka in a black skillet with sliced avocado

How to Make Our Vegetarian Shakshuka

Ingredients to Make Shakshuka

Ingredients for Vegetarian Shakshuka

Olive oil, chili powder, cumin, paprika, red onion, jalapeño peppers, canned beans, can tomatoes, eggs, feta cheese, chili flakes, scallions, cilantro, avocado, bread

Toast the Spices

Toasting and frying spices at the start of a recipe helps evoke the most flavour and fragrance from them. It is a small step that you can make that will yield amazing results in spice forward foods.

Combine 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of chili powder, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of cumin, and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of smoked paprika with a splash of water in a small bowl, until it comes together in a paste.

Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil in a large oven safe skillet. Once the oil begins to smoke, pour in the spice mixture and sauté stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Add a splash of water as the spices stick to the bottom of the pan to prevent them from burning.

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Make the Vegetarian Shakshuka Sauce

To the cooking spices add a medium red onion that has been dices, along with 2 diced jalapeño peppers. Sauté an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the vegetables are softened and cooked through. Add a can (14 oz/398 ml) of mixed beans and a can (28 oz/796ml) tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium for 15 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the Eggs and Bake the Vegetarian Shakshuka

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Make 6 pockets in the sauce to hold the eggs. Crack an egg into each pocket and cover the pan for 6 minutes to cook the eggs until the whites are almost cooked through and yolk runny.

Make it Beautiful

Halved avocado, bowl of crumbled cheese, cilantro leaf, and jalapeno slices on a table

Place your oven rack at the top position and heat on a high broil.

Top each egg with a slice of jalapeño and sprinkle a generous amount of crumbled cheese over the whole dish. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the cheese is caramelized, eggs whites cooked and yolk slightly runny.

Finish the shakshuka with a sprinkling of chili flakes for added heat. Then, add colour with thinly sliced scallions, cilantro and arrange thinly sliced avocado on top. Serve with toast and enjoy.

Bon appetit xo

Chef Sous Chef

Side view of Vegetarian Shakshuka in skillet next to sliced bread and avocado

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Vegetarian Shakshuka (Shakshouka) with Avocado and Jalapeños

Side view of Mexican Shakshouka in skillet next to sliced bread and avocado

Our take on the Vegetarian Shakshuka is spiced with the addition of chili powder, a handful of beans and topped with creamy avocado, fresh cilantro and spicy jalapeños. Warm spicy tomatoes, textured beans, runny eggs, spicy jalapeños, creamy avocado and a generous sprinkling of cheese erupts your palate and leaves your senses singing with pure bliss and satisfaction.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Food + Drink, Brunch, Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) chili powder
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) smoked paprika
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 ml) mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 ml) tomatoes, whole or diced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 large avocado, thinly sliced
  • Sourdough bread, toasted for serving

Instructions

No. 1 | Toast the Spices

Combine 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of chili powder, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of cumin, and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of smoked paprika with a splash of water in a small bowl, until it comes together in a paste.

Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil in a large oven safe skillet. Once the oil begins to smoke, pour in the spice mixture and sauté stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Add a splash of water as the spices stick to the bottom of the pan to prevent them from burning.

No. 2 | Make the Sauce

To the skillet add a medium red onion that has been dices, along with 2 diced jalapeño peppers. Sauté an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the vegetables are softened and cooked through. Add a can (14 oz/398 ml) of mixed beans and a can (28 oz/796ml) tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium for 15 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

No. 3 | Add the Eggs and Bake

Make 6 pockets in the sauce to hold the eggs. Crack an egg into each pocket and cover the pan for 6 minutes to cook the eggs until the whites are almost cooked through and yolk runny.

No. 4 | Make it Beautiful

Place your oven rack at the top position and heat on a high broil. Top each egg with a slice of jalapeño and sprinkle a generous amount of crumbled cheese over the whole dish. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the cheese is caramelized and the eggs whites finished cooking, and yolk slightly runny.

Finish the shakshuka with a sprinkling of chili flakes for added heat, thinly sliced scallions, cilantro and arrange thinly sliced avocado on top. Serve with toast and enjoy.

Keywords: baked egg recipes, eggs in purgatory, hangover breakfast

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Jacob
    September 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Looks really nice! Fantastic recipe! Will use it a lot, I guess. ))

    • Reply
      chefsouschef
      September 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Jacob! Definitely an easy and versatile recipe to use for any meal in the day.

  • Reply
    Maggie
    November 19, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    So beautiful! I imagine it’s perfect the morning after a night on the town 😉

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      November 20, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Hahaha! So true!

  • Reply
    Ann
    July 6, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. It looks so nice. Even shared it on my wall

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      July 6, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Ann. Appreciate you sharing!

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