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Mexican Shakshuka
with tortillas

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
Shakshuka (eggs cooked in a veggie-packed tomato sauce) has long been a favorite in the Cook Smarts community. It's a meal that is naturally vegetarian and gluten-free, so it works for a variety of dietary needs. This version gets the addition of a Mexican spice blend, giving this classic dish a totally new flavor. Serve it with tortillas for scooping up the delicious sauce.
Smarts: Queso Fresco cheese adds a salty, savory flavor to the dish, but feel free to skip the cheese if you prefer.


Mexican Shakshuka:
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Onions, medium - 1 , diced
  • Zucchini - 1 lb , cubed
  • Garlic - 4 cloves , chopped
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 2 , seeds removed and diced
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp , chopped
  • Cheese, queso fresco (opt) - 4 oz , crumbled
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Adobo sauce - 1 Tbsp (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
  • Eggs - 4
  • Tortillas, taco-sized corn or flour - 8
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Sour cream - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)


  1. Make spice mix - Combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Zucchini / Garlic / Jalapenos - Prep as directed. Combine onions and zucchini in one container. Combine garlic and jalapenos in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cilantro / Cheese - Prep as directed.

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  1. Heat a large saute pan or Dutch oven with oil over medium heat. Add onions and zucchini with a pinch of salt and saute until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, jalapenos, and spice mix. Saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Stir in tomatoes (including liquid) and adobo sauce. Bring to a simmer and simmer until most of the liquid has cooked off, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low-medium. Crack eggs directly into tomatoes. Top eggs with cheese. Cover and cook until eggs are done to your liking, ~5 minutes.
  5. While eggs are cooking, heat tortillas according to package directions.
  6. Top shakshuka with pepitas and cilantro.
  7. Serve shakshuka with tortillas and sour cream. Enjoy!



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