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Shakshuka Rancheros

Credit: Jonathan Hochman

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or other vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1 hot pepper, chopped (you can remove the seeds to reduce the level of spiciness). If you were able to get fresh halpinio pepper - 2 chopped peppers will do the job)

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 and a half teaspoons of smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder

  • 2 ancho chili peppers, or 1 teaspoon of the dry spice (for those who have trouble getting it, a tablespoon of Arisa will do the job)

  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 packet of crumbled feta cheese

  • 4-6 large eggs

  • To serve: chopped cilantro

  • A little of the crumbled feta cheese

  • Corn tortillas

  • Bean puree (optional)

  • Avocado (optional)


  • Marinate the ancho chilis in ½ -3/4 cup hot water for at least 10 minutes. Blend with the remaining water and set aside

  • Heat large pan with oil until hot

  • Add onions and stir until soft (about 2-3 minutes)

  • Add garlic and jalapenos and stir another 2-3 minutes (careful not to burn the garlic)

  • Add ancho puree (or harrisa), cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder. Still well until fragrant

  • Add crushed tomatoes (with liquid), salt and pepper, and mix well. Be sure to scrape all the good flavor from the bottom of the pan

  • Let simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally

  • Spread queso fresco (or feta) lightly and evenly across pan and gently fold

  • Crack eggs into pan careful not to break the yolks

  • Cover and let simmer on low or place in a preheated 190C oven for 5-10 minutes (5 for soft yolks 10 for firmer)

  • Prior to serving, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and remaining queso fresco and
    serve with warm corn tortillas or tortilla chips (it’s great with pita or any bread!)


Suggested sides:

  • Frijoles Refritos (Refried pinto or black beans) Simple to make but a different recipe for a later date

  • Fresh sliced avocado

  • Enjoy your meal!

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