Salsa Poached Eggs

If you love shakshuka, you’re going to love these Salsa Poached Eggs! Just like shakshuka, these eggs are poached in a rich tomato-based sauce, but I’ve traded in the sweet bell pepper and paprika for a sort of cooked salsa made with onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, and green chiles, giving it a southwest spin. The result is a really tasty and filling dish that can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. And, as always, I’ve got multiple serving suggestions and optional add-ins for you below so you can make it your own!

Originally posted 6-7-2011, updated 2-26-2022.

salsa poached eggs in a skillet with tortilla chips and green onion on the sides

How to Serve Salsa Poached Eggs

I originally posted this recipe as a bowl meal served over grits. The tomatoey sauce goes perfectly with a hot bowl of grits, or even better yet, cheese grits, but it’s great served other ways as well. These saucy eggs also go great with tortilla chips. You can either serve the eggs in a bowl with tortilla chips crushed over top, or scoop the chips right into the sauce. Or, if you’re a rice person, serve the eggs and plenty of the sauce from the skillet over a bowl of warm rice.

What Else Can I Add?

I love this recipe because it’s really flexible. There are so many things you can add if you have them on hand. Try adding the following ingredients to the sauce:

  • Jalapeños
  • Chipotle powder (for extra smoky-spicy flavor)
  • Black beans
  • Chorizo
  • Fire-roasted corn

And you can also get creative with the toppings! Here are some extra topping ideas for your salsa poached eggs:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Hot sauce

Make 4-6 Eggs

I cooked four eggs in my “salsa” but you could probably fit six if you wanted to try to stretch it a little further!

Close up of salsa poached eggs in the skillet with tortilla chips

Close up of salsa poached eggs in the skillet with tortilla chips
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Salsa Poached Eggs

These salsa poached eggs are like a southwest spin on shakshuka. Eggs poached in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with green chiles.
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion ($0.32)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 1 15oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes ($1.00)
  • 1 4oz. can diced green chiles ($0.67)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste ($0.14)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin ($0.05)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.03)
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
  • 1/2 cup water ($0.00)
  • 4 large eggs ($0.93)
  • 2 green onions, sliced ($0.20)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (optional) ($0.10)

Instructions

  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add both to a deep skillet with the olive oil and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), green chiles (with juices), tomato paste, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper, and water. Stir to combine.
  • Allow the salsa to come up to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Let the salsa simmer for about ten minutes, or until it is slightly thickened.
  • Use the back of a spoon to make four indentations in the sauce. Crack one egg into each indentation.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the eggs simmer in the sauce for 7-10 minutes, or until they reach your desired doneness (less time for runny yolks, more time for solid yolks).
  • Once the eggs are cooked, garnish with sliced green onion and chopped cilantro, then serve with tortilla chips or over a bowl of grits.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 187 kcalCarbohydrates: 12 gProtein: 8 gFat: 12 gSodium: 706 mgFiber: 2 g
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salsa poached egg in a bowl with grits

Shown served over a bowl of grits.

How to Make Salsa Poached Eggs – Step By Step Photos

Onion and garlic in a skillet with oil.

Start by dicing one yellow onion and mincing two cloves of garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and 2 Tbsp olive oil to a deep skillet. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft.

Tomatoes, chiles, and spices added to the skillet.

Add one 15oz. can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes (with juices), one 4oz. can of diced green chiles (with juices), 2 Tbsp tomato paste, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, and ½ cup water. Stir to combine.

Simmered salsa in the skillet, a spoon dragging to show thickness.

Allow the mixture to come up to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer the “salsa” for about 10 minutes. It should be a fairly thick sauce.

Eggs cracked into the tomato sauce.

Use a spoon to make slight indentations in the sauce, then crack one egg into each indentation (four or six eggs total). 

Poached eggs in the sauce.

Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the eggs simmer in the sauce for 7-10 minutes, or until they’ve reached your desired doneness. Set whites with runny yolks will be about seven minutes while a fully cooked yolk will take about ten minutes.

Poached eggs garnished with green onion and cilantro.

Garnish with sliced green onions and chopped cilantro (optional).

Finished salsa poached eggs with chips and green onion on the sides

Serve hot with tortilla chips or over a bowl of rice or grits. 

close up of the yolk being broken with a fork in a bowl of salsa and grits