Salsa Poached Eggs and Grits

Okay, so maybe it’s not salsa poached eggs, but it’s a really delicious homemade salsa-like sauce that cooks and infuses your eggs with flavor, all in one skillet.

This breakfast is super easy, really filling (huge portions) and most of all tasty. It was kind of a “sweep the pantry” type of recipe. I knew I wanted eggs poached in a tomato sauce but the rest was whatever I had waiting to be used up (green chiles, green onions, and grits). Luckily, the final product was a winner. A REAL winner.

It was so good that I ate some of this for brunch and then another serving later that day for “brinner” (any Scrubs fans out there? Turk is obsessed with “brinner”). The servings are huge that if you can find a way to fit six eggs into the pan with the sauce, there would definitely be enough tomato sauce to accommodate.

Salsa Poached Eggs & Grits

Close up of salsa poached eggs with grits in pan

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Salsa Poached Eggs & Grits

These salsa poached eggs are infused with Tex-mex flavor and spooned over warm grits for an easy and delicious south of the border breakfast.
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4



  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.24)
  • 1 medium vidalia onion ($0.73)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic ($0.12)
  • 1 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes ($1.04)
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chiles ($0.56)
  • 3 oz. tomato paste ($0.25)
  • 3/4 tsp salt ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin ($0.03)
  • to taste pepper ($0.02)
  • 4 large eggs ($0.90)
  • 3-4 sliced green onions, optional ($0.15)


  • 3 cups water ($0.00)
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking grits ($0.17)
  • 3/4 tsp salt ($0.05)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.15)


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Dice the onion and add it to the skillet along with the minced garlic. Cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent (5-10 minutes).
  • Once the onions are translucent, add the roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, and diced green chiles. Also stir in 1/2 cup of water, 3/4 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp of cumin. Stir everything together and allow it to come up to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Make four indentations in the sauce with the back of a large spoon. Crack an egg into each. Reduce the heat to low, place a lid on top of the skillet and allow the mixture to simmer while you make the grits. It should take about 10 minutes of simmering on low with a lid for the eggs to poach.
  • In a medium pot with a lid, bring 3 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Once it reaches a rolling boil, stir in the 3/4 cup of quick cooking grits and 3/4 tsp salt. Reduce the heat to low, place a lid on the pot, and allow it to cook on the lowest heat setting for 5 minutes. After five minutes it should be thick. Turn off the heat and stir in the butter. Place the lid back on the pot to keep them warm until you’re ready to serve.
  • Once the eggs are done cooking, spoon some grits into a bowl and top with an egg and a spoonful or two of the tomato sauce. Add sliced fresh green onions on top.
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Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 355.95 kcalCarbohydrates: 37.48 gProtein: 11.28 gFat: 18.68 gSodium: 1340.08 mgFiber: 5.3 g
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top view of salsa poached eggs with grits, topped with a dollop of sour cream

I couldn’t help adding a little sour cream… since this was a “sweep the pantry” type of meal.

Step By Step Photos

sauce ingredients on counter
If the instructions looked complex above, this is really how simple it is. These four ingredients are pretty much the basis of the sauce. Oh, plus a little olive oil and garlic. Easy.

onions and garlic in skillet
Start out by cooking the diced onion and minced garlic in a skillet over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent.

tomatoes, tomato paste and green chilies added to skillet
Once the onions are nice and soft, add the can of tomatoes, tomato paste, and can of green chiles.

water and spices added to skillet
Also add 3/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of cumin, freshly cracked pepper, and 1/2 cup of water. Give it all a good stir and allow it to come up to a simmer over medium heat.

Four eggs added into sauce mixture in skillet
Make four little divots in the sauce with the back of a large spoon. Crack the eggs into each one. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and let simmer while you make the grits. It should take at least ten minutes (if your eggs were cold) to poach the eggs.

quick grits cooking in pot
Quick cooking grits cook really fast so I only have a pic of the finished product. Basically, just bring 3 cups of water up to a boil, then stir in the grits and salt, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Then turn the heat off, stir in the butter, and put the lid back on until you’re ready to eat.

poached eggs finished and garnished with green onion
After the eggs are finished cooking, sprinkle the sliced green onions on top.

poached eggs in salsa with grits being scooped out and served on plate
Spoon some cooked grits into a bowl, place a poached egg on top along with a few spoonfuls of tomato sauce. I also added a smidge of sour cream. Yum.

Close up of salsa poached eggs with grits