Salsa Poached Eggs

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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!

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!

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Salsa Poached Eggs

4.50 from 16 votes
These salsa poached eggs are like a southwest spin on shakshuka. Eggs poached in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with green chiles.
Close up of salsa poached eggs in the skillet with tortilla chips
Servings 4
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes



  • 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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Serving: 1servingCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 8gFat: 12gSodium: 706mgFiber: 2g
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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
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  1. Served this over cheese grits and loved it! I left out the cayenne so everyone at the table could adjust to their flavor preference with hot sauce.

    Think it’d be great over some hash browns roasted potatoes too.

  2. Delicious. I used a jalapeño instead of green chilies. Served over buttery grits.

  3. This turned out really well, but I do wish you’d correct the name.  It’s heuvos Rancheros.  We as white people need to stop co-opting and erasing other cultures.  Be better.

    Five stars for the recipe, zero stars for not acknowledging the origin of the recipe. 

    1. Hi Jamie, as a Latina and person of color, I appreciate you looking out for appropriation. However, this recipe was inspired by shakshuka, a middle eastern dish of eggs braised in a spiced tomato sauce. This is clearly stated in the blog post. Also, huevos rancheros are typically fried, served over a tortilla, and topped with pico de gallo, three elements which are not present in the recipe. Thanks for being here. XOXO -Monti

    2. Regardless of skin color, you should be able to make/eat what ever dish you want. Be better.

    3. Good Lord people please stop being so butt hurt. First sentece said ‘shakshuka with a southwest spin’. There was no reference to authentic Shakshuka or heuevos rancheros. Just a recipe people…. Relax

    4. The audacity of making this comment, and assuming that the creators of this site are white people…

    1. reply based on the quality of the recipe. She can call every recipe budget bytes #1, 2, 3 etc. These reviews actually matter so rate them based on the ACTUAL RECIPE

      Do better

  4. You outdid yourself. I’ve been following your blog for years, at this point I am basically exclusively cooking your recipes, and this one has to be the most tasty thing I ever cooked in my whole life. Thank you, Beth.

  5. We put our own spin on this using leftover veg for a single serving breakfast. Diced onion, pepper, zucchini (whatever is on hand/in season) with olive oil sauteed/grilled in a small pan. Once browned, add leftover salsa/canned tomato/spaghetti sauce, then crack an egg or two on top. Cover until egg(s) at desired doneness. Top with a dollop of plain yogurt/lebneh/sour cream. Delicious!

    1. Love the way you think, J! I’m tossing chopped okra and zucchini into the mix tonight, because that’s what we need to use from the garden. This recipe is fantastic, because it’s so easy to adjust to taste or to what you’ve got on hand.