Scrambled Eggs with Black Beans, Broth and Epazote

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 35m

Serves 6

The scrambled eggs are served bathed in a broth in individual pots. In this case, it is a bean broth flavored with epazote, a unique-tasting herb that often accompanies beans in Mexico. The eggs can also be scrambled with the beans (without broth) for huevos tirados. Serve with hot tortillas.


  • For Sauce:
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 small onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Frijoles de la Olla, measured with broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 ounce epazote, washed and tied in a bunch, plus 6 leaves, optional (for garnish)
  • For Eggs:
  • 2 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil
  • 12 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt to taste


FOR SAUCE: puree the garlic and onions in a blender with the bean broth; use a little of the water, if necessary. Heat the oil in a wide earthenware pot or medium saucepan. Pour the garlic mixture and the beans into the oil and fry over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring. Season with salt and add the remaining water and the bunch of epazote. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes; the sauce should be thickened but still "brothy". Remove and discard the epazote before serving.

FOR EGGS: Heat the oil in a large frying pan and scramble the eggs, seasoning with salt.

TO SERVE: Divide the eggs among 6 deep soup bowls, cover with the sauce, decorate with the epazote leaves, if desired, and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 900

nutrition information per serving

283 calories; 19g total fat; 379mg cholesterol; 1271mg sodium; 14g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 15g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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