The Fresh & Filling Breakfast I’ve Been Eating My Entire Life (It Only Takes 10 Minutes)

published May 7, 2021
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Huevos y Frijoles

This combination of corn tortillas, black beans, and fried eggs is a wholesome yet filling start to the day.

Serves1

Prep5 minutes

Cook5 minutes

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Credit: Jennifer Zyman

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which means black beans were one of my very first foods. I fell hard and fast for them — all legumes, really. My mom loves to tell a story that I ate black beans with such enthusiasm as a toddler and ended up so messy that she’d have to put me in my high chair outside and wash me down with a garden hose.

Because black beans were, and continue to be, one of my favorite foods, I ate them for breakfast, too. Sometimes as molletes, a crusty piece of bread topped with black beans and melty white cheese. But my favorites always included tortillas, which were a considerable part of our everyday meals because my parents were born and raised in Mexico City.

The number-one breakfast I requested my mom to make was like a huevos rancheros without the hot sauce (although hot sauce would eventually make its way on the plate). She would make huge pots of Brazilian-style black beans — super garlicky and rich with olive oil — scoop some on top of two tortillas cooked directly on the gas flame of our stove, and top them with two fried eggs with lacey edges. As you cut into the yolk, it would spill into the black beans, and cutting little slices of tortilla made for one incredible bite.  

The older I got, the more I would incorporate spoonfuls of my mom’s homemade salsas (there were always homemade salsas in the fridge from the night before, and sometimes a handful of chopped white onion and cilantro). Today, my interpretation of the dish has evolved as my tastes have evolved. I still cook my tortillas directly on my gas stove, and make my mom’s black beans and fried eggs with the crispy borders, but I also like a big helping of chopped cilantro, onion, and a side of pickled jalapeños. I’m also currently obsessed with chipotle Tabasco, so I use that, but you can use your hot sauce or salsa of choice. 

That variability is what I love most about this dish, so adjust it to what you have on hand or to your taste. Don’t have black beans? Pintos or a similarly hearty bean will work. I usually make a big pot of dried beans and freeze them in plastic restaurant containers, which also makes for an easy side for taco night. But you can also start with low-sodium canned beans and season them yourself with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little salt. Corn tortillas hold up better to the beans, but you can use flour if that’s your thing. Just heat them on both sides until the tortillas puff up. If you want to add creaminess without cheese, add a wedge of avocado. You can even add chopped tomatoes, as long as the basics of beans + tortilla + egg are there. 

No matter how you make it, it’s a guaranteed fresh and filling start to your day.

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Huevos y Frijoles

This combination of corn tortillas, black beans, and fried eggs is a wholesome yet filling start to the day.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 5 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons

    chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems

  • 2 tablespoons

    finely chopped white onion

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons

    olive oil, divided

  • 1 cup

    cooked black beans

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    corn tortillas

  • 2

    large eggs

  • Serving options: hot sauce, pickled jalapeños, crumbled queso fresco, or diced avocado

Instructions

  1. Coarsely chop until you have 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems. Finely chop until you have 2 tablespoons white onion.

  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add 1 cup black beans and cook until heated through. Taste and season with kosher salt as needed.

  3. Heat the remaining 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add 2 large eggs and cook until the whites are cooked through and the yolks are to the desired doneness. Meanwhile, heat 2 corn tortillas by placing them one at a time directly on the gas stove grates (or in a frying pan on an electric stove) over medium heat until they are nicely colored and charred in spots, 20 to 30 seconds per side.

  4. Stack the tortillas on a plate. Top with the hot beans, fried eggs, cilantro, and onion. Serve with hot sauce, pickled jalapeños, queso fresco, or avocado if desired.