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Pepper Jack Frico Eggs with Salsa Verde & Bean Dip 'n' Chips

Pepper Jack Frico Eggs with Salsa Verde & Bean Dip 'n' Chips


  • 4 tomatillos, husked and rinsed

  • 2 small onions—1 peeled and quartered, 1 chopped

  • 2 large jalapeños—1 whole, 1 seeded and chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic—2 crushed, 1 chopped

  • Cooking spray

  • Salt and pepper

  • A small handful (about 1/4 cup) of fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 limes, juiced (about 4 tbsp.)

  • 2 tsp. ground cumin

  • About 1 tsp. honey or light agave

  • 2 tbsp. olive or safflower oil

  • 1 can (15 to 15.5 oz.) pinto beans, drained

  • About 1 tsp. hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot or Tabasco)

  • About 2 cups shredded pepper Jack

  • 8 eggs

  • Yellow or blue corn tortilla chips


  • Step 1

    Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil, shiny-side down. Place the tomatillos, quartered onion, whole jalapeño, and crushed garlic on the sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray; season with salt and pepper. Char the vegetables under the broiler until the onion and jalapeño are browned and the tomatillos are soft, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a food processor. Add the cilantro, half of the lime juice, 1 tsp. cumin, and the honey. Pulse into a slightly chunky salsa. Transfer to a bowl; season. Rinse out the processor bowl.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a medium nonstick skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the chopped onion, jalapeño, and garlic; season. Add the remaining 1 tsp. cumin. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and simmer, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, about 6 minutes. Add the beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the bean mixture to the food processor. Add the hot sauce and the remaining lime juice. Puree until smooth. Season the bean dip with salt.

  • Step 3

    Heat a small (6-inch) nonstick skillet with a lid over medium. Scatter 1/2 cup cheese in an even layer in the pan. When the cheese melts, bubbles, and begins to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes, crack 2 eggs on top of the cheese. Cover and cook the eggs until soft, medium, or hard, about 2 minutes for medium. Remove from heat. Let cool for a minute, then carefully slide the cheese-laced eggs onto a plate. (The cheese will turn golden brown on the bottom and edges and crisp as it cools.) Spoon a thick line of salsa over the cheesy eggs between the 2 yolks. Repeat with the remaining cheese, eggs, and salsa.

  • Step 4

    Serve a quarter of the bean dip alongside the eggs on each plate. Serve with any extra salsa and the chips for dipping.