Me-ki-shi-kan Tamago


That title means “Mexican Eggs.” If we were Japanese this is probably what we’d call this dish, because it’s inspired by everyone’s favorite Mexican breakfast Huevos Rancheros, and it involves eggs (tamago). But anyway, it only takes a few simple ingredients to create a healthy dinner or breakfast.

If using dry black beans: Soak 8 oz of beans overnight. Place beans in a dutch oven or large pot and add 3 cups water or broth — enough to cover the beans — and simmer for about an hour. When tender, season with salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin to taste. Refrigerate for later or proceed below!

2 cups cooked black beans, seasoned
1 TBS. olive oil
1 bunch of spinach, washed and roughly chopped
salt & pepper to taste
chili powder to taste
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
vegetable oil for frying
2 corn tortillas
2 eggs
Habanero Salsa to taste

  • Add a swig of olive oil to a frying pan over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, and a squeeze of lime juice. Divide the spinach between two plates.
  • In a different pan, add vegetable oil to a depth of a 1/4 inch. Heat over medium high heat. When hot, fry the tortillas on both sides until crispy, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
  • Bring the pan that had spinach in it to medium high heat. Add a little more oil if necessary. Crack two eggs into the pan and season the tops with salt and pepper. Cook to your liking. It’s best if the yolk is a little runny.
  • Place a fried corn tortilla on each plate next to the pile of spinach. Top with a few spoonfuls of black beans, followed by the egg, and a sprinkling of your favorite salsa. Enjoy!

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    4 thoughts on “Me-ki-shi-kan Tamago

    1. What a great twist on the traditional! Is it difficult to find mexican ingredients (or other ethnic ingredients aside from asian) in Japan?

    2. thanks, joelen! yes, it’s very difficult to find many ingredients. we brought the dried black beans from the U.S. and we took the train 30 minutes into the city to find the tortillas and salsa. but it was worth it 🙂

    3. oh im glad to discover your oishii blog: well my hubby and i were expat in japan five years ago! its great news i can now see all those oishii japanese food im dying to taste again !!

      hmmm tabetai 🙂

    4. this looks so good! Ive really been wanting to try juevos rancheros since I had them at a really nice resturant one weekend for brunch. Ive not found many recipes that compare, but yours does. It looks beautiful.

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