Smoky Mexican Black Bean Breakfast Bowl

Smoky Mexican Black Bean Breakfast Bowl
Smith Street Books © Chris Middleton
  • Yield: 4 servings


1tablespoon olive oil
1 leek, pale section finely sliced
1tablespoon tomato paste
2teaspoons smoked hot paprika
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 (7 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4ounce butter
4 large free-range eggs
For the green rice
2cups vegetable or chicken stock
1tablespoon pickled jalapeno slices
1/2cup chopped coriander (cilantro) stems and leaves
2teaspoons olive oil
3/4cup brown whole grain basmati rice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
To serve
Coriander (cilantro) leaves
Shredded spring onion


  1. To make the green rice, warm the stock and jalapeños in a small saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the coriander, set aside to cool slightly, then, using a hand-held blender, puree the stock mixture until smooth. Strain into a jug, using a spatula to press some of the green pulp through the strainer. Discard the remaining pulp.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium-sized heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and cook the rice and garlic, stirring for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add 330 ml (11 fl oz/1 1/3 cups) of the jalapeño stock, bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and then cook, covered for 25–30 minutes or until the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and stand for 10 minutes, covered.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium–low heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8–10 minutes until tender. Add the tomato paste, paprika and garlic, increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in the tinned tomato, beans and ½ cup (125 ml) water, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
  4. While the rice is resting, heat the butter in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Whisk the eggs in a bowl with 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) water and a pinch of salt, making sure the salt has a chance to dissolve. When the butter is foaming, add the egg mixture to the pan. Gently move the egg around the pan with a spatula until scrambled to your liking. When the egg is almost set, remove from the heat.
  5. Serve the rice into bowls and top with the smoky beans and scrambled egg. Finish with coriander and spring onion.

Breakfast Bowls

Recipe reprinted with permission from Breakfast Bowls (Smith Street Books © 2017)