Southwestern Breakfast Skillet

Have you ever craved a fancy breakfast but thought it was beyond your capabilities or required special kitchen equipment?
Well, if you have a medium-sized frying pan you can make your own fancy breakfast, and eat it too.


  • 1 large russet potato, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into 1/4” rounds
  • 4 ounces chipotle salsa (see notes)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fire-roasted corn kernels
  • 1 ounce sharp cheddar, grated
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1 pinch cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1 pinch chili powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  • 8 eggs, fried (see notes)
  • 1 avocado, sliced (1/4 per serving)
  • 1/2 ounce cotija cheese, crumbled


  • Chopped cilantro
  • Warm corn tortilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 425f. Toss diced potatoes
    with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, a small pinch of salt,
    pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Mix thoroughly.
    Arrange one layer on a greased baking tray
    Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. While potatoes are cooking add the remaining oil to
    a cast iron skillet. Fry the onions over medium heat until they wilt, then add the zucchini,
    remaining cumin, and chilli powder. Continue to
    saute until zucchini is almost cooked through.
  3. Add salsa and beans. Bring the heat down to
    medium-low and turn the oven down to 350f. Cook
    beans, salsa, and zucchini for 5 minutes, then top
    with potatoes and cheese.
  4. Put the tray in the oven and leave until the cheese melts.
    Serve topped with two fried eggs, 1/4 avocado and
    sprinkled with cotija cheese.

Optional: sprinkled also with chopped cilantro and warm corn

Notes: any medium heat salsa will work, but I
absolutely love the strong, zesty flavors in the
chipotle garlic salsa I’ve been able to find here.
This skillet is best with an over medium, over easy, or sunny-side-up fried egg; in other words an egg
with a liquid yolk. Unless liquid egg yolk really
squicks you out I highly recommend it. It really
makes a world of difference