Moroccan Vegetarian Chili with Poached Eggs

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Vegetarian Moroccan chili loaded with beans and topped with poached eggs.

Vegetarian Moroccan Bean Chili with Poached Eggs

There’s something about poached eggs on vegetables, grains, or beans that instantly gets us by a fireplace on a cold night. Even if it’s still in the (insanely warm) 80’s outside. This might be the warmest October so far in my memory in the Bay Area, and I’ve lived here for over 25 years. I grew up in Pennsylvania and lived for many years in Massachusetts, and I am so ready for crisp weather, sweaters, and corduroy slacks. I want to pull on knee socks and slip into soft loafers and relax with a book while a football game plays in the background.

Vegetarian Moroccan Bean Chili with Poached Eggs

But our weather right now invites us to the beach for a cookout. I know. Complaints from paradise. But it just seems wrong.

The weatherman promises colder weather next week, and I’m holding him to it. I’m pulling out my autumn and winter dishes, and ignoring the fan that’s keeping me cool. In a version of ‘build it and they will come’, I figure if I make enough cold weather dishes, fall and winter weather will come.

Vegetarian Moroccan Bean Chili with Poached Eggs

Cook’s Tips-

There are a couple of ways to add the eggs. Most recipes call for cooking off some of the liquid so that the chili is thick, forming a hollow with a spoon, and plopping a raw egg into the hollow. Simmer the chili until the egg white becomes solid, but not so long that the yolk completely hardens.

An option is to just fry or poach the egg separately and add it on top at the end. This works just fine too.

Don’t, however, be tempted to broil the egg at the end for a quick cooking. It ruins the texture of the egg and it’s almost impossible to end up with the yolk anything but the texture of a rubber ball. Trust me on this one.

Ras-el-hanout is a spice common to North African and Middle Eastern dishes. The name is Arabic for “head of the shop” and implies a mixture of the best spices the seller has to offer. There’s a lot of variability for what goes into the spice mix, but cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and chili peppers are common ingredients. If you can’t find the spice mix, you can make your own, or add a cinnamon stick, a few cardamom pods, and a pinch of dried red pepper flakes.

Wimpy Tips-

When I used to eat sausage, this was one of my favorite comfort dinners for the cold nights of fall and winter from Food52. For my mostly vegetarian life, however, I substituted beans for the sausage. Feel free to add sausage for the meat eaters at your table, pork sausage would be great – or merguez, but I think you’ll find this hearty enough to satisfy everyone at the table without the meat.

Moroccan Vegetarian Chili with Poached Eggs
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Recipe type: Vegetarian Dinner
Serves: 4
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion (about ½ medium-large onion)
  • 2 cups diced sweet red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp minced Fresno red chile (or other mildly spicy pepper)
  • 1 ¾ tsp Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ras-el-hanout spice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 4 ½ cups chopped ripe tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups red beans
  • 4 large eggs
  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, peppers, and spices. Cook until the peppers and onions are very soft. Add the tomato paste and cook for five minutes, while occasionally stirring. This base is considered a sofrito in latin american, spanish, and Caribbean cuisine. It should be very fragrant.
  2. Add the tomatoes and beans. Cook for 30 minutes until the beans are heated and the tomatoes form a sauce. Turn the heat up to high for five minutes to evaporate some of the tomato sauce liquid and return the heat to medium-high.
  3. Form four hollows into the ragout with a large spoon and spill a raw egg into each hollow. I recommend breaking each egg individually first into a separate bowl and adding them one at a time. Cover the pan and simmer for ten minutes or until the egg whites firm up but the yolks thicken, but remain runny.
  4. Serve by spooning out an egg with the ragout into a bowl. A thick slice of crusty bread is a great accompaniment.

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  1. says

    This looks amazing. I’m not into runny eggs but the husband is, it’s cool that you can totally portion these things out. It looks so comforting, I wish I had a fireplace!

  2. says

    Oh this is perfect for a chilly night’s dinner. I love the spiced vegetables, beans and egg together. I can’t wait for the chilly weather, it’s started to cool down and I can’t wait to pull the socks on also, I still have my fans on to cool and even ran the AC for the last few days. Cool weather and food like this are welcome for me! I have to make some ras el hanout.
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  3. says

    Poached eggs are my achilles heel of cooking, I just can’t get them with a lovely runny yoke. Now cooking it like this I think I could have some success with. Looks wonderful.

  4. says

    You had me at poached eggs, Susan! No matter the season, the lovely protein atop steamed white rice or baked potatoes is perfection. I probably would poach mine separately and garnish the top of the shop spiced ragout recipe created by a top of the class chef!

  5. EA-The Spicy RD says

    This looks so yummy, even if its super hot here in San Diego too. Here’s to a bit cooler weather for oth of us :-)

  6. says

    That looks absolutely delicious Susan! I adore anything with Moroccan spices… I haven’t tried this dish yet but I’d definitely love to give it a go on a cold evening with some warm crusty bread. Mmmm! Thanks for the recipe. You always write so well :) x
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  7. says

    You made me laugh with your “if you build it, they will come,” Susan, and I am wondering if that applies to Dubai as well. Our weather is starting to cool off and we are grateful for evenings and early mornings in the eighties. Living in desert or tropical climes for most of the last 20-something years, I’ve learned to just make what I feel like eating and let the weather be hanged!

    That said, I think your thick spicy tomato sauce with poached eggs looks divine and I would even eat it in the heat. Delicious!
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  8. says

    This sounds like the perfect dsh on a fall evening. I am keeping my fingers crossed for fall weather to hit the Bay Area. Otherwise, hop on I5 and visit us in PDX :)

  9. Erin says

    Thanks for this recipe! I am making this tomorrow night! Quick question: what type of beans did you use for this recipe?


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