Chakchouka (Shakshouka)


Shakshuka (chakchouka or shakshouka) is a Tunisian dish of tomatoes, onions, pepper, spices, and eggs. It's usually eaten for breakfast or lunch, but I think it's tasty anytime. And it's easy to make. It is similar to the Turkish dish menemen and the Latin American breakfast dish huevos rancheros.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped onion

  • 1 cup thinly sliced bell peppers, any color

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or to taste

  • 2 ½ cups chopped tomatoes

  • 1 hot chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 large eggs


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook and stir until vegetables have softened and onion has turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, mix together tomatoes, chile pepper, cumin, paprika, and salt in a bowl.

  3. Stir tomato mixture into onion mixture. Simmer, uncovered, until tomato juices have cooked off, about 10 minutes.

  4. Make 4 indentations in tomato mixture; crack eggs into indentations. Cover the skillet and cook until eggs are firm but not dry, about 5 minutes.

    close up view of Chakchouka (Shakshouka) in a pan


You may use drained canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
15g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 654mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 65mg 325%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 511mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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