Spicy Chorizo and Lima-Bean Scramble

Spicy Chorizo and Lima-Bean ScrambleRecipe
Photo: Jeffery Cross; Styling: Robyn Valarik

This Mexican-style skillet dinner makes a good brunch too. If you can find large yellow canned limas--a variety known as butter beans--choose those over the smaller green limas; they have a deeper, richer flavor.

Serves 4 to 6


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12 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo*, casings removed
About 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-in. strips
1 can (15 oz.) lima or butter beans, drained and rinsed
3 large eggs
Salt and pepper
1 bunch cilantro with leaves and tender stems, chopped (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or other mild white cheese
8 corn tortillas, warmed*
Bottled hot sauce


Total: 30 Minutes

1. Cook chorizo in a large frying pan over high heat, breaking up chunks with a spoon and stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 6 minutes (to keep it from sticking, you may need to add a little water and turn down the heat). With a slotted spoon, lift chorizo from any oil and put in a bowl; set aside.

2. Add enough oil to pan to make about 2 tbsp. fat. Add onion and pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring occa­sionally, until onion is beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Return chorizo to pan and stir in beans.

3. With a wooden spoon, make a well in the center. Crack eggs into well, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and let cook un­disturbed 15 seconds; then use a spatula to softly scramble. Fold eggs into the chorizo-bean mixture. Top with cilantro and cheese and serve with tortillas and hot sauce.

*Avoid the very soft type sold in plastic casings; it doesn't taste great and tends to dissolve when cooked. To warm tortillas, wrap in a kitchen towel and microwave them for 1 minute.

Note: Recipe will be gluten free with gluten-free chorizo.

Created date

November 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 597
Caloriesfromfat 57 %
Protein 26 g
Fat 38 g
Satfat 10 g
Carbohydrate 43 g
Fiber 6.2 g
Sodium 1127 mg
Cholesterol 159 mg