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Baked Chili Shakshuka

October 21, 2014

Ever wondered what to do with that leftover chili? This warm and hearty Baked Chili Shakshuka is the perfect use! Plus it makes a delicious breakfast! 

Admittedly today’s post is a slight cop-out. I took Sunday’s One-Pot Beef and 3-Bean Chili, cracked some eggs on it and baked it. With optional cheese, which on this very day was not optional at all.

Baked Chili Shakshuka- The perfect use for your leftover chili that makes a warm a hearty shakshuka.My body and cheese have a complicated relationship. Actually my body and dairy have a complicated relationship. We’re kind of in love but at times wreak havoc on each other. We fall head over heels, followed by a brief honeymoon period and finish up with a “it’s not you, it’s me” style break-up. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Here’s something that might surprise you, I’m kind of okay with it. Besides cheese and greek yogurt I really don’t eat that much dairy. But I love cheese, a lot. And even with the occasional tummy-ache and break-out I’m not prepared to say goodbye to it forever.

Baked chili Shakshuka- The perfect use for your leftover chili that makes a warm a hearty shakshuka.I’ve cut it out and life was just sadder without it. Do I think other people wish I would give up dairy (if you catch my drift…)? Yes. But sorry C, it’s just not gonna happen.

Moral of the story is that at times the cheese is optional and other times it’s not.

Baked chili Shakshuka- The perfect use for your leftover chili that makes a warm a hearty shakshuka.In other news, Jenny asked if I could share the proper pronunciation of “shakshuka”. It’s “shAck-shooook-uh”. Or at least this is how my family says it. Then again my family seems to think they are Israeli and pronounce hummus “cHoomooose” (hard CH), so I’m maybe not the best person to ask.

Sidenote- it makes me laugh when I think about how Israelis would pronounce The Hummusapien. Alexis is making me LOL without even trying!


Baked Chili Shakshuka

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 cups of chili (I used my One-Pot Beef and 3-Bean Chili)
  • 4 large eggs
  • optional: 1/3 cup shredded cheese (I used parmesan)
  • parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add chili to a 10 inch cast-iron skillet and heat up on stove top until warm.
  3. Make 4 holes in chili and crack an directly into each hole.
  4. Top with cheese if using.
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until whites are no longer translucent. Cook for longer for more well-done eggs.
  6. Top with parsley and serve.


  • Serving Size: 4

Ever wondered what to do with that leftover chili? This warm and hearty Baked Chili Shakshuka is the perfect use! Plus it makes a delicious breakfast!

Do you have a complicated relationship with dairy? How do you pronounce hummus?


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  • Reply
    October 21, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I want everyone to pornounce Hummus with a hard CH – cause you will all sound like Swizzies. This CH is – like the dutch – the typical Swiss German ‘sign’. It’s always fun to teach it to strangers, lol.
    I love the baking idea. I NEED to do it again, since I have my steamer, I tend to always steam my food. Which is actually so boring compared to baking.
    I can’t have a difficult relationship with cheese, cause well, I am Swiss. We are the land of cheese. Sorry, but it’s true.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    October 21, 2014 at 5:45 am

    I legit just forwarded this to my foodie friends. This makes Saturday’s buffet look like punishment.

    You pronounce Hummus with a Z.

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    October 21, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I feel the EXACT same way about dairy…… cheese kind of hates me sometimes but I am fairy certain that I will always love it, and I’m certainly not ready to give it up.

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    October 21, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I’ve got a unrequited love situation going on with cheese/dairy. I love it, it hates me. I gave it up over summer cuz after pains so bad I thought I was gonna die. And then last month, I figured I’d give it a try again, cuz the pains couldn’t be as bad as I remembered…turns out they were worse 🙁
    So for right not, I’m a dairy-free gal

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    October 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I like cheese and yogurt, but that’s about all the dairy I usually eat. I like the idea of ice cream, but I don’t think it likes me very much. I’ll never give up cheese, though!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    October 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Ha! You’re funny. This post made me laugh. Cheese and I have a complicated relationship as well. It’s pretty but it makes me feel bad inside. Yeah I don’t think we have a happy ever after ending me and cheese. But what awesome photos. Is that pan in your store?

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    Nikki @ Quest for Balance
    October 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This looks spectacular. I don’t know why I’ve never thought to put eggs in top of chili – it makes so much sense! I need a cast iron pan ASAP so this can be consumed. And dairy and I do not get along at all. It’s sad really. I can’t have goat and sheep cheese though so that makes life a lot better. I’m with you though and definitely indulge every now and then but totally pay for it. I’m trying to give it up fully because the adult acne that results from it is seriously frustrating but i love ice cream and froyo so much that it’s hard to part. Le sigh.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    October 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

    While this looks delicious, I kind of want to make it so I can walk around saying “shakshuka”.

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    October 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

    SMART SMART LADY. I can’t wait to make my chili on Friday and do this Saturday morning for breakfast with your cornbread. I pronounce hummus YUMMUS because it’s so yummy and I love it.

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    Matt Robinson
    October 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

    This looks incredible, love the eggs on top!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    October 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I can have small amounts of cheese and natural/Greek yoghurt but any more than that and my tummy doesn’t like me! So I just enjoy the small amounts I can have!
    Hummus in the UK tends to be pronounced like HUGH-MUSS – we like to make things sound posh! 🙂

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    October 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

    WOOT! Making chili tonight! And now I can’t wait to make this tomorrow 🙂

    And I’m 99% sure dairy exacerbates my breakouts but I can’t (and won’t) give up cheese. Life would be sad without it!

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    October 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    This sounds/looks super yummy! Definitely going to try and use this as inspiration in some upcoming meal to a degree. My body doesn’t like dairy either. But I also love cheese. So tasty. And goes with everything. I pronounce hummus as (HUMM-mus) 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    October 21, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Oh man, I have a very complicated relationship with gluten and dairy, I feel ya. I figure with everything in life, moderation is best and recognizing when you need a break. Sounds like you’ve got this figured out 😉

    And YES to baking together. I’m totally down for all manner of cosy indoor activities!

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    October 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Dairy and I have a complicated relationship. I really can’t do ice cream and milk (but I do ice cream) and it doesn’t love cheese (but I do). Greek yogurt it can seemingly handle. That’s about it. At least it didn’t break up with me via text message. (too soon?)

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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    October 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Ummm, YUM. Cracking an egg on top of and adding cheese to any already yummy recipe is farrrr from a copout. Can we hang like yesterday so I can have lots and lots of bites of this por favor? Thanks 🙂 xox

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    October 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Other than nuts and bivalves and some unknown spice in curry, my body tolerates pretty much everything. Except for excessive amounts of raw cruciferous veggies and/or too many beans. Then you’d better watch out lol.

    Love the looks of this!

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    October 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Cheese is the only dairy I eat anymore but I love it!!!
    This looks tasty – I don’t think I would say it correctly but…

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    October 22, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’m typing this comment as I finish my breakfast that involved cottage cheese and milk. It’s safe to say that I’m fortunately on pretty great terms with dairy. But cheese and Greek yogurt I must agree are the staples. Without them, life is sad indeed.
    I want to pronounce hummus like that now!

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    October 22, 2014 at 11:09 am

    My relationship to dairy is your exact relationship to dairy 🙁 I absolutely love cheese, but it wreaks serious havoc on my insides…still, I eat it from time to time nonetheless because it is just.too.good! Thanks for the shakshuka pronunciation! I’ve been wondering about that for days! The dish looks amazing – I want it for every meal!!

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    October 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t eat dairy at all, but I do have a complicated relationship with wheat. I cut it out, feel great, and then crave a big fat hunk of bread like nobody’s business. So once in a while I go crazy, swell up like a balloon, and then cut it out again. Cest la vie.

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    Mary Frances
    October 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Haha, I am NOT the person to talk to about pronunciation either. My family will not take my word on anything anymore. I did win a debate over macaron and macaroons the other day so I guess I’m slowly regaining my place in the English language 🙂 This shakshuka looks absolutely incredible, the layers and colors and did I mention the eggs?? Gorgeous!

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    October 29, 2014 at 6:54 am

    How am I five posts behind, especially when yolk porn and cheese love, despite consequences is involved? Seriously, this is unacceptable. I thought you agreed to blog less. And now I have ten minutes before I have to get ready for work, which is not even close to enough time to catch up, especially when you factor in commenting time and the amount I talk. We need to come up with a better system. Ah hell with it. Feed me cheese and I’ll forgive you for over posting. 🙂

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    Ally @ Om Nom Ally
    November 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Mmmm this is my new favourite go-to meal for when I have left-over chilli! Baked with eggs and cheese? I’m sold! I’ve got no issues with dairy luckily and just like to make sure I’m eating the organic, full fat varieties of everything where possible. Favourites though would be feta and goat’s cheese, Greek/homemade yoghurt and cottage cheese.

    Also, my boyfriend just caught me sounding out different ways to pronounce ‘hummus’ and ‘shakshuka’ from how I normally say them – now he thinks I’m a little nuts…

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    Julia @ Swirls and Spice
    December 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Looks delicious! I gave up dairy for years and had to ease back into it. I found that sheep’s milk cheese and goat’s milk cheese are often easier to digest. Have you tried them?

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    December 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Just discovered your site, LOVE it!
    Great to find someone else who loves a good bit of leftover breakfast creativity genius! 🙂 Also works with leftover (or fresh) spaghetti sauce!
    Regarding the cheese, I hear ya luv! BUT, I find that goat (meh) and sheep (pecorino, manchego, etc!!) cheese/dairy is almost completely tolerable, do you find? try it!

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