Make these for your next breakfast. Chilaquiles are corn tortilla pieces that are fried, cooked in salsa, and sprinkled with cheese. You can serve these along with eggs and a side of beans. There are two ways to prepare these chilaquiles, with red chile sauce or salsa verde. Top the chilaquiles, cilantro and red onion.
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
- 12 corn tortillas, preferably stale, or left out overnight to dry out a bit, quartered or cut into 6 wedges
- Corn oil
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups red chile sauce or salsa verde, store-bought or homemade (see end of recipe for homemade versions)
- A few sprigs of epazote, optional
- Cotija cheese or queso fresco
- Crema Mexicana or creme fraiche
- Cilantro, chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- Avocado, sliced or roughly chopped
- Fry the tortillas: In a large sauté pan, coat pan generously with corn oil, (1/8 inch), heat on medium high to high. When the oil is quite hot, add the tortillas, fry until golden brown.
Remove tortillas to a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Sprinkle a little salt on the tortillas.
Wipe pan clean of any browned bits of tortillas.
- Heat the salsa: Add 2 tablespoons of oil to pan, bring to high heat again. Add the salsa and let salsa cook for several minutes. If you have a few sprigs of epazote, add them to the salsa.
- Add fried tortillas to the salsa: Add the fried tortilla quarters to the salsa. Gently turn over the pieces of tortilla until they are all well coated with salsa. Let cook for a few minutes more.Remove from heat. Serve chilaquiles with garnishes and fried eggs and beans or nopalitos.
Red chile sauce:
Take 4 dried ancho chiles, remove seeds, stems, and veins. Heat chiles lightly on a skillet on medium heat to draw out their flavor. Put chilies in a saucepan, pour boiling hot water over to cover. Let sit for 15 minutes. Add chiles, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 1/2 cups of chile soaking liquid to a blender. Hold down lid of blender tightly while blending, blend until completely puréed. Strain through a mesh sieve into a frying pan to make the chilaquiles.
Put 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, into a saucepan, cover with water by an inch. Add 1 jalapeno, stems and seeds removed. Add 2 cloves garlic. Bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes until tomatillos have changed color and are cooked through. Use slotted spoon to remove tomatillos, jalapeno and garlic to a blender. Add a cup of the cooking liquid. Blend until completely puréed. Add salt to taste.
Source: Simply Recipes