Mexican chilaquiles, strips of fried corn tortillas simmered in salsa, and served with cheese, eggs, or beans.
Chilaquiles. Chee-lah-KEE-less! I mentioned I wanted to make chilaquiles to a Mexican friend the other day and you should have see the smile and look of rapture that came over his face.
This is true Mexican comfort food, what your mom made you for breakfast when she had some stale tortillas that needed to get used up.
Chilaquiles are basically corn tortilla pieces that are fried, cooked in salsa, and sprinkled with cheese. They are often served for breakfast with eggs and a side of beans or nopalitos.
My mother grew up with her mother making them with green chile tomato salsa and grated longhorn cheese, a Tex Mex version.
Chilaquiles made with salsa verde, garnished with cilantro, red onion, cotija cheese, crema Mexicana, and avocado and served with black beans
I recently brought some homemade salsa verde over to my friend Arturo’s house and he made two traditional Mexican versions for me, one with the salsa verde, and one with a red chile sauce made with dried ancho chiles. Recipes for both follow.
Do you like enchiladas? Chilaquiles are basically the same ingredients, but with a lot less work. No rolling.
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