Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chilaquiles (tortilla chips bathed in salsa)

Chilaquiles are a very common Mexican breakfast food, and an even more common Mexican hangover food :)

This dish is very satisfying and leaves you with a feeling of wholeness like few other dishes can. I guess that's why it cures hangovers, it just makes everything right.


Depending on the sauce you use, they can be spicy or mild, red or green. Also, they can be eaten by themselves or with egg, chicken, or beef.

Today I present to you green and red chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, cream, queso fresco, onion and refried beans. As you can tell from the pictures, Bruno had his with red salsa, and I had mine with green salsa.

The recipe for the salsas I used can be found here. Although you could use a store bought salsa, I don't recommend the ones normally used for dipping. Look for more liquidy types of salsa, like the Herdez brand.

The true preparation of this dish involves frying tortillas, however I have a bunch of leftover tostadas from my Tostadas de tinga, so I decided to use those. You can use any tortilla chips, tostadas, taco shells, or go for the real deal and fry some corn tortillas.

Chilaquiles with scrambled egg
Servings: 2
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Total time: 15 min

3 cups red salsa (click here for recipe)
3 cups green salsa (click here for recipe)
12 tostadas, broken into triangles
4 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
2-3 white onion slices
1/4 cup queso fresco, crumbled
1/2 cup refried beans

Begin by scrambling the eggs. If you want to learn my scrambled egg tricks, look here.

Heat the red salsa in the microwave for 2 minutes. Place half the eggs on a deep plate. Add half the tostada chips on top of the egg. Pour the 3 cups of red salsa on top. If you want to make the sour cream more manageable, you can mix it with a little milk or light cream and a bit of salt. Pour it over the salsa. Add the onion, cheese on top and the refried beans on the side.

Repeat the process with the green salsa.


The tostada chips will start to get soggy but some will remain crunchy. This is a delicious contrast in texture! You will have forkfuls of creamy, cheesy salsa with juicy eggs, and a crunch to end it all. Oh my god, my mouth is watering!

For an even fuller meal, you can add some shredded chicken or a thin beef steak on top. Or you can place your eggs on top, sunny side up instead of scrambled. The possibilities are endless!

Bruno loves this so much it is of course in the Brunometer's Top 10.

9.6 / 10

Proof:

Yeah, that's what the plate looked like after he ate.

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