Chilaquiles are a popular Mexican breakfast that your family is going to love. The traditional dish includes fried corn tortillas, green salsa, fried eggs, and delicious toppings.
When we are looking to switch up our breakfast rotation, we always try to incorporate recipes from other countries! We love to make dishes from all over the globe! This recipe hails from Mexico, but some of our other favorites are Italian, Thai, Asian, and Greek.
I first tried Chilaquiles (pronounced chee-luh-KEE-lays) at a restaurant in Gilbert, Arizona. The waitress told me it was kind of like breakfast nachos. Say no more! I ordered it and totally fell in love and I knew I had to start making it at home. Now, when I am craving a unique and savory breakfast, Chilaquiles are one of my favorites!
What are Chilaquiles made of?
- Lightly-Fried Corn Tortillas: First, you cut your corn tortillas into quarters and lightly fry them in oil. Then, you drain them on a plate with a paper towel and lightly salt them.
- Green or Red Sauce: Next, heat your sauce. You can use a green or red sauce, I prefer green. Use a premade sauce, or make your own! I usually use salsa verde or even green enchilada sauce. Toss the chips in the sauce until all the chips are coated.
- Protein: After you coat the chips in sauce, top the Chilaquiles with the protein of your choice. I like my Chilaquiles with eggs (fried or scrambled). However, sometimes if I have leftover pulled chicken or pork, I use that instead. For a vegetarian option, some people like to serve this dish with refried beans.
- Toppings: This is where you can get really creative. See our toppings list below for ideas!
- queso fresco
- pickled red onions
- diced tomatoes
- black beans
- hot sauce
If you are pressed for time, you can use tortilla chips instead of frying your own.
This depends on who you ask! Some people like their Chilaquiles more crunchy, and some like them on the tender side. For a crispier crunch, add only half of the sauce to the recipe.
Yes! I have added pulled pork and pulled chicken to my Chilaquiles before and it is delicious! I have also seen bacon and chorizo as toppings.
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How to Make Chilaquiles
- Cut the corn tortillas into quarters.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Lightly fry each side of the tortilla quarters until they are golden brown and crispy. Place the fried chips on a plate covered with a paper towel to drain the oil. Remove the oil from the skillet.
- In the skillet, heat the green sauce over medium heat. Add chips and toss until all the chips are coated.
- Add eggs and any additional toppings and serve immediately.