Crispy homemade corn tortilla chips covered in a warm salsa and topped with a variety of delicious toppings. When friends ask me to describe chilaquiles, I tell them they are they are the original nachos.
Basically, nachos are corn tortilla chips topped with a warm sauce, usually cheese and then garnished with almost anything! On many Sunday’s, my Mom would prepare a big skillet of queso panela con chile and salsa. She would simple serve it with warm corn tortillas, tostadas or pan bolillo.
Over the years, chilaquiles became an inexpensive way to feed a large family. They can be prepared with any of your favorite warmed salsa or enchilada sauce. Add in some shredded chicken, carne asada, guisados or pork to make it a complete meal. Top with an egg or garnish with pickled onions, jalapeños, Mexican crema and fresh cilantro. The traditional chilaquiles are made by tossing the chips directly into the warm salsa in the skillet, but I find the chips get too soggy for my liking. This is a great recipe for any day of the week and you can prepare a quicker version with a few premade ingredients from the market. Great dish for leftovers!
Chilaquiles de Pollo en una Salsa Picante de Mole. All the robust flavors of Mole, but in half of the time it takes to prepare a traditional Mole. Click onto the picture to see the full recipe right here for Easy Mole Sauce.
For Fried Corn Tortilla Chips~Totopos. Click onto picture for full recipe.
3 cups Everyday Mole Sauce, 3 cups shredded (cooked) chicken,
10 to 12 ounces of homemade, thick, corn tortilla chips
1 cup Mexican crema
1 cup Queso fresco or panela, crumbled
1/2 cup Pickled red onions, see recipe above
1. Heat the chicken and mole sauce in a large skillet until it comes to a simmer. Shut off heat and toss the chips in gently until evenly coated.
2. Top with crema, crumbled cheese, pickled onions and cilantro. Serve right away. Yields 6 servings as an appetizer.
Find the recipe for Carne Guisda right here on the link below or prepare your favorite version.
1 pound tomatillos, 3 anaheim peppers, 2 poblanos, 4 serrano peppers, 3 cloves garlic and 1 red onion. After broiling, remove skins from anaheim, poblano peppers and garlic. Add all ingredients to the blender. Season with a pinch of oregano and salt to taste. Blend until smooth, adding a little water if needed. Tip~ I like to blend in fresh cilantro and 1 fresh jalapeño after ingredients have cooled to give it a darker green color.
Chilaquiles with a salsa roja, salsa de mesa. Topped with sauteed onion and chile serrano, an egg and queso fresco.
These easy chilaquiles also with warm Salsa de Mesa(link right above), crema, cotija cheese and fresh toppings!
One of my favorite dishes to prepare when I have molé sauce available, Chilaquiles!! On this occasion I fried up some red corn tortillas for my chips. I didn’t have any chicken or else it would have really been quite a meal! See the links here for a variety of molé sauce recipes you can prepare right in your own kitchen!
Easy Molé Sauce
The toasted sesame seeds are a must for these easy meatless molé chilaquiles!!
For Pickled red Onions
- 1 large red onion sliced into thin strips
- 1-2 serrano peppers thinly sliced
- 1/3 teaspoon crushed Mexican oregano
- Pinch of fresh cracked pepper
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/3 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil optional
- Salt to taste I start with 1/2 teaspoon
- 5 large tomatillos remove husk and rinse
- 2 serrano peppers stems removed
- 1/2 cup cooking liquid
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder or chicken base optional
- Salt to taste
For Baked Chips
- Grapeseed or olive oil
- 12 corn tortillas sliced into wedges
- Salt to taste
- Red pepper flakes optional
You Will Also Need
- 12 oz queso panela or fresco sliced
- cilantro chopped
- Preheat oven to 395 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with foil paper, set aside. In a glass bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the pickled red onions. Stir well to combine, taste for salt. Cover and set aside. Stir ow and then.
- Peel the husk from the tomatillos and rinse under lukewarm water. Transfer to a pot with chile serrano, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Brush the tortillas with oil on both sides and slice in half, then into thirds so you have 6 chips. Lay the uncooked chips onto lined baking sheets. Sprinkle lightly on one side with kosher salt and red pepper flakes (if using). Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, turning halfway through baking time or until crispy. Remove from oven and let cool.
- In a large skillet, preheat 2 tablespoons of oil to medium for a few minutes. Drain all of the water from tomatillo/chile mixture, reserving 1/2 a cup liquid. Transfer to the blender, add reserved cooking liquid, chicken bouillon and salt to taste. Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour into hot skillet. When salsa comes to a boil, reduce heat add cheese slices and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Divide the chips into 4 shallow bowls, then divide the salsa/cheese mixture over chips. Garnish with pickled red onions and cilantro. Serve right away. Yields 4 appetizer servings.
1 cup sour cream
pinch of salt In a glass bowl, combine all the ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 3 hours. Refrigerate for 5-6 days.