Making traditional Mexican dish Chilaquiles


Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish that typically consists of fried tortilla chips smothered in a sauce and topped with various garnishes. It can be enjoyed as a hearty breakfast or a satisfying brunch option. The following is a basic recipe for chilaquiles along with some suggestions for customization:

- Tortilla chips: You can use store-bought tortilla chips or make your own by frying or baking tortillas until crisp, then cutting them into triangles.
- Salsa: You can use either red or green salsa, depending on your preference. You can make your own salsa from scratch or use a store-bought version.
- Optional: If you prefer a milder flavor, you can add some tomato sauce or diced tomatoes to the salsa.
- Chicken or eggs: Chilaquiles can be made with shredded chicken or scrambled eggs. You can use either or both, depending on your preference.
- Garnishes: Common garnishes include crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese, diced onions, chopped cilantro, sour cream, sliced avocado, and pickled jalapeños.

1. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat a small amount of oil over medium heat.
2. Add the tortilla chips to the pan and cook them until they become slightly crispy. Stir them occasionally to ensure they cook evenly.
3. Once the chips are crispy, pour the salsa over them and stir gently to coat the chips evenly. Cook for a few minutes until the chips have absorbed some of the salsa and become slightly softened but not mushy.
4. If you're using chicken, you can either cook it separately and shred it, then add it to the pan with the chips and salsa, or you can cook it directly in the pan with the chips and salsa.
5. If you prefer eggs, scramble them in a separate pan and set them aside.
6. Once the chips, salsa, and any additional ingredients are combined, you can season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Serve the chilaquiles hot, garnished with crumbled cheese, diced onions, chopped cilantro, sour cream, sliced avocado, and pickled jalapeños. You can customize the toppings based on your preferences.

Note: Chilaquiles can be enjoyed as is, or you can serve them with refried beans, rice, or a side of Mexican-style scrambled eggs. Some variations also include adding shredded lettuce or sliced radishes as additional garnishes.

Remember, this recipe serves as a basic guideline, and you can adjust the ingredients and proportions to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy your homemade chilaquiles!