Chilaquiles with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Chilaquiles with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Background and History

Chilaquiles, a staple of Mexican cuisine, traces its roots back to ancient Aztec traditions. This hearty dish transforms leftover tortillas into a flavorful and satisfying meal. Often served for breakfast or brunch, chilaquiles have become a beloved comfort food, featuring crispy tortilla chips bathed in vibrant tomato sauce and topped with an array of garnishes.

Ingredients

Corn Tortillas

12, cut into triangles.

Vegetable Oil

For frying.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes

6 medium-sized, chopped.

Onion

1 medium-sized, chopped.

Garlic Cloves

2, minced.

Jalapeño

1, chopped (seeds removed for milder sauce).

Cilantro

A handful, chopped.

Salt and Black Pepper

To taste.

Toppings

Queso Fresco or Cotija Cheese

Crumbled.

Avocado

Sliced.

Cilantro

Chopped.

Radishes

Sliced.

Fried or Poached Eggs

Optional.

Serves

4

Time

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Instructions

Prepare Homemade Tomato Sauce

In a saucepan, sauté chopped onions and minced garlic until softened.

Add tomatoes, jalapeño, and cilantro. Simmer until the tomatoes break down.

Season with salt and black pepper. Blend the mixture into a smooth sauce.

Fry Tortilla Triangles

In a separate pan, heat vegetable oil for frying.

Fry tortilla triangles until golden and crispy. Remove and drain excess oil on paper towels.

Assemble Chilaquiles

In a large bowl, gently toss the crispy tortilla triangles with the homemade tomato sauce.

Serve with Toppings

Plate the chilaquiles and top with crumbled queso fresco or Cotija cheese, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro, and sliced radishes.

Optionally, add fried or poached eggs on top.

Enjoy

Serve immediately, allowing the tortillas to soak up the flavors of the sauce while maintaining their crispiness.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~300 per serving

Protein: ~5g

Fat: ~15g

Carbohydrates: ~40g

Notes

Customize the spice level of the tomato sauce with additional jalapeños.

Chilaquiles are versatile; experiment with different toppings like salsa, guacamole, or pickled onions.

Use store-bought tortilla chips for a quicker version.

Allergy Warning

Check ingredient labels for potential allergens.

Customize the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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