Chilaquiles with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Background and History

Chilaquiles, a beloved Mexican dish, traces its roots back to ancient Aztec cuisine. Originally created as a way to use leftover tortillas, it has evolved into a flavorful comfort food enjoyed for breakfast or brunch. The dish typically consists of crispy tortilla chips smothered in sauce, providing a canvas for various toppings like cheese, avocado, and eggs.

Ingredients

For Homemade Tomato Sauce:

4 large tomatoes, chopped

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeño, chopped (optional for heat)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

For Chilaquiles:

1 bag (about 8 oz) tortilla chips

1 cup shredded cheese (queso fresco, cotija, or Monterey Jack)

2 avocados, sliced

Fresh cilantro, chopped

4 eggs (optional, for serving)

Lime wedges (for garnish)

Instructions

Prepare Tomato Sauce

In a saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and jalapeño. Sauté until softened. Add chopped tomatoes, cumin, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until tomatoes break down, creating a thick sauce. Set aside.

Assemble Chilaquiles

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). On a baking sheet, spread out the tortilla chips. Pour the homemade tomato sauce evenly over the chips, ensuring they are well-coated. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

Bake

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve

Remove from the oven and transfer the chilaquiles to a serving platter. Top with sliced avocados, fresh cilantro, and optionally fried or poached eggs. Garnish with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving – based on 4 servings)

Calories: ~400

Protein: 10g

Fat: 25g

Carbohydrates: 35g

Fiber: 7g

Notes

Customize with your favorite toppings such as salsa, sour cream, or pickled jalapeños.

Make the tomato sauce ahead of time for a quicker assembly.

Choose thicker tortilla chips to prevent them from becoming too soggy.

Allergy Warning

Check ingredients for potential allergens.

Adjust the recipe to accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies.

Be cautious with spice levels, especially if sensitive to jalapeños.

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