Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles is one of my favorite Mexican dishes...is really easy to make and delicious!

This dish is usually served for breakfast! But it is also perfect for lunch or dinner! It's really simple, it consists of  cold  (old) tortillas, salsa and cheese.  You can fancy it up by adding some shredded chicken to it. It can be served by itself, or you can add some eggs and re-fried beans to make this a truly Mexican breakfast!


Ingredients:
Cold tortillas 20-30 (serves 4)
3 cups of your favorite Salsa ( it can be homemade or from the grocery store)
1 cup shredded cheese or Queso Fresco (which ever cheese is your favorite)
1 onion (cut in slices)
sour cream to garnish
fresh cilantro to garnish
vegetable oil for frying


For this recipe I like making my own salsa, so the ingredients for the salsa are:


Jalapeno peppers (as many as you want, it depends on how spicy you want it)
2 large tomatoes
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons onion
1/3 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

To make the salsa:
Simmer the jalapeno pepper and tomatoes in boiling water for about 5 minutes or until soft. Blend with the cilantro, garlic, onion and water.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Cut the tortillas into bite size pieces and heat up about 1 cup of vegetable oil. Once the oil is really hot, fry the tortillas until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels and keep on repeating this step until  you are done with the tortillas.

Cut the onion into slices and fry them in the same oil you fried the tortillas. Drain on paper towels and set aside.


In a large skillet, bring half of the salsa into a rapid boil. If you have any left over chicken, it will go great with your Chilaquiles, so if you  have some, grab it and cut it or shred it into the salsa and heat up until the chicken is warm.


Add the fried tortillas and add more salsa if needed. Sprinkle with plenty of cheese and cook for about one minute. And that's it, you are ready to serve.

Garnish with the fried onions, sour cream and fresh cilantro! Enjoy!

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