Chilaquiles Recipe




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Chilaquiles are so simple and tasty, and a great way to use leftover chicken. :D

Chilaquiles can be made with either red sauce (tomatoes, garlic, chipotles in adobo) or a green sauce (cilantro, green tomatoes, onion, serrano peppers) - I like the red sauce more, so that's the version I'm sharing!

You can also serve chilaquiles in a couple different ways - either spoon the sauce and chicken over fried tortillas or layer it with fried tortillas and cheese and bake. I'm choosing the quicker way of serving them over chips. It takes very little time, tastes amazing and doesn't heat up the kitchen!

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Step 1: Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts (poached and shredded) or leftover chicken, shredded
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes in juice
  • 2 chipotle peppers, minced + 1-2 tablespoons of the adobo sauce (this is what you need)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • feta or queso fresco
  • tortilla chips
  • cilantro
  • salt

And that's it! Super simple.

If you're poaching breasts for this, here's my instructable over it.

Step 2: Saute the Garlic and Add the Tomatoes and Chipotle Peppers

Heat a little oil over medium heat. Add in the minced garlic and stir around until nice and fragrant, but be careful not to burn it.

Now add in the tomatoes. You'll want to pierce each tomato with your fingers to allow the juice to escape, and then squeeze them in your hands to break them up into smaller pieces. Keep your hands down in the pot or you'll have tomato juice everywhere!

Once the tomatoes are broken up, add in the juice from the can and then add in the minced chipotle peppers and the adobo sauce. Stir well.

Step 3: Simmering and Adding the Chicken

Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, uncovered - this will allow it to thicken a little. :)

Once 10 minutes is up, give it a taste. I added in a pinch of salt at this point.

Now stir in the cooked chicken and allow it to cook for a few minutes more, or until the chicken is warmed through.

Step 4: Adding in the Cilantro

Turn off the heat and add in about a handful of chopped cilantro and stir it in. Taste and see if you'd like to add more - I go easy on it since the boy's not a big fan. I just add a ton more to my plate. :D

Step 5: Serving

My favorite way to eat it is over tortilla chips - just throw a ton on a plate, spoon over and chicken and sauce, and add cilantro and cheese to taste.

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    DUDE! I used to subsist off of chilaquiles - I would toss everything in a big metal bowl with tongs, and throw a fried egg on top. OMNOMNOM


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, this looks delicious! I'll just have to make it! :-)


    5 years ago

    That looks great, although anything with chipotle in is a winner for me!

    Blues Angel

    5 years ago

    This looks delicious. We also make ours with eggs here in Austin! I'm going to n try this in the AM though!


    5 years ago

    hmmmm...down here in san Antonio its made with eggs?