Chilaquiles: Tortilla Casserole

Whether for a weekend breakfast or brunch, this classic casserole is commonly eaten after a long night of partying. It's a great place to use up leftovers like chicken, beef, or grilled vegetables; it's also delicious with bacon or chorizo added. I prefer chilaquiles with fried eggs on top, so that's how we serve it at the restaurant, but serve the eggs cooked however you like them.

Reprinted with permission from Dos Caminos' Mexican Street Food by Ivy Stark and Joanna Pruess, copyright (C) 2011. Published by Skyhorse Publishing.
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ingredients

  • 1 1/2 quarts Roasted Tomato-Chipotle Salsa (recipe below)
  • Tortilla chips (about 2 cups per person)
  • 1 cup commercial sour cream or crema
  • 1 pound (about 2 cups) grated Mexican cheese, like Chihuahua or queso Oaxaca, or Monterey Jack or Cheddar
  • 8 large eggs
    • GARNISHES:
      • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
      • 1/2 cup diced avocado, preferably Hass variety
      • 1/4 cup minced red onion
        ROASTED TOMATO-CHIPOTLE SALSA:
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        Directions

        For the Chilaquiles
        1. Prepare the Roasted Tomato-Chipotle Salsa and keep warm. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
        2. In a very large skillet, combine 2 to 3 handfuls of chips and 3/4 cup of the salsa and toss gently until the chips are covered. Add 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup of grated cheese and gently stir again. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the mixture is lightly browned and crispy on the edges and soft in the center, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, add more sauce, if necessary, and sprinkle a little more cheese on top.
        3. Meanwhile, cook the eggs sunny side up, or as you like them.
        4. To serve: spoon the chilaquiles onto a plate and top with two eggs; garnish with tomato, avocado, red onions, cilantro, and Cotija cheese. Serve hot with extra salsa on the side. Repeat for each batch.

        For the Roasted Tomato-Chipotle Salsa:

        1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
        2. On a sheet pan, roast the tomatoes, garlic, and onion until tender and lightly browned, about 15 minutes, transfer them along with the chiles and vinegar to the jar of an electric blender and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium-size saucepan and gently simmer for about 20 minutes; season to taste with salt and reserve.

        Notes

        Since the Roasted Tomato-Chipotle Salsa yields 1 quart, double the recipe and save the extra for later.

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