Chilaquiles Verdes with Baked Tortilla Chips

What Are Chilaquiles Made Of?

Chilaquiles (pronounced “chee-lah-keel-ehs”) is a Mexican dish made up of fried crispy tortilla chips, a red or green sauce, fried eggs and various toppings and garnishes. I will say that styles of chilaquiles vary from region to region in Mexico. While some may protest and declare that there is a “right way,” there is in fact various ways. Lots of ways to make this dish.



Recipe Tips Notes

  • Store Bought Chips. Want to save some time? You can use your favorite brand of store bought corn tortilla chips. Just toss them in the sauce and skip the frying. Grab a bag from the store. Still very good.
  • Make it for Dinner. Add a protein to make a dinner of this. Ideas include shredded chicken, crumbled chorizo, crispy pork shoulder. Black beans are always a nice addition.
  • Chilaquiles Verdes. You can also make a green version of this recipe with salsa verde or tomatillo salsa. Delicious. See my Chilaquiles Verdes recipe.


This list of steps may seem long but you will see that most of them are very quick and easy! I promise this flavorful dish is worth all the effort.

If you don’t want to make homemade chips you can save a step by purchasing store bought chips. Get the thick restaurant-style and no one will know you didn’t fry them yourself. If you love easy recipes then this is the recipe for you.


Gently wipe down each chile pepper with a damp paper towel or cloth. Cut off the stems and remove the seeds and veins. You may need to cut the pepper in half to remove all the seeds. 


Place the chiles and tomato in a medium size saucepan. Add water (about 6 cups) to cover the chiles. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the chiles are soft (about 10 minutes). 


Place soft chiles, garlic cloves, onion, salt, and 2 cups of the reserved chile water in a blender. Pulse until smooth. You will get about 3 cups of chile sauce.


Are you wondering how to serve with this dish? Here is how I serve this dish.

Chilaquiles are commonly served as a breakfast dish but can easily be enjoyed for brunch, lunch, or dinner. I love to serve these easy chilaquiles with eggs, refried beans, and freshly made flour tortillas on the side for dipping up that sauce!

For breakfast, I will also add sour cream, diced avocado, and a sprinkle of cilantro on top.

How to Make Chilaquiles

I like to make the sauce for chilaquiles from scratch. It seems harder that it actually is. And of course, if you’re in a pinch, feel free to crack open a can of red chile sauce/enchilada sauce from the grocery store.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a medium pot, you want to heat up some oil and then sear up the tomatoes. As a result, the tomatoes will be a bit softened. Remove the tomatoes and set them aside.
  2. Next, you want to add the dried chiles, onion and garlic and sear those.
  3. Add the tomatoes back to the pot with the dried chiles and then cover them with water or chicken broth.
  4. During this time, the simmering of the water will rehydrate the chiles and soften up the tomatoes even more. In turn, this will make them easy to blend.
  5. Pour everything into the blender and puree until very smooth. Next, return it to the pot and cook it until it reaches a simmer. Turn the heat down and let it cook for a bit.
  6. And then, you want to fry up your eggs and get all of the garnishes ready.
  7. Toss the sauce with the tortilla chips. And then, top the fried eggs on top and garnish with red onion, cilantro, crumbled cotija cheese and limes. As a result, you’ll have runny eggs on top. yum!

Ways to Top Chilaquiles

Make your chilaquiles your own — here are some popular toppings:

Finish your dish with some of these tasty garnishes:

  • Crumbled cheese, such as cotija or queso fresco
  • Crema Mexicana or crème fraîche 
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped red onion
  • Sliced avocado

Red or Green Sauce for Chilaquiles?

I recently brought some homemade salsa verde over to my friend Arturo’s house and he made two traditional Mexican versions for me, one with the salsa verde, and one with a red chile sauce made with dried ancho chiles. Recipes for both follow.

Do you like enchiladas? Chilaquiles are basically the same ingredients, but with a lot less work. No rolling.


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3. Chilaquiles with Pasilla Salsa Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms


Instead of eggs or chicken, Alex Stupak combines hen-of-the-woods mushrooms with a spicy, rich salsa made from pasilla chiles, resulting in a light but satisfying vegetarian main course.


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