February 18, 2024   Read time 2 min
These chilaquiles with homemade tomato sauce will bring back your experiences of breakfast in Mexico. Fried tortilla wedges are cooked briefly in a homemade tomato-chile sauce, and topped with a fried egg, crema, avocado, and queso fresco.

Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican breakfast favorite that consists of fried tortilla chips, a sauce that’s usually tossed with red (salsa roja) or green (salsa verde) and topped with fried eggs. They’re one of my favorite breakfast dishes that are so flavorful and delicious.

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.


Ingredients You’ll Need

  1. Roma tomatoes. This gives the sauce a good amount of acidity and flavor.

  2. White onion. Of course, you could use yellow or white onion. This gives the sauce a really lovely bite.

  3. Garlic cloves. Another addition of flavor to the sauce. Can we make any sauce without garlic cloves? Probably not.

  4. Dried guajillo chiles. You could use other dried chiles like anchos!

  5. Tortilla chips. You could always fry your own chips or simply buy them from the store.

  6. Eggs. I love to top my chilaquiles with fried eggs!

  7. Garnishes. This can vary but I used thinly sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, diced red onion and avocado.

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

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