I remember this one year, my friend Cali, actually paid me to go to Acapulco, Mexico and shoot her wedding. We had moments like this:
It was also the hottest I’ve ever been in my life, so I went ahead and cashed her check. 🙂 However, there were extremely enjoyable moments, and one of them was having chilaquiles for breakfast, along with various fresh-squeezed juices. I had never had chilaquiles before (pronounced: chee-lay-quee-les) and it was a bit of a revelation. Tortilla chips softened with a rich tomato or chili or black bean sauce, mixed with tender bits of chicken and plenty of cheese. This is actually a pretty typical breakfast for Mexico. That may be ignorant of me to say, as I’m sure they have cereal, too, but when we got to go back with Cali and Alex to visit Alex’s home in Mexico City a few years later, (um, yeah, we’re lucky to know them) it was pretty common to see things we’d associate with dinner, served for breakfast. Like enchiladas or tostadas. Not everything had to have an egg on it like we feel compelled to do, here. Case in point: our version of chilaquiles sure enough had eggs on it. However, it’s a delicious addition! Matt made us this breakfast and I shot the picture, so once again, this is a true Family Meal kinda post. We all contribute in different ways throughout the week and I’m always so happy when he has a plan for Saturday breakfast!
10 oz thick tortilla chips
1 – 28 oz can whole tomatoes, drained
3 serrano peppers, seeded and roasted
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small white onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Salt to taste,about 1/2 teaspoon
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded cheese, such as Monterey Jack or Mexican Chihuahua cheese
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Scoop tortilla chips into 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
In the oven, place seeded serrano peppers, cut-side down on a baking sheet and roast until blistered. We did this under the broiler. Take out and let cool.
Coarsely puree tomatoes and serrano peppers in a food processor or blender. Heat oil in large saucepan; add onion and sauté until golden, about 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, cook 1 minute, then stir in broth, tomato puree and salt. Heat to boil. Stir in cilantro. Set mixture aside. In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and scramble the eggs and a half teaspoon of salt till they’re almost done. Remove from heat. Pour the sauce over the chips; coating them evenly with the sauce. Layer the almost-done scrambled eggs on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until lightly browned on top and bubbling, about 15 minutes.
Garnish with extra cilantro and a few extra chips on the side.
*adapted from Rick Bayless’ recipe, Chipotle-Baked Tortilla Casserole
Looks delicious. We don’t get much South or Central American food in Australia so this seems very exotic!
Is this the same thing as migas to you? I’ve always wondered the difference – having grown up in nearly Mexico but not having heard of either dish till recent years!
Jessica, as far as I know, migas is like eggs baked in an enchilada sauce. Chilaquiles actually don’t traditionally have eggs on top – they’re usually served with shredded chicken or pork. And I think the other determining factor is the tortilla chips baked underneath everything. Basically, all Mexican food is a varying combination of the same 5-6 ingredients, anyway 🙂