How to make chilaquiles verdes

How to make Chilaquiles verdes: This Mexican traditional breakfast is made with fried tortillas bathed in scrumptious green sauce. Chilaquiles are also perfect to use your leftover tortillas and enjoy for a sunday’s brunch.

There are many ways how to make chilaquiles verdes. Ingredientes may vary even in the traditional recipe. Chilaquiles verdes are mostly eaten for breakfast or lunch and often as a hangover cure.

By the way Chilaquiles pronunciation is: “chee-lah-keel-ehs”, just in case you were wondering. And if you don’t know how to make chilaquiles verdes, keep reading, because we got you covered with the recipe, tips and tricks and even with a video to know how to make your own tortillas!

Two fried eggs with chilaquiles verdes.

Ingredients

  1. Corn tortilla. Store bought is fine, as long as you avoid the corn chips seasoned with salt/cheese, those will become very mushy when you add the sauce. There are also some latin stores that sells tortillas for chilaquiles, you’ll find them under the name of “totopos”.
  2. Tomatillos. If you don’t find fresh tomatillos, you can use a can of plain tomatillos or a bottle of tomatillo sauce.
  3. Fresh green chilies. Serrano and jalapeno are the best options, but any other kind is good too.
  4. Cilantro. It really makes the difference in the sauce. If you can’t find fresh cilantro use dried instead.
  5. Raw onions. I love red onions because they’re sweeter. But you can also use white or spanish onions.
  6. Chicken broth. Or vegetable stock for a rich sauce flavour.

How to make chilaquiles verdes

Cut the tortillas into wedges, like a pie. You can also make this the day before, then just fry the tortillas the next day.

wedges of tortillas for making chilaquiles verdes

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a medium pan. Working in batches fry the tortillas, flipping sometimes until brown and crisp. Remove fried tortillas to a plate lined with paper towel to absorbe some of the oil.

fried corn tortilla chips for chilaquiles verdes

In a medium sauce pan place tomatillos and green chilies, then cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until veggies are tender and then let them cool.

Add to a blender with onions, garlic and a bunch of cilantro. Add half a cup of the cooking water and blend for a minute or until you have a smooth sauce.

Green tomatillo sauce on a blender.

Heat 2 teaspoons of canola oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the green sauce and one cup of chicken broth . Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened. 8 to 10 minutes.

How to make chilaquiles verdes: Sauce being cooked on a pan.

Add the fried tortilla chips and then mix to coat evenly. Cook for about 3-4 minutes (depends how crispy you want your chilaquiles).

Fried tortillas added to the sauce.

Serve garnished with fried eggs on top, sour cream, queso fresco and sliced or chopped onions.

Recipe Notes

  • Use corn tortillas. Don’t be tempted to use flour tortillas because those tend to get soggy.
  • Fry the tortillas. Yes, real and authentic chilaquiles are made by deep frying the tortillas. Not baking, not air frying. Get to taste real chilaquiles verdes at least once, you’ll see the difference.
  • Make your own salsa verde (green sauce). Really, making the sauce will take you like 15 minutes max. Unfortunately this is only possible if you find tomatillo where you live, otherwise, use store bought sauce. Not a biggie.
  • I like to make my chilaquiles verdes with homemade corn tortillas. But that’s because where I live is not easy to find store bought tortillas.
Chilaquiles verdes on a plate with a fried egg on top.

How to serve?

Typically chilaquiles are served with refried beans, queso fresco, mexican crema and chopped onions. But there are a lot more options to make them even better like adding avocado slices, shredded chicken, beef steak, fried eggs, etc.

How to store

If you have some leftovers just place them into a tight container and store in the fridge for over 3 days. Then just reheat them in the microwave or in a pan, they won’t be as good as when you freshly made them but they’re still delicious.

Watch how to make your own tortillas

Chilaquiles con salsa verde

Mexican chilaquiles verdes

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How to make chilaquiles verdes using real ingredients and the best easy green chili sauce. Those spicy bites of fried corn tortilla coated with a delicous green sauce will become your favorite sunday's brunch!
5 from 1 vote
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 16 corn tortillas cut into wedges
  • canola oil or any oil for frying

For the sauce

  • 1 lb (450g) fresh tomatillo or 2 cups of store-bought tomatillo sauce
  • 4 serrano chili peppers or other type of green chili
  • ½ cup Cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 1 cup (240ml) chicken stock
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • salt

For garnish

  • red onions chopped
  • ½ cup (100 g) mexican cream or regular whole cream
  • ½ cup queso fresco or Feta cheese

Instructions
 

  • Heat ¼ cup oil in a medium pan. Working in batches fry the tortillas, flipping sometimes until brown and crisp.
  • Remove fried tortillas to a plate lined with paper towel to absorbe some of the oil.

Make the sauce

  • In a medium sauce pan place tomatillos and green chilies, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until veggies are tender. Let them cool slighly.
  • Add tomatillos and chilies to a blender with onions, garlic and a bunch of cilantro. Add half a cup of the cooking water and blend for a minute or until you have a smooth sauce.
  • Heat the canola oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the green sauce and chicken stock.
  • Season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened. 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the fried tortilla chips and mix to coat evenly. Cook for about3-4 minutes (depends how crispy you want your chilaquiles).
  • Serve garnished with cream, queso fresco and onion.
Notes
  • Use corn tortillas. Don’t be tempted to use flour tortillas because those tend to get soggy.
  • Fry the tortillas. Real and authentic chilaquiles are made by deep frying the tortillas. Not baking, not air frying. Get to taste real chilaquiles verdes at least once, you’ll see the difference.
  • Make your own salsa verde (green sauce). Really, making the sauce will take you like 15 minutes max. Unfortunately this is only possible if you find tomatillo where you live, otherwise, use store bought sauce. Not a biggie.
  • I like to make my chilaquiles verdes with my homemade corn tortillas. But that’s because where I live is not easy to find store bought tortillas.
Course breakfast
Cuisine mexican

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    The look, the smell and the texture are great! I would not eat it at breakfast, I’m more into sugar things in the morning, but I think it’s a plate you can easily adapt to your meal plan. Also doesn’t require much time if you get most of the things from the store!

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