Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish that typically contains green salsa (tomatillo), red salsa (tomato) or mole sauce that is poured over crisp tortilla triangles, called totopos. The mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening. Because this was mainly a dish to use leftover tortillas and salsa, sometimes leftover meat is added to the mix. Most recipes garnish it with sour cream or crema, shredded queso fresco, raw onion rings and avocado slices. Since chilaquiles is mostly considered a breakfast/brunch dish, it is usually topped with eggs.

I have read lots of different recipes on this and I believe that this is one of those things that some regions and families just make and hold true for themselves. Mexican dishes, regional and family variations are quite common.

My husband grew up eating this recipe that his mom made and called Chilaquiles. They are not from Mexico… I would consider this more of a pork soup, so technically, this is not a true chilaquiles… but don’t tell them that I said that =)


1 pork butt (this would work well for chicken) heavily seasoned with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Add a couple of cups of beef or pork stock. Cook all day in a crock pot on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Brown a diced onion and a few cloves of crushed and minced garlic in a large dutch oven.
Add your shredded pork/chicken.
Add one large can of diced tomatoes.
Add 4 small cans of diced green chilies
Add a few shakes of Worcestershire Sauce
Mix in more stock to your desired consistency.
Add in tortilla chips, leftover tortillas, or corn chips
Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado/guacamole, and possibly a nice runny egg for breakfast/brunch



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