Chilaquiles – Yum oh!

Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican dish. Typically, corn tortillas cut in quarters and fried are the basis of the dish. Green or red salsa or mole, is poured over the crispy tortilla triangles, called “totopos.” The mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening. Eggs (scrambled or fried) and pulled chicken are sometimes added to the mix. The dish is topped with cheese (typically queso fresco) and/or sour cream (crema), and it is served with refried beans. Like many dishes, regional and familial variation are quite common.
Usually, chilaquiles are eaten at breakfast or brunch. This makes them a popular recipe to use leftover tortillas and salsas.

Moreover, chilaquiles are often lauded as a cure for the common hangover; this is because in Mexico it is believed that spicy foods help in the recovery process from a hangover. However, this remedy is subject to debate since a stomach after a night of drinking usually gets very irritated. Adding spicy chilaquiles might only worsen the stomach irritation.

Chilaquiles are frequently confused with the Tex-Mex Migas, as each is a dish that uses tortilla chips/strips served primarily in the morning. In Guadalajara, cazuelas are kept simmering filled with chilaquiles that become thick in texture similar to polenta

Chilaquiles -loncheria San Martin, Isla Mujeres $40 pesos or less than $3.00 US


Chilaquiles with chicken and a fried egg in a red sauce at Bucanneros, Isla Mujeres $80 pesos or less than $6.00 US


Chilaquiles with scrambled egg and chorizo – Casa de Tamales, Milwaukie, OR $8.00 US .and enough leftover for breakfast again today


5 Responses

  1. YUMMMMMM!!!

    My favorite place to have this on Isla is Taco Tumbrus…the 4th stall at the loncherias. It is HUGE and ever so good, especially with the Salsa Fresco with habanero that they make on request!

    Now I am hungry…….my eggbeater omelet can’t hold a candle to that!!

    • Of all of those loncherias A&Gs is the only one that gets much press. I think that they are all good and will eat at which ever one seems less busy at the time.
      Next trip I will have to try the chilaquiles at Tacos Tumbrus. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Great information about one of our signature dishes here at Dentro del Jardin. Miguel prepares them a little differently at the end, but most of what you describe fits. And yes, they are yummy!

    • It seems everyone has their own special recipe for chilaquiles. I liked all three that I posted photos of even though they were very different from one another.

  3. […] 1/2 years but until Saturday I really had never tried shooting in the macro setting. I did take the third chilaquiles photo in this post using a macro setting after reading a comment by Misty that she only uses macro […]

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