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

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

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

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My favorite local burrito vendor was shut down. Bummer!

Bummer! My favorite burrito food vendor across the street from my office was shut down last night after mamacita got busted for selling stolen goods from the bus. The two food vendors shown in this video, King Burrito and Loco Loco are two of my favorite places to get fast, good authentic Mexican food close to my office. There is a surface level parking lot that rents space to about 15 food vendors. It’s like an international food court. There are 4 or 5 Mexican, a Thai, a Vietnamese, Indian, Polish, pulled pork, soups and salad, hamburger and I can’t even remember what else vendors. Out of the 15 or so places I will eat from about 5 or 6 off them based on quality and cleanliness. At every one of them you can get a good size lunch for $5 or less. At the Vietnamese trailer if you order a shrimp dish the women will ask you if you can wait 3 minutes. Well sure I can for the price and the amount of shrimp and veggies you get.

Watch the video. The policeman states that they had to wait in line behind several other customers who were purchasing stolen goods. We had quite a few laughs over this story in the office today. But still it is a bummer that my burrito options have been downsized.
But on a more serious note I am glad that the heroin addict was busted and his financial support  structure was shut down.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police investigating a stolen goods buying ring arrested six people Wednesday in what they said was a busy crime ring that sometimes stole specific goods by request. Police say the ring was centered on four downtown Portland food vendors. Certain employees were buying the goods and the theft suspects were using the money to support drug habits, according to the investigators.Some of the transactions were captured on video by police stationed who shot the footage from windows in skyscrapers adjacent to the parking lot the food vendors are located. Employees at two food vendors, King Burrito and Loco Locos Burrito, which are situated next to each other at Southwest 5th Avenue and Southwest Oak Street, were among those arrested>Employees at a nearby Pizza Schmizza and another mobile food vendor, El Original Chile Rellano, were also brought in for questioning. Police said they learned of the arrangement between the thieves and buyers after they arrested James Younce, 29, on drug possession and shoplifting charges. Younce said he stole items and sold them to support his heroin habit. An undercover officer then developed a relationship with the suspected buyers, who police said would sometimes give him lists of items they wanted him to steal.Police said the suspects bought the goods even though it was made clear they were stolen. The employees bought over three dozen items over the course of the investigation, which began in September. Those items were actually donated by businesses cooperating in the investigation, according to a police press release. Police said they suspect the illegal activity was well established and had been going on for years.They said that their undercover officer had to stand in line to make the bust while other people tried to sell stolen goods to the food vendor employees.
Those arrested in the investigation include:
Anna Maria Saucedo, 37
Adrian Saldana-Galvez, 35
Nohemi Mendez-Rivera, 34
Octavio Hernandez, 22
Maria Baltierra, 33
Enriqueta Quezada, 68

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Breakfast at Casa de Tamales in Milwaukie, OR

Saturday after my hair appointment I decided to go out and have a late breakfast. I wasn’t sure which of my two favorite breakfast restaurants in downtown Milwaukie I wanted to eat at. They are both very good but totally different styles. I found a parking place in the same block as Casa de Tamales so that was where I ate breakfast. If there hadn’t been a close parking spot I would have driven a few blocks away to eat at Sully’s. Sully’s is red potatoes, fancy omelets with a special every weekend of fresh crab or shrimp, great corned beef hash, homemade strawberry jam, and really good bacon. Compare that to Casa de Tamales menu with a large variety of tamales, burritos, huevos rancheros, Spanish Omelet, chiliquil and other good Mexican foods. At Casa de Tamales I can order my meal using my poquito Spanish speaking skills.
Casa de Tamales has only been open about one year. I used to occasionally eat at their Canby Asparagus Farm booth at the Sunday farmer’s market. For many years they only sold their asparagus which is some kind of hybrid that has a hint of a pea taste to it. I once saw an episode on the Food Network that featured the farm and their deep fried asparagus recipe. Then they branched out and included all kinds of produce grown on their farm. A few years ago they began making food and every year the food menu grew until they finally realized that there were enough repeat customers that opening a restaurant would be a good idea. Casa de Tamales is just a block north of where the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market is held May – October.

These senoritas are having fun while they work. I think they were proud that I asked to take their photo. That is my Spanish Omelet being plated.


I don’t know how much this omelet weighed but it was humungous. It was filled with onions, red and green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and cheese. The veggie option is $8.00. You can add pork, chicken or beef for an addtional $2.00. I added pork.

Just in case you couldn’t tell how big the omelet was here is a close up. More than half of it was lunch the next day.


A couple of weeks after the restaurant opened there was a review in the Portland Tribune newspaper. The author wrote “The new restaurant’s décor is amusingly weird. A wall of closely hung art ranges from a signed Robert Pack poster to landscape paintings.”