How to make Chilaquiles! A simple Mexican dish loaded up with healthy veggies and stewed corn tortillas (or tortilla chips) that can be made in under 30 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights (or brunch). Keep this vegetarian or add shredded chicken. Vegan adaptable and Gluten-free! Video!

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verdeHey Friends, here’s a quick and easy recipe for Chilaquiles (chill-a-key-lays), a classic Mexican meal made with leftover corn chips (or tortillas), salsa and your choice of veggies and toppings.  Such an inventive way to use up stray veggies in the fridge or freezer and turn simple ingredients into a tasty hearty meal!

Chilaquiles can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner and can be adapted in so many ways! We normally have it as dinner and add black beans and corn, then pile on avocado, scallions, radishes, pickled onions, and hot sauce. So tasty! Traditionally this is served as breakfast, topped with an egg. Up to you- serve it as you like!

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How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

 

How do you describe chilaquiles?

Chilaquiles, in essence, is a traditional Mexican breakfast incorporating tortilla chips, red or green salsa, cheese, cilantro and red onion. The tortilla chips soften and flavors meld into a casserole-type meal, often served as breakfast topped with a sunny side egg with hot sauce and Mexican crema.  It can be sauteed on the stove top or baked like a cassarole. Many heartier dinner versions include chicken or meat.

 

What’s the difference between nachos and chilaquiles? 

Chilaquiles are different than nachos, in that Chilaquiles is more like a casserole, where the tortilla strips soften. With Nachos, the tortilla chips stay nice and crispy. Here is an example of nachos:  https://www.feastingathome.com/nachos-recipe/ 

 

How to make Chilaquiles:

It starts with your favorite store-bought tortilla chips (or sub corn tortillas!). Using store-bought tortilla chips makes this recipe extra fast.

TIP: To make Chilaquiles a little “healthier” use Corn tortillas and make your own chips- that way you can control the oil you use and the amount.

Corn tortillas can be baked in the oven (instead of fried) for a lighter version – but this does take a little more time. I’ll show you both ways! If making the corn tortillas, I’ll often make these ahead.

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

To make  Chilaquiles using corn tortillas, spray the tops with a little spray olive oil and season with salt. Place them directly on your oven rack and bake at 300F for 25-35 minutes.

Let them cool completely.  You’ll need 10-12  6-inch tortillas for this recipe.

They will crisp up nicely with minimal oil! You can also make these oil-free.

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

To start, saute any 2-4 cups of fresh veggies you want to include-onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, spinach etc.

Add 1 cup fresh store-bought salsa and two cups broth to a skillet and bring to a simmer. Season with salt,  cumin and oregano.

Add green chilies if you like. For smoky heat add a little ground chipotle.

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

Add  1-2 cups of black beans, or shredded chicken.

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

Then you will stir in the corn chips ( or broken tortillas) and coat them with the “salsa broth” stirring for about 2 minutes. They will soften into a casserole-like consistency.

 

How to Make Chilaquiles! A simple Mexican dish loaded up with healthy veggies and stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that  can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! Keep it vegan or add cheese or top with an egg!  Hey Friends, here's a quick and easy recipe for Chilaquiles (chill-a-key-lays), a classic Mexican meal made with leftover corn chips (or tortillas), salsa and your choice of veggies and toppings.  such an inventive and brilliant way to use up stray veggies in the fridge!  Chilaquiles can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner and can be adapted in so many ways! We normally have it as dinner and add blackbeans and corn, then pile on avocado, radishes, pickled onions, and hot sauce. So tasty!  Traditionally it is served as breakfast, topped with an egg. Up to you- serve it as you like!  It starts with your favorite Salsa and Corn Chips (or sub corn tortillas!). Using corn chips makes this recipe extra fast. Corn tortillas can be baked in the oven (instead of fried) but do take a little more time. I'll show you both ways! If making the corn tortillas, I'll often make these ahead.  To make  Chilaquiles using corn tortillas, spray the tops with spray olive oil and season with salt. Place them directly on your oven rack and bake at 300F for 25-35 minutes. Let them cool completely.  You'll need 10-12  6-inch tortillas for this recipe.  They will crispy up nicely with minimal oil!   To start, add 1 cup fresh salsa and two cups broth to a skillet and bring to a simmer. Season with a little salt and cumin.  Add  1-2 cups of beans, corn, chicken or other cooked veggies. Here I've added a cup of blackbeans and a cup of frozen corn. Roasted peppers are nice here too!  Then you will stir in the corn chips ( or broken tortillas) and coat them with the "salsa broth" stirring for about 2 minutes.  Top with optional Queso fresco cheese. You could place this in a warm oven, so the cheese melts and gives you time to  prep your toppings. 

Top with optional Queso fresco cheese. Feel free to sub cheddar or jack or other melty cheese. Even vegan cheese would work well here!

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

Place this in a warm oven, and while the cheese melts,  prep your toppings. So easy!

Top with lime wedges,  avocado, radishes, pickled onions, cilantro, sour cream, green onions, sprouts…. you get the idea!

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

A warm tortilla casserole of sorts, topped with all the fresh crunchy things! So yummy!

To serve for breakfast, add an egg!

To serve for dinner you could add shredded chicken, Turkey Chorizo or even top with Walnut Chorizo! 

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

It makes a lovely dinner as well and like I said earlier, we often have this as dinner rather than breakfast. How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This vegan adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

Give Chilaquiles a try this weekend and let me know you what you think in the comments below. Please share your adaptions!

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How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

Simple Healthy Chilaquiles Recipe!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: vegetarian, main
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) and veggies that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! Vegetarian and vegan adaptable. Gluten-free.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 24 cups diced veggies (bell pepper, poblanos, zucchini, corn, spinach, etc.)
  • 1 cup salsa, or  salsa verde (refrigerated, store-bought is great-see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 cups chicken or veggie broth
  •  4-ounce can green chilies (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 14-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained or sub 1 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 68 cups organic corn chips  (or 1012 corn tortillas, see notes)
  • 1/21 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese  (or sub other melty Mexican-style cheese, or vegan cheese)

Garnishes: sliced scallions, lime wedges, radishes, cilantro, pepitas, pickled onions, avocado, hot sauce, sour cream, sprouts, or sunny side up eggs.


Instructions

If using corn tortillas, heat oven to 300 F.  (Easiest to make these ahead) Spray or brush tortillas lightly with olive oil  ( on the top side only) and sprinkle with salt and bake the rack or on a sheet pan until crisp. About 25-30 mintues, turn heat off and let cool. Break them into quarters. NOTE: Fastest way is to use store bought corn chips.

Pre-heat oven to broil or 400F

Lightly grease the bottom and edges of a large  skillet with oil, place over medium-high heat and saute any veggies you’de like to add until just tender.  Add the salsa, green chilies, broth, lime, and cumin, oregano and a pinch salt and bring to a simmer. Add the black beans or cooked chicken, stirring until hot. If using tortillas instead of chips, add 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Add the tortilla chips and stir to lightly coat each side, add more to fill the pan, stir about 2-3 minutes, lowering the heat to low. Try to scoop some of the pretty veggies, from the bottom of the pan and scatter over top.

Add the crumbled cheese,  turn heat off and place the skillet in the warm oven and melt the cheese, about 15-20 minutes. This will have a “casserole” consistency.

Prep your garnishes. Garnish with the scallions and cilantro. Top with sliced or grated radishes and avocado. Add pickled onions or pepitas if you like. Serve with lime wedges, hot sauce and sour cream if you like.

Or top with a fried egg!  (sunny side up is nice).


Notes

Try other cooked veggies like roasted sweet potatoes (diced) or even cauliflower! In summer, grilled veggies are nice here too! Or stir in big handful of chopped baby spinach to the salsa-broth. Or add frozen cooked veggies to the broth. Use what you have.

To give this more heat or smoky quality, add a little ground chipotle powder to the simmering salsa-broth.

To add extra richness to this dish, you could also add a 1/2 cup cream or half & half to the salsa broth.

Feel free to add cooked shredded chicken which is traditional.

Or add cooked turkey chorizo  or  top with some Walnut Chorizo (at the end).

Leftovers can be reheated in the oven.

If made with store bought corn chips – this can be made in 20 mintues flat!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: Made with store-bought tortilla chips, avocado, cheese and no egg
  • Calories: 407
  • Sugar: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 835.7 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59 g
  • Fiber: 8.7 g
  • Protein: 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.7 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Love this recipe! Easy and yummy. You can use almost any veggie from your fridge! I’ve used chicken in it, but my husband prefers it without meat-even though he’s not vegetarian!

  2. I love this recipe. Both easy to make and delicious. I like that it’s easily vegan adaptable by using vegan cheese and cashew cream.

  3. I made this for dinner last night it was was *chef’s kiss* I used eggplant, green pepper, corn, and sweet potatoes. Not the most conventional of veggies, but the flavor was amazing. Highly recommend doing the extra work of using homemade tortillas. I made sure they were extra crunchy and they held up perfectly (not too soggy!). I’m adding this to my meal plan rotation for sure!

  4. Delicious and easy! That’s the perfect combo. I liked also that I could prep this ahead of time and then just pop it in the oven when I was ready.

  5. This has become my go-to “kitchen sink” type recipe. Since I make it with whatever left overs I have, it’s always different BUT absolutely delicious every single time.

  6. This was delicious and enjoyed by my whole family. My husband and I scooped out some of the finished chilaquiles on small bed of spinach (I know it wouldn’t be enjoyed baked in by my kids) and that worked very nicely.

    We topped it with avocado and your pickled onions, which was perfect on it. Thank you!!!!

  7. So good! I can’t get enough of the flavors of Mexico. This is another win for my palate.
    I also felt accomplished after pickling the onions using the linked easy recipe.
    As always, thank you!

  8. Hello Sylvia, thank you very much for sharing your recipes. I came across your site recently & has been my go to site for inspiration. I am thinking of purchasing a cast iron skillet for the first time, have seen one on ur site, my question is do I need to season it? If yes, how many times do I oil & heat it. Also if I use it for frying eggs do I use it only for eggs or can I use it for frying/cooking other stuff? How do I wash/clean it after use? If you can please explain that wud be great. Appreciate your response & time.
    Thank you
    Annie

    1. Hi Annie! Thanks! You’ve giving me an idea to do a post on how to season a cast iron. I heat mine up with oil and salt and rub it in, let in soak in that for a few hours. Then wipe it out. I use mine for eggs and everything. I wash using metal scrubby and hot water, usually no soap, dry on a burner, rub down with oil for the first few times of washing.

  9. Yummy in our tummies. This is a super easy and quick recipe to make. I make a vegetarian version. I make my own queso fresco, which takes the longest in this recipe. If you can purchase it, much faster. Unfortunately they don’t sell it where I live. I use fresh tortillas which I lightly oil and salt and bake. I use vegetable broth and fresh salsa which makes a big difference. I put in black beans and corn niblets. As far as garnishes, I use avocado, sour cream, scallions and cilantro. Wish I could find pepitas for a lottle crunch. This is to die for. Thanks for a great vegetarian recipe!

  10. Made these for dinner tonight and was a tad unsure about placing chip tortillas on a rather liquid broth…. fear not!!! It turned out scrumptious! Did a veggie version and another chicken for meat eaters. Carnivore went back for second helping (without realising it was vegetarian) and finished the lot! Will be a regular and will have confidence to use up left overs in future. Black bean and corn with jarred peppers worked a treat. Thank you Sylvia x