Good Luck Chilaquiles

July 24, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Chilaquiles (chee-lah-kee-lays said with a bit of a Texas Twang) are one of those dishes with as many variations as cooks. They often include chicken, additional veggies, some people use tortilla chips, some lots of cheese. I like to use several types of chilis, as each chili has its own character and I think this lends a bit more complex chili flavor. They are served at any and every meal as well - this version is breakfast - starting the day with a little warm chili kick in the pants will make all right with the world! (ps fiveandspice says three kicks in the pants are good luck, so I changed the name of the recipe) —aargersi

What You'll Need
  • assorted roasted peppers, I used a poblano, a big jalapeno, and an anaheim - about a cup of chili strips. I use either the stove top or grill method.
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 yellow onion - thinly sliced
  • 4 corn tortillas - slice into 1" stips and halve those
  • 1/2 cup Ranchero sauce plus more for service *
  • 2 poached eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • lime and cilantro to serve
  1. Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the tortilla strips and onions, and a pinch of salt. Stir them a bit to coat with butter. You want to stir them occasionally but not too much - the onions and tortillas will toast nicely (see photo). You can get your egg poaching water ready now too. Slice the peppers into strips as well.
  2. When the tortillas and onions have some nice brown parts and some crispness, put the eggs in to your poaching water. Add in the pepper strips to the skillet and toss them a bit, then add in 1/2 cup ranchero sauce and just toss. Turn off the heat. Scoop half the mixture into each of 2 dishes, then top each with a poached egg, some cilantro and a wedge of lime.
  3. Dig in - pour some extra ranchero on as you go!

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  • boulangere
  • lorigoldsby
  • lapadia
  • Midge
  • fiveandspice

Recipe by: aargersi

Country living, garden to table cooking, recent beek, rescue all of the dogs, #adoptdontshop

17 Reviews

boulangere November 19, 2011
Oh yeah. The more chiles the better. Packed with flavor. Heavenly, can almost taste it off your beautiful photo.
lorigoldsby July 28, 2011
Just saw your version of chilaqueles...I got home and started typing furiously today...need to head back out to the market and get some more peppers to try your version! My husband will be so excited...definitely his favorite breakfast.
lapadia July 27, 2011
Yum, yum with an extra egg on top!
Midge July 26, 2011
YUM. I would love to wake up to this.
fiveandspice July 25, 2011
Ok, so your comment about starting the morning with a kick in the pants reminded me of how, when we were little, my mom would kick us 3 times in the rear in the morning if we were doing something that required some good luck. So, I think your pants-kicking chilaquile breakfast may actually bestow good luck. Actually, any breakfast this delicious probably bestows good luck.
aargersi July 26, 2011
That's awesome! Maybe they should be Good Luck Chilaquiles!
fiveandspice July 26, 2011
oh yes! That would be a great name!
aargersi July 26, 2011
fiveandspice July 26, 2011
Love! :)
gingerroot July 25, 2011
Mmm! LOVE Chilaquiles. Your version sounds delicious.
arielleclementine July 25, 2011
my hero :)
BlueKaleRoad July 24, 2011
What a delicious breakfast! My family will love it. :)
aargersi July 25, 2011
I hope they do - might think about HLAs suggestion to add another egg :-)
wssmom July 24, 2011
Breakfast of Champions!
aargersi July 25, 2011
Indeed - also, ahem - good if you had a wee bit too many adult beverages the night before!
hardlikearmour July 24, 2011
This sounds awesome! I think I'd make 2 extra poached eggs though, as I love the runny yolk and can just imagine how good it would be mixed with everything else!
aargersi July 24, 2011
More eggs is always better! I buy this super giant ones at the farmer's market - love those poached eggs!!!