These Easy Chilaquiles Verde are a hearty tasty breakfast that is quick enough for a weekday and also fun for weekend brunch!
Mmmm...more breakfast food! I'm a huge fan of breakfast - most of the time it's my favorite meal of the day. Last spring I went to Austin on a business trip and was reminded of how much I like the idea of 'Tex-mex' for breakfast, so I actually started writing this recipe on the plane ride home.
So, what are Chilaquiles?
They are actually a traditional Mexican peasant dish that is a super tasty combination of eggs, salsa, cheese and tortilla chips. Sometimes other ingredients like jalapenos are included. I'll often toss some avocado top right before serving for a little extra flavor. The entire dish takes less than 20 minutes to put together, so it works breakfast just about any day of the week. And I occasionally have this as a quick dinner too!
How to make chilaquiles
This is one of those super easy to make, almost impossible to mess up recipes that is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Heat the salsa: You start by heating up the salsa so you have a base to cook the eggs.
Cook the eggs: Once you warm up the salsa you'll add the eggs. You are essentially making scrambled eggs but the salsa thins them out so you get the right texture to allow them to stick to the tortilla chips.
Add the tortilla chips: Once the eggs are cooked you stir in the chips, making sure they all get coated with the egg mixture.
additional notes from the kitchen
- I'd recommend making this dish in one large non-stick skillet or sauté pan. It's easier for clean-up and gives you more room to stir in the tortilla chips. A 10" pan will work unless you are doubling the recipe. If you are then I'd go with a 12" pan. If you are making more than 4 servings you'll want to do it in batches so you don't end up with tortillas chips all over the place.
- To keep this dish quick and easy to make, I generally use store-bought salsa. Whole Foods has a great green salsa which is what I use, however, use your favorite or experiment with different ones until you find one you like. The heat in this dish comes from the salsa, so the hotter the salsa the spicier the Chilaquiles will be!
- If you want to get a little fancy for serving you can transfer everything into small cast iron skillets. I'd heat the skillets up a little before adding the Chilaquiles. That will keep everything warm a bit longer.
- Feel free to get creative with topping for this dish. As I mentioned, I often toss some sliced avocado on top, and I've even added chicken a few times as well!
things you may want for this recipe
Non-Stick Skillet – Some things just work best in a non-stick skillet and these are one of them. While I love my stainless steel skillets, a good non-stick will save you a lot of clean-up with a dish like this.
Easy Chilaquiles Verde
- 1 cup green salsa
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- 2 ounces tortilla chips
- ¼ cup queso fresco, crumbled
- ¼ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
- Heat the salsa. Add the salsa to a non-stick pan. Heat at medium-low until the salsa starts to bubble slightly.
- Cook the eggs. Add the eggs and let them sit for about 30 seconds until they begin to set. Add the red onions and then stir everything together. Let the eggs continue to cook for about a minute, stirring occasionally.
- Add the tortilla chips. Once the eggs have started to set, add the tortilla chips stirring gently to coat them with the egg mixture. Continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes until the eggs are fully cooked. Everything will be slightly runny due to the salsa.
- Serve. Transfer to two serving dishes and top with queso fresco, yogurt, and cilantro. Serve immediately.