Chilaquiles, Mexican Breakfast


Chilaquiles (pronounced chee-lah-kee-lehs) are a traditional Mexican breakfast most commonly served at brunch. 

Chilaquiles mainly consist of Gran Luchito Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips smothered in a fresh green or red tomato based sauce, served with fried eggs or you will find versions with shredded poached chicken for dinner, melted cheese, and topped with a drizzle of chipotle crema. It makes for one of the best, flavourful and filling Mexican brunch dishes with just enough of a spicy kick.

Our version of this classic Mexican breakfast has a delicious and smoky homemade red chilaquiles sauce (Chilaquiles Rojos), made using our secret weapon, Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste. However, if you wanted to make the green version (Chilaquiles Verdes), you can make it with our Gran Luchito Tomatillo Salsa.

If you’re ever lucky enough to visit Mexico City be sure to discover these Mexico City breakfast spots which all serve amazing Chilaquiles with eggs. For more Mexican eggs inspiration check out our Mexican Breakfast Recipes, in particular our authentic Huevos Rancheros recipe, amongst many more!

  • Prep time

    10 mins

  • Cook time

    40 mins

  • Total time

    50 mins

  • Ideal for

  • Make it

  • Serves


Nutrition: Per serving

kcal 166 fat 9.5g saturates 3.9g carbs 12.4g sugars 4.5g fibre 1.8g protein 7.6g salt 0.55g

How to make it

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and Chipotle Paste, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the onion softens. Pour in the passata, add the coriander stalks, and season with salt and black pepper. Stir and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes on low heat. Pour the sauce into a blender and blitz until smooth, then set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180˚C, 350˚F.
  3. Add half of the Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips with half of the sauce on top and move them around with a spoon until they’re nicely coated. Sprinkle half the feta and cheddar cheese on top.
  4. Cover with the remaining chips and sauce, sprinkle the rest of the cheese, add the sliced red onion and add a drizzle of olive oil. Place in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and crisp.
  5. Meanwhile, fry the eggs in a little oil (or poach them for a healthier alternative) keeping the yolks nice and runny, as this will really add something to the dish.
  6. Remove your chilaquiles from the oven, top with the fried eggs, and sprinkle with the radishes and remaining coriander. Serve with wedges of lime for people to squeeze as they please!

Chefs Tip:

If you don’t have time to make the chilaquiles sauce, you could use a bottle of our Fajita Simmer Sauce instead.

What To Serve With Chilaquiles

To make things even more epic, serve this traditional Mexican breakfast dish with sides of:

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How can you make Vegan Chilaquiles?

We recommend making the red sauce sauce as above and then substitute the eggs for tofu that has been browned and swap the cheese for a vegan cheese.

Can you eat chilaquiles for dinner?

Yes! Chilaquiles for dinner is a great dish with either fried eggs or shredded chicken.

What's the difference between Chilaquiles and Nachos?

Both use corn chips as they base but Chilaquiles are quite a bit more saucy and require utensils to eat whereas Nachos are cheesy and hands on. Both can come with a variety of toppings.

Are chilaquiles meant to be soggy?

While chilaquiles are saucy and wet, the chips should keep some of their bite. The key is to promptly tuck in!

What does chilaquiles mean?

Chilaquiles is an ancient Aztec word that means chillies and greens.

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Ross Thomas
Ross Thomas(@akasynapse)
4 years ago
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great recipe

Celia - Chica Chismosa - Gran Luchito
4 years ago
Reply to  Ross Thomas

Thank you Ross!

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