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Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs

August 16, 2016
Green chilaquiles are green salsa soaked tortilla chips topped with Cotija cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, sliced radishes, scallions, and a fried egg.

I have been dealing with garden withdrawl this past week. I feel all out of sorts to look out on an unfamiliar (albeit, gorgeous) backyard of palm trees and not see my normal summer scene of 10-foot tall sweet corn and lusty tomato vines heavy with fruit.

Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs Recipe

Devoid of the usual garden surplus I’ve been putting together dinners of another kind. We may not have an overabundance of zucchini or eggplant (if you do here’s some ideas) but we do have loads of leftovers from Louisa’s birthday party still begging to be eaten.

Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs Recipe

An extra quart jar of homemade green salsa and a bag of tortilla chips was quickly consumed in the form of chilaquiles. Which came together in about 20 minutes, including the time it took me to chop up all the garnishes to sprinkle on top—in my opinion the best part about chilaquiles.

Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs Recipe

Whenever I make chilaquiles—essentially chips cooked in sauce until they achieve the perfect soft-to-crunch ratio—I wonder if they were the ship that launched 1000 plates of nachos? Did someone at sometime eat a plate of chilaquiles, then go home and tried to recreate them but forgot to soak the whole thing in chile sauce first?

Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs Recipe

Whatever the case may be, they make an excellent, super easy breakfast/brunch/dinner, especially when topped with a fried egg. You can make your own chile sauce (use this recipe or this one) or just use store-bought green salsa. But don’t forget the garnishes. As I’ve said before, they are essential. Important to me is some form of salty cheese (Cotija, feta, sharp aged cheddar, or aged jack are all good), something spicy (I like thinly sliced jalapeños), and some onions (minced white onion is traditional but I like sliced scallions too). And if you are lucky enough to be dealing with tomato problems, chopped tomatoes sprinkled on top would also be good.

Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs Recipe

Oh, and if you want a recipe for Red Chilaquiles, I’ve got one of those too: Chilaquiles Recipe


Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs Recipe
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Green salsa soaked tortilla chips topped with Cotija cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, sliced radishes, scallions, and a fried egg. Gluten free!
Serves: 4
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1½ cups green salsa homemade or store-bought
  • 6 cups tortilla chips
  • 4 large eggs
  • Crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
  • sour cream
  • lime wedges
  • sliced scallions
  • sliced radishes
  • sliced avocados
  • sliced jalapeños
  • cilantro leaves
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once shimmering add salsa (careful it will spatter) and stir to fry the sauce in the oil, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add chips and coat in sauce. Cook until chips are slightly softened, but still retain some crunch, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover while you fry the eggs.
  3. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Crack 2 eggs in the pan at a time (or one depending on the size of your pan) and lower heat to low. Cook until done to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon chilaquiles onto plates and top with an egg. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  4. Serve chilaquiles with as many or as few of the garnishes as you'd like.

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  • grace August 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    oh kate, yum! i want this for breakfast (or dinner!) every day!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos August 18, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much Grace!

  • Lola (Lola's Cocina) August 18, 2016 at 3:45 am

    These look so good! And I love all of the garnishes you add.

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos August 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Lola! The garnishes are my favorite part.

  • Yvette (Muy Bueno) August 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    You can never go wrong with chilaquiles. LOVE! YUM! Beautiful photos!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos August 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Nope, never Yvette! I could easily eat chilaquiles alllll the time.

  • jennifer paul September 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    this is looking so yummy will try this for sure

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos September 6, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Thanks so much Jennifer!! I hope you love it as much as we do. 🙂