Authentic Chilaquiles Recipe, Video Cooking Lesson

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Authentic Chilaquiles

How To Make Authentic Mexican Chilaquiles (Rojos)


In this recipe, Chef Toby will show you how to make authentic Mexican Chilaquiles with a traditional red salsa. This dish is a popular breakfast in Mexico and is typically made with deep-fried tortilla chips. Instead, we brush these with avocado oil and bake them in the oven to make them extra crispy (and healthier for you)!


  • Pre-measure ingredients
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F




  • First take the corn tortillas and lather them with avocado oil on both sides using a kitchen brush. 
Brush Corn Tortillas With Avocado Oil

Brush corn tortillas with avocado oil

  • Next, cut them in 8ths and arrange them on cookie trays or baking sheet in a single layer. 
Cut The Tortillas Into 8Ths

Cut the tortillas into 8ths

  • Put tortillas in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. 
Bake Tortillas In A Preheated Oven At 400 Degrees For 15 Minutes

Bake tortillas in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes

  • In the meantime, cut 4 tomatoes in quarters and put them in the blender. Add 1/4 onion, a teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of chicken bouillon base, and 1 cup of water.
Blend Tomatoes, Onion, Water, Salt, And Chicken Bouillon Base_

Blend tomatoes, onion, water, salt, and chicken bouillon base_

  • In a pot, add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil Turn stove to medium and heat oil for about 30 seconds. Pour tomato puree into the pot and cook for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
In A Sauce Pan, Add 1 Tablespoon Of Oil And Cook The Sauce For 10 Minutes

In a sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the sauce for 10 minutes

  • Now take the tortilla chips out of the oven and put them in a non-stick pan. Pour the sauce on top of the chips, making sure all chips are covered with sauce. Turn the pan on to medium and let the chips soak the sauce for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately and dress with Mexican cream, chopped onion, and queso cotija. 
In A Non Stick Pan, Take Tortilla Chips And Add Sauce, And Let Them Soak For 5 Minutes

In a non stick pan, take tortilla chips and add sauce, and let them soak for 5 minutes

And The Yummy Final Product

Authentic Chilaquiles

Authentic Mexican Chilaquiles


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Chilaquiles Nutritional Highlights

(The Stuff That Fuels Your Body!)


  •  Tomatoes are a very healthy fruit and are a great source of fiber as well as vitamins C, K, and potassium.
  • These vitamins make tomatoes great for helping support blood and heart health, and the immune system. 


  • Made from corn and water, tortillas contain fiber from corn, which helps aid in digestion and helps to keep you full. They also contain magnesium, which is good for supporting healthy muscles.


  • Onions are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, and fiber. These help to increase immune function, digestion and help maintain a healthy heart.

Mexican Cream

  • Since Mexican Cream is consumed in small servings, it can easily be a part of a healthy diet. This dairy product contains small amounts of protein and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which help support a variety of different functions throughout the body. 

Cotija Cheese

  • Like most cheeses, Cotija is high in protein, which helps our bodies build muscle. It's also high in Vitamin A and Calcium, which helps build strong bones.

Avocado Oil

  • Considered a "healthy fat," avocado oil contains antioxidants, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
  • These are known to help promote a healthy heart and brain.

Chilaquiles Frequently Asked Questions

What are chilaquiles made of?

Chilaquiles are typically made of fried corn tortilla chips that are smothered in a simmering red sauce. They are commonly made with either red or green salsa. 

What is the difference between chilaquiles and migas?

Migas, another popular hispanic dish, is similar to chilaquiles, but consists of tortillas combined with scrambled eggs (we have a recipe here for that too! )

What can you eat with chilaquiles?

Chilaquiles can be topped with a variety of other ingredients, such as a fried egg, sour cream, cheese and cilantro. 

Do chilaquiles contain meat?

Most chilaquiles recipes do not contain meat, but topping them with shredded chicken or another protein is a popular choice at Mexican restaurants. 

Where do chilaquiles come from?

Chilaquiles are a popular breakfast dish from Mexico. 

Read Our Related Blog Post

In our chilaquiles video lesson, we use cotija cheese which is part of a group of crumbly cheeses. Learn more about those cheese by reading our post.

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