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Mexican Chilaquiles Recipe

A Mexican treat!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: snack


For the Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless & skinless
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic

For the Tomato Sauce

  • 2 onions chopped very small
  • 1 clove garlic chopped very small
  • 12 tomatoes peeled and seeded and pureed
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tabasco sauce optional - if you want it hot
  • 4 round corn tortillas

To Assemble

  • sour cream diluted with a small amount of water
  • ½ pound Manchego cheese
  • ½ pound mozzarella cheese


  • Quarter the onions and finely chop.
  • Prep the tomatoes.
  • Mince the cilantro.
  • Slice the cheeses into thin slices.
  • Cut the tortillas into strips, but not too wide.
  • Cook chicken with a little water, pinch of salt, the quartered onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Cover and slowly cook over medium heat. You are basically steaming the meat.
  • Cook until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Put chicken on a plate and let it cool for a while until you can shred it in very small pieces with your hands or a fork.
  • Throw out the garlic and onion. They were only used to add additional flavor.

Tomato Sauce

  • Make a tomato sauce or buy your favorite prepared tomato sauce if you are in a hurry.
  • To make a quick homemade tomato sauce, saute the chopped onion and garlic in a little olive oil. When the onion is translucent, add the tomatoes, cilantro and optional tobasco sauce. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the sauce, lower heat and cook for a few minutes so the shredded chicken can absorb some of the flavors from the tomato sauce.
    Don't let the sauce cook to long. You don't want the chicken to dry out.

Fry the Corn Tortillas

  • Deep fry corn tortillas. When they are crisp, remove and place them on sheets of paper towels to remove excess oil .

Assemble the Chilaquiles Like a Lasagna

  • Use a big lasagna pan and layer the following:
    A layer of tortillas. A layer of chicken in sauce. A few spots of sour cream diluted in water. Cheese on top
  • Repeat by doing the same for next layer and finish with cheese and some sour cream.
  • Cook in the oven approximately 45 minutes at 335° F.
  • Serve with a salad or some refried beans and save some chips to serve with the Chilaquiles.