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chilaquiles, the worst - Sun, 06/3/12 12:02 AM
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I went to a popular Mexican restaurant in NYC today (not that NYC is known for MExican food….) and ordered the "special" (as noted in a recent write-up) - Chicken Chllaquiles. Wow was I sorry. I felt like the just mixed up a lot of things from other dishes and I could do that at home. They took the tortilla strips that were the same one they put on the table for appetizers, mixed in the salsa they put on the table for appetizers, threw in a few pieces of chicken, dumped some sour cream on top, put an avocado slice on the side and topped it with a fried egg.
Or maybe it's me and this is just how you make the dish??
 
 
 

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Sun, 06/3/12 1:23 AM
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Chilaquiles are basically as you describe it however, there are a wide variety of recipes out there just like there are a wide variety of Burritos and Tacos.
Essentially, it's a Mexican comfort food garbage plate
Chilaquiles are mainly served for breakfast using leftover Tortilla strips cooked in salsa as the base. Varieties include adding various combinations of other ingredients like Mexican cheeses, crema, chicken, Green Chiles, Avocado, Fried or Scrambled eggs, red onion or whatever leftovers are handy. Similiar to a Tex Mex Migas, but different. Usually served with refried beans.

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Sun, 06/3/12 1:47 AM
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Mexican matzo brei

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Sun, 06/3/12 2:16 PM
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Mexican friend describes chilaquiles as leftovers, they can vary a lot.
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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Mon, 06/4/12 10:02 AM
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Yes, the food tasted like "garbage". I hate to say it, it seemed like leftovers from all the other patrons all mixed together. But it was so covered by the tortilla chips and salsa that was also right on the table (for "free") that wondered whyI ordered it!

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Wed, 06/6/12 2:26 PM
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The salsa/sauce should at least have been warmed up and the tortilla's tossed in it. And no cheese? Souinds pretty weak to me.

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Mon, 10/8/12 12:05 AM
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I live in ST. Cloud Fl and there is little mexican place here called Taqueria Tepeyac. The best Chilaquilias you can find. 

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Tue, 10/9/12 9:58 PM
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If you're ever out in Austin, chilaquiles can be had in all their glory-and there are plenty glorious versions. A couple local bloggers made the rounds and found the best,and worst, in the city http://foiegrashotdog.blo...s-in-austin-texas.html

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Tue, 11/13/12 12:40 AM
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They don't have good Mexican food in NYC period. I wasn't able to find any tex mex at all there also when I lived there for 6 months also.

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Tue, 11/13/12 10:12 PM
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Friends of mine used to real Mexican food used to like Panchito's in the Village years ago, but the Yelp reviews make me think it's gone way downhill. I live near an area in Northern New Jersey with a large Mexican population (great source for Mexican oregano for chili), and there are a a couple of very good Mexican restaurants there.
 
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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Wed, 11/14/12 8:31 PM
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fishtaco


 And no cheese? Souinds pretty weak to me.


Real Mexican food is not covered with cheese as it is in the US.
 
now back to the Chilaquiles, here's a recipe
take about 5 tortillas (preferably homemade, also about 1 day old)cut into strips and lightly sautee them in veg oil until semi-stiff but not toasted, add garlic and sliced onions, salt pepper and cook until onions caramelize, add enough salsa to cover the tortillas but not too much that you drown them (here you can use any salsa you may want). let them simmer until most of the sauce is absorbed by the tortillas and serve, top with fried eggs and serve with a side of beans and queso fresco.
and that's all, one thing people don't understand is how simple yet complex Mexican food really is, also remember fresh ingredients = better tasting food, I usually do my chilaquiles with tomatillo sauce or use the more traditional mole, they both taste great.
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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Wed, 11/14/12 10:05 PM
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If you're in Chicago...Au Cheval, 800 West Randolph.  On the brunch menu Sat/Sun and the after midnight menu daily!  Fantastic!!!  Two size, we had the small for a 3-way share with a brunch item.  It was huge!  the pcikled onions on it were a difference maker!

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Fri, 11/16/12 2:45 PM
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Rick Bayless has a recipe for chilaquiles in his book "Mexico, One Plate at a Time". It starts on page 129.

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Fri, 03/15/13 4:03 AM
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One of my favorite breakfast dishes is chilaquiles con chorizo. Humble ingredients but excellent taste!

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Fri, 03/15/13 4:15 PM
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Most of the Mexican platters, throw on this, top with that, a squeeze of something else, put on cheese, under the cheese melter............................Ta-da..... Americanized Chain Mexican food....you never see this junk in Mexico.............pnwc

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Fri, 03/15/13 4:44 PM
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pnwchef


Most of the Mexican platters, throw on this, top with that, a squeeze of something else, put on cheese, under the cheese melter............................Ta-da..... Americanized Chain Mexican food....you never see this junk in Mexico.............pnwc

 
You are right. Real Mexican is not cheese and lettuce.

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Sat, 03/16/13 2:44 PM
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Watched an episode of DDD last night and the restaurant visited made chilaquiles! Looked great and much like many of us have described, sort of whatever you have left

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Sat, 03/16/13 5:00 PM
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Just showing this episode right now. Angela's Cafe in Boston.
 

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Sat, 03/16/13 6:16 PM
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mar52


Mexican matzo brei

YES!!!  I made that one time with the broken tortilla chips at the bottom of a bag--it was delicious!

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Mon, 03/18/13 2:26 PM
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When I have had them here in San Antonio,the eggs were scrambled and you can add mexican chorizo to it as well.
It was a way to use left over tortillas and also good for eating during Lent for meatless days. never had any here with chicken ,avocado,sour cream,etc.Maybe had some cheese,but that's it.

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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Mon, 03/18/13 4:11 PM
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Do you typically use soft tortillas, crisp ones, flour or corn, or does it matter?  I guess if you use soft ones, don't you fry them first anyway?
 
Here's a version I was recently served.  It was a baked dish and seemed pretty gringo to me, but then it wasn't at a Mexican restaurant, either.  If people don't keep things fairly classic, I kinda wish they'd just call them something else.


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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Mon, 03/18/13 9:16 PM
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Huh?  Chilaquiles do not come served in a block.
 
That's a Mexican Kugel.  Must be a Sephardic dish.
 
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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Mon, 03/18/13 9:56 PM
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Like practically any other Mexican dish, there is the real way and then there is the "El Torito gringo" way. I have never seen them made with anything except chorizo or scrambled eggs and maybe a little queso Oaxhaca cheese. Maybe a little salsa just to add some moistness. No guacamole, sour cream, lettuce or any other items to make it look pretty. As mentioned earlier, it came about as a way to use stale broken tortillas or chips. Nothing fancy, but it makes a great breakfast at a Mexican hole-in-the-wall place.
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Re:chilaquiles, the worst - Mon, 03/18/13 9:59 PM
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LOL Mar--hilarious!!!  I had been thinking lasagne, but kugel is way better.