Recipe: Chorizo Chilaquiles

These chile sauce-soaked tortilla chips are what's for breakfast

To make this Mexican breakfast of tortilla chips soaked in sauce and loaded with toppings, we actually prefer tortilla chip strips, because they're the perfect size to stab a fork into. If you're ambitious, make-your-own tortilla chips, or just buy them thick-cut. They won't fall apart and will miraculously stay crunchy though bathing in chipotle chile sauce.

To learn more, read "Chipping & Handling."

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Chorizo Chilaquiles
5 from 47 ratings
Learn to make chilaquiles, a century-old Mexican dish that morphs last night's leftovers into a hearty breakfast.
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Total time: 35 minutes
  • For the Chipotle Chile Sauce
  • 1 dried ancho chile
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1½ cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium onion)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic (1 clove)
  • 1½ cups tomato sauce (one 14-ounce can)
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • Water, as needed
  • For the Pickled Red Onions
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion (½ small red onion)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 lime)
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • For the Chorizo Chilaquiles
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • ½ cup (3½ ounces) fresh chorizo
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups chipotle chile sauce
  • 4 cups thick tortilla chips, unsalted (from 8 tortillas)
  • ¼ cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • To Serve
  • Sour cream
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  1. Make the chipotle chile sauce: Put the ancho chile in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over. Let sit until the chile is deep red and soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile make the pickled red onions: In a small bowl, combine the sliced red onions and lime juice. Season with kosher salt and set aside to macerate.
  3. In large sauté pan over high heat, warm the canola oil for the sauce and add the onions. Season with the kosher salt and cook, stirring often, until the edges turn dark brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, another minute, and remove from the heat.
  4. When the ancho chile is soft, destem it and remove its seeds, reserving the water. Add the chile and ½ cup of the ancho water to a blender base, along with the onion-garlic mixture, tomato sauce, chipotle chile and its chile adobo sauce. Purée on medium-high speed until smooth. Return to the large sauté pan and bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm. Makes about 3 cups.
  5. Make the chorizo chilaquiles: In small sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the canola oil. Add the chorizo and cook, breaking the meat apart and stirring with a wooden spoon until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Push the meat to the side of the pan and add the egg, frying it in the chorizo fat, until the whites are completely cooked and the yolk is barely set, about 3 minutes.
  6. Return the chipotle chile sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt as needed. If the sauce has reduced too much, add a few tablespoons of water. Add the tortilla chips and toss with a large slotted spoon to coat. Scoop out the chips with the spoon, letting excess sauce drip back into the pan, and transfer to a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with the chorizo, queso fresco and the pickled red onions. Top with the fried egg and cilantro, and serve with the sour cream, avocado slices and lime wedges.
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