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Chilaquiles Rojos are baked tortilla chips covered in a savory red sauce and topped with crumbly cheese and a fried egg.

Overhead view of chilaquiles in a skillet with cilantro on the side and a pink glass of water.

Chilaquiles Rojos are a popular brunch dish in Southern Mexico, specifically in Guadalajara where my husband’s family is from.

When we were there this past Summer, I made it a point to try all the native dishes of Guadalajara. This included Chilaquiles, Carne en su jugo, Posole, Jericallas, and Tortas Ahogadas.

Chilaquiles can also be made Verde, with green salsa. Both ways are delicious!

How to Bake Tortilla Chips

Tradtionally the tortillas are deep fried, but I prefer baking them in the oven.

Cut tortillas into small triangles and place them on a well greased baking sheet. I used a pastry brush, dipped it in oil, and brushed the entire sheet pan.

Two image collate of tortilla chips unbaked and baked.

Place tortilla triangles on baking sheet, trying not to overlap, and spray the top with cooking oil spray, or brush them with oil.

Bake them in a 400-degree oven for 15 min, remove and flip each one over. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until golden and crispy. Sprinkle with salt while they are hot.

How to Make the Rojo (Red) Sauce

The sauce is pretty similar to my Homemade Enchilada Sauce, just with the addition of tomato.

I did not make the Rojo Sauce spicy, since my kids would be eating them too. If you prefer a spicer sauce, add some chile de arbol to the pot to boil with everything else.

Guajillo Chiles are very mild in spice, and make up the base of the red sauce along with whole roma tomatoes, garlic, and white onion.

Enchilada Sauce in a mason jar with dried chiles on the side.

Place everything in a small sauce pot with chicken bouillon, or vegetable broth for Vegan. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 10 minutes

Using a slotted spoon remove all the ingredients and place into a blender. Blend until a smooth sauce forms. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a little bit of water.

Assembling the Chilaquiles

Place the blended red sauce in a skillet with a little oil and bring the sauce to a light simmer. Add tortilla chips and stir to coat.

Chilaquiles Rojos in a skillet.

If needed, place a lid on the pan to help the chips soften, but only for a minute. You don’t want the chips to get too soft.

Serve immediately with some cotija or even feta cheese crumbles work, onion, and cilantro.

Chilaquiles Rojos topped with fried egg and pieces of carne asada on top.

For a complete meal, add a fried egg, refried beans, and even carne asada is a great combo!

I don’t recommend storing leftover chilaquiles, instead, you can make the chips and red sauce ahead of time. Then assemble based on the portions you need.

Feature image of red chilaquiles topped with a fried egg.

Chilaquiles Rojos Recipe

Renee
Chilaquiles Rojos are baked tortilla chips covered in a savory red sauce and topped with crumbly cheese and a fried egg.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Rojo (Red) Sauce

Baked Tortilla Chips

  • 20 Corn Tortillas Cut into 8 triangles
  • Oil or Cooking Oil Spray
  • Salt for seasoning

Toppings

  • Fried Egg (1 per a serving)
  • Cotija or Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • Chopped Onion
  • Chopped Cilantro

Instructions
 

Rojo (Red) Sauce

  • Place Tomatoes, Chiles, Onion, and Garlic into a sauce pot and fill with water. Cover and bring to a light boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes for the chiles to soften. For spicy version add chile de arbol to pot.
  • Using a slotted spoon remove ingredients from saucepan and place in a blender with a teaspoon of chicken bouillon or salt. Blend until a smooth sauce forms. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water until you get a smooth sauce.
    Taste the sauce for seasoning and add salt if needed.

Baked Tortilla Chips

  • Cut tortillas into 8 small triangles and place them on a well greased baking sheet. I used a pastry brush, dipped it in oil, and brushed the entire sheet pan. The key to crispy baked chips is to make sure they have oil on them.
  • Place tortilla triangles on baking sheet, trying not to overlap, and spray the top with cooking oil spray, or brush them with oil. Bake them in a 400 degree oven for 15 min, remove and sprinkle with salt while they are hot.

Assembling the Chilaquiles

  • Place the blended red sauce in a skillet with a little oil and bring sauce to a light simmer. Add tortilla chips and stir to coat. If needed, place a lid on the pan to help the chips soften, but only for a minute. You don't want the chips to get too soft.
  • Serve immediately with some cotija or even feta cheese crumbles work, onion, and cilantro. For a complete meal, add a fried egg, refried beans, or carne asada is a great combo!

Video

Notes

This is for 4 big servings, about 5 tortillas per a person. If serving with other items like beans or a protein, then 3-4 tortillas per a person is enough. 
Leftover Sauce can be stored in the fridge for a week. You can make the chips and red sauce ahead of time, and assemble once you are ready to eat. I used about 3oz of Red sauce per a serving.
To make red sauce spicy add a couple chile de arbol and boil with all the ingredients listed.
Popular Recipes from Guadalajara: Carne en su jugo, Posole, Jericallas, and Tortas Ahogadas. 

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 453mgFiber: 10gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1042IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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2 Comments

  1. This recipe is simple and perfectly delicious. My go to for making chilaquiles,and everyone who tries them loves them!