Chipotle Chilaquiles

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Muffin Goddess

This is one of my fall back recipes when I'm short on time and facing a "something spicy Mexican" request. Adapted from a Rick Bayless recipe.

Top Review by recipemonkey

I'd never made chilaquiles before, but this was tasty and pretty easy. I substituted refried black beans for the chicken to make it vegetarian, and I topped it with guacamole instead of crema fresca. The tortillas softened more quickly than I expected, making them slightly mushy after five minutes of soaking. Next time (and there will definitely be a next time), I'll check on the tortillas after three or four minutes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 corn tortillas (this is actually a good use for those thick, tough grocery store tortillas such as Pepitos brand)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole canned tomatoes, drained (see note below)
  • 2 -3 chipotle chiles in adobo (the canned chipotles)
  • 1 12 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion, divided (approximately 1 large onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 12 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth can be used if you prefer)
  • salt, to taste
  • 13-12 cup Mexican crema (sometimes I use sour cream thinned with a little buttermilk instead)
  • 1 12 cups cooked chicken, coarsely shredded (see note below)
  • 14 cup crumbly cheese (I use either cotija or dry imported feta, grated Romano or Parmesan would work as well)
  • 12 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional, we like our chilaquiles kinda cheesy)
  • 12 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. NOTE: for the tomatoes, drain them lightly and don't drain them completely dry, or you may have to supplement the sauce with jarred salsa (see sauce preparation instructions below).
  2. NOTE: for the chicken, I usually season 3 skinless boneless breast halves with Tone's Lime Pepper seasoning or Goya Adobo con Pimiento, then toss them on the Foreman grill for about 8 minutes.
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  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. Stack tortillas into three piles of four tortillas each. Cut each pile like a pie into 8 sections.
  7. Spray 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray. Divide the tortilla chips between the two pans, keeping them in as much of a single layer as possible.
  8. Mist the chips with cooking spray, and bake them (stirring them a bit, once or twice) for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crispy and golden.
  9. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.
  11. Pour the drained tomatoes and the chipotles (seeds and all) into a blender. Coarsely puree the mixture (it shouldn't be totally smooth).
  12. You need to have approximately 2 1/4 cups of puree. If you come up short, rather than using another partial can of tomatoes, you can supplement the mixture with some jarred salsa (I use taqueria salsa from either Goya or La Victoria).
  13. In a large Dutch oven with a lid, heat the vegetable oil and cook about 1/2 cup of the onion, stirring regularly, for about 7 minutes or until golden.
  14. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, stirring so garlic doesn't burn.
  15. Increase heat to medium-high and add tomato/chipotle puree. Stir almost constantly until the mixture thickens up a bit, about 4 or 5 minutes.
  16. Stir in the broth, and salt to taste (keeping in mind the salt that will be added from the chips, if you used it).
  18. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the chips and stir to coat.
  19. Bring sauce and chips to a rolling boil again. Cover the pan, turn off the heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes (no longer, because the chips should be s bit chewy and not mushy). Sprinkle cilantro into the pot.
  20. Dish out mixture onto 4 warm plates. Divide chicken evenly over top of tortilla mixture and stir lightly to coat chicken with sauce. Top with crema or thinned sour cream, remaining chopped onions and both cheeses, then serve.

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