Chilaquiles for a Crowd

Chilaquiles for a Crowd

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Servings: 12


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large white onions sliced ¼ inch thick (divided use)
  • 3 cupsFrontera Roasted tomatillo Salsa 1 ½ 16-ounce jars or homemade (recipe below)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups 6 ounces shredded Mexican melting cheese (such as Chihuahua) or Monterey Jack, brick or mild cheddar (divided use)
  • 12 ounces tortilla chips preferably thick, homemade-style ones (such as those from a tortilleria or a Mexican grocery store)
  • 3/4 cupMexican crema creme fraiche or sour cream thinned with a little milk or cream
  • 1/2 cupfreshly grated Mexican queso añejo or other garnishing cheese such as Romano or Parmesan optional
  • Ahandful of cilantro leaves for garnish
  • 6 sunny-side-up eggs for serving optional

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

  • Makes 3 cups
  • 1 pound about 5 - 7 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 4 garlic cloves unpeeled
  • 1 or 2 fresh serrano chiles
  • 1 small white onion sliced ½ inch thick
  • Salt


  • 1.Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. In a large (4-quart) pot, heat the oil over medium-high. Add about 2/3 of the onion and cook, stirring regularly, until richly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the salsa and broth and bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat and stir in 2/3 of the shredded cheese.
  • 2.Pour the chips into a 13x9 inch baking dish and cover with the sauce, gently pressing the chips into the sauce, breaking up larger pieces, so that all of the chips are coated. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Cover the baking dish with foil, being careful not to let the top of the chips touch the foil. Slide into the hot oven to heat through, 8 to 10 minutes. When the chilaquiles are bubbling, remove from the oven, drizzle with the crema and sprinkle with the remaining onion. Top with the queso aňejo and cilantro, and the optional sunny side up eggs. Serve without hesitation.
  • 3.Spread out all the ingredients on a rimmed baking sheet and slide it as close up under a preheated broiler as possible. After 4 or 5 minutes, when everything is blotchy-black and softening, turn the vegetables and roast the other side. They will be finished when everything has cooked through (they should be soft) and have an attractive bit of rustic char. Cool, then slip the skins off the garlic and pull the stem off the chiles. In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatillos (and any juice on the baking sheet), garlic, chiles, onion and a scant teaspoon salt, and process to a coarse puree.


Adapted from www.rickbayless.com
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