Chef's Notes: If you've never heard of chilaquiles, it's time to change that. Most people would fry up yesterday's tortillas and simmer them in a simple roasted tomato sauce. When they're that not-too-crispy, not-too-mushy texture that I absolutely love, they get spooned onto a plate, drizzled with crema and sprinkled with cheese.
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Ingredients
Recipe
SERVES -4
ACTIVE TIME -
TOTAL TIME -
DIFFICULTY - Moderate
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Heat the broiler. Spread the tomatoes onto a baking sheet and broil until they are darkly roasted, about 6 minutes a side.
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(Note: Chef Bayless uses half a large onion, but this recipe has substituted 1 small onion instead.) Cut the onion in half, then cut both halves into ¼-inch slices; reserve half of the slices for garnish. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or a deep, large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onion and cook, stirring regularly, until golden, about 7 minutes. Peel and mince the garlic cloves; add to golden onions and stir until soft, 1 more minute.
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Remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven and transfer to a blender. Add the chipotles and blend to a coarse purée. Pour the mixture into the pan with the sautéed onions and garlic; cook over medium-high heat until the sauce has thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.
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Add the epazote or cilantro and the broth. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a rolling boil; taste and add more salt if necessary. Add the chips and make sure they are coated with the sauce; then cover the pan and turn off the heat. Allow to rest until the chips have soaked up the sauce, 5 minutes.
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Gently stir the chilaquiles before spooning them into a serving dish. Top with the remaining half of the onion slices and garnish with the crema, queso anejo, and additional epazote or cilantro.
Equipment
Baking sheet
Chef's knife
Dutch oven or large, deep skillet
Tongs
Blender
Skills you'll learn
Broiling tomatoes