Chilaquiles! Chilaquiles Verdes!
I had no idea what they were until I decided to make them for Friday Night Dinner. We don’t live in an area where Mexican food is very authentic, so that’s not a surprise.
So when I decided to make these after watching Lorelai? Lorelai?, I had some research to do. I found out that Chilaquiles are basically a tortilla casserole and actually served as a breakfast dish in Mexico.
Think about how great they would be with some fried eggs on top. But, we were doing this for dinner because I’m American, we like to take other cultures and make them our own (usually in the worst of ways).
The funny thing is, the thought of a tortilla casserole conjured pictures of mushed up tortilla chips in my mind, so I didn’t have high expectations about these chicken and black bean chilaquiles.
How to make chilaquiles verdes
I decided to go with the verde version of chilaquiles for these chicken and black bean chilaquiles – because, cilantro – and I used rotisserie chicken and black beans for my protein so I wouldn’t have to do any more cooking than absolutely necessary.
Then I got even lazier and used tomatillo avocado salsa that I bought at Costco for the salsa verde. It’s all good though, because even with all my laziness, I’m still making my own meals, which is more than I can say for the Gilmore Girls, right?
You could also use homemade roasted tomatillo salsa if you have some.
The overall process of making the dish was easier than I expected, thanks to my shortcuts, and as they baked away in the oven, the smell in my kitchen had already blown my low expectations out of the water.
When we took our first bites, we were pleasantly surprised, and I continued to say “Oh, this is so good!” as I was eating, something that doesn’t happen too often at our overly critical table.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them
Toppings: we went with fresh tomatoes, black olives, chipotle aioli, guacamole and lots of fresh cilantro. Obviously, you can do whatever you want here. Your basic taco or nacho toppings should work, but get creative if you want. I’d love to hear how you like your chilaquiles.Print
For the chilaquiles:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups tomatillo avocado salsa
- 7 – 8 ounces tortilla strips or chips
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Black olives, chopped
- Fresh cilantro leaves
- Preheat oven to 425˚F.
- Heat a large, ovenproof skillet to medium-high. Add olive oil, onion, garlic and salt. Sauté until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and continue to cook for another minute.
- Transfer to a large bowl and add beans. Stir until mixed and set aside.
- Pour chicken broth and salsa into pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by half, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a separate bowl.
- Layer tortilla strips, chicken/bean mixture and broth mixture.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Garnish with desired toppings before serving.
Keywords: dairy free, gluten free, chicken, egg free
Last Updated on December 10, 2020 by Melissa Belanger