Ground Beef Chilaquiles with Pumpkin Jalapeno Salsa, a Mexican breakfast/brunch dish made with corn tortilla chips, a quick homemade salsa, beef, cheese, sour cream, fried eggs, and other fresh toppings.
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Have you ever heard about chilaquiles? It is a Mexican breakfast/brunch dish made from fried tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, and other toppings, such as fried eggs. Well, today we made some to PER-FEC-TION! My, oh my! Our Ground Beef Chilaquiles with Pumpkin Jalapeno Salsa was a huuuuge hit with my family… and I am sure it will be with yours, too. Enchiladas? I say fuggedaboutit! The word of choice for today is CHILAQUILES!
Chilaquiles is the plural for ‘chilaquil‘ which means “torn up old hat”. To make this dish, old tortillas and leftovers salsa (such as red salsa, green salsa, and moles/sauces) are used.
There are regional and family variations of this satisfying Mexican dish. Although chilaquiles are usually served for breakfast or brunch, they can also be served as the last meal in a long wedding party close to morning (tornaboda).
Our chilaquiles recipe was made with fried corn tortilla chips mixed with a quick pumpkin jalapeno salsa, topped with ground beef, Cacique Queso Fresco and Crema Mexicana Agria (sour cream), fried eggs, avocado, cilantro, grape tomatoes, and red onions. This is truly a dish to celebrate the joy of eating with fresh and bright flavors!
If you prefer not to let the corn tortillas dry on the counter for a few hours or overnight and then fry them in vegetable oil… well, then you can take the shortcut of buying tortilla chips right off of your supermarket shelf. Easy peasy! You can save time and avoid the mess.
The quick pumpkin jalapeno salsa can be prepared ahead of time and used in more than one dish. It can even be served with corn tortilla chips as an appetizer for a party or Thanksgiving.
The ground beef was prepared within 10 minutes using taco seasoning, water, and red wine vinegar. Yes… it was as simple as that, and was delicious!
The rest of the toppings can easily be purchased ready-made. The Cacique Crema Mexicana Agria (a rich and creamy, non-gelatinous sour cream) and Queso Fresco are available at local supermarkets. To find out more about these and other Cacique products, and also to locate them at a store near you, just click here.
My family had these beef chilaquiles with pumpkin jalapeno salsa for the first time and went totally bonkers for them… and me too! It was an excellent way to make good use of aged, drying-out tortillas, and to enjoy a superb, flavorful dish made with humble ingredients. Pumpkin, a seasonal ingredient, also shined bright in this dish, proving how useful it can be in more than just baked goodies alone.
I hope that you try our chilaquiles… and if you’d still like to, you can save the ingredients to prepare enchiladas too. How versatile is that: same ingredients, two different dishes!