Disclosure: This chilaquiles recipe is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Cacique Inc. and Society Culinaria.
Ground Beef Chilaquiles with Pumpkin Jalapeno Salsa, a Mexican breakfast/brunch dish made with corn tortilla chips, homemade salsa, beef, cheese, sour cream, fried eggs, and others.
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 sunny side up eggs.
Well, today we made some to PER-FEC-TION! My, oh my! Our 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!
ABOUT MEXICAN CHILAQUILES
Chilaquiles is the plural for 'chilaquil' which means "torn up old hat". To make this dish, use old tortillas and leftovers salsa (such as red salsa, green salsa, and moles/sauces) .
There are regional and family versions of this yummy Mexican dish. Although chilaquiles are usually served for breakfast or brunch.
However, they can also be served as the last meal in a long wedding party close to morning (tornaboda).
So cool, right?
HOW TO MAKE THIS CHILAQUILES RECIPE
Our breakfast chilaquiles were made with fried corn tortilla chips mixed with a quick pumpkin jalapeno salsa...
... then 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 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 delish!
BREAKFAST CHILAQUILES TOPPINGS
But the rest of the toppings 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 easy chilaquiles with pumpkin jalapeno salsa for the first time and went bonkers for them... and me too! It was a greatt way to make good use of aged, drying-out tortillas, and to enjoy a superb 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 recipe... 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!
Beef Chilaquiles with Pumpkin Jalapeno Salsa
- For the Corn Tortilla Chips:
- 10 small tortilla rounds cut into quarters, preferably old or dry
- Vegetable oil to fry
- OR about 40 store-bought corn tortilla chips
- 3 cups Pumpkin Jalapeno Salsa
- For the Ground Beef:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning of your choice 1.25 oz
- ¼ cup water
- 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2-4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Suggested Toppings:
- 3-4 tablespoons Cacique Crema Mexicana Agria warmed, Sour Cream
- ¾ cup or more Cacique Queso Fresco crumbled
- 1-4 fried eggs
- 1 avocado sliced
- Grape tomatoes sliced
- ½ small red onion sliced
- Chopped cilantro
- Lime wedges optional
- New corn tortillas can be left to dry on the counter for a few hours or overnight. To prepare the tortilla chips, heat a 2-inch depth of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottom pan over medium-high heat.
- Fry the quartered tortillas in batches until they are light golden brown and crisp. Do not overcrowd the pan!!! Remove them with a slotted spoon and place on a large baking sheet lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Set aside. If you would like to, you can use store-bought corn tortilla chips instead.
- Prepare the quick pumpkin jalapeno salsa according to the directions stated in the recipe.
- To prepare the ground beef, place thawed beef into a medium to large skillet and brown for about 5-6 minutes over medium-high heat. Drain the excess of fat. Stir in the taco seasoning and then water. Let cook for a couple of minutes and then add the vinegar, letting cooking for another 2 minutes. Set aside.
- To assemble the beef chilaquiles casserole, mix the tortilla chips with the warm/hot salsa in a skillet or baking dish, being careful to not break the chips apart. Top with the warm/hot ground beef and then drizzle on the warmed Crema Mexicana Agria.
- Top with crumbled Queso Fresco, fried eggs, sliced tomatoes, onions and avocados. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve immediately while still warm/hot, with lime wedges if desired. Enjoy!
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It's election day today, and I can think of no better recipe to offer comfort and nourishment. Wonderful recipe Denise!
Denise Browning says
I agree with you, Deb! For a nerve wrecking day, comfort foods are the best!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Oh wow Denise, this is my first time hearing about chilaquiles and it looks delicious! So much flavor!
Denise Browning says
That was my first time making and eating them too, Shashi! It simply became one of my fave Mexican dishes.
John/Kitchen Riffs says
What a neat dish! I've had something similar, but not chilaquiles. But I will! This looks fantastic. Thanks!
Yes yes yes!! I LOVE chilaquiles and this variation looks like the perfect comfort food right now--goodness knows we need it. Thank you for sharing this!
That is a hearty breakfast, quite different from my usual smoothie or jam bread... 🙂 . I have never heard of chilaquiles, but it looks so good I am getting hungry again.
Little Cooking Tips says
This is really amazing! We'll improvise with some of the ingredients, like using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream (not sold here) and queso fresco with Greek ricotta (anthotyros) and we bet it'll taste delicious! Really exceptional work dear Denise, yummed!
Sending you lots of love,
Panos and Mirella
Not just perfect with breakfast, I can have this all day round