Traditional Chilaquiles


This is a traditional chilaquiles recipe that is great to eat for breakfast with fried eggs or for dinner as a main course with a salad.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins


  • 8 fresh tomatillos, husks removed

  • 1 white onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 poblano pepper, peeled and seeded

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded

  • ¾ cup chopped cilantro

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 leaves fresh mint

  • salt to taste

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 12 (6 inch) white corn tortillas, cut into 3 strips

  • ¾ cup shredded pepper Jack cheese

  • ¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Blend tomatillos, onion, poblano pepper, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, garlic, mint, and salt in a blender until smooth. Transfer mixture to a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add chicken to tomatillo sauce and continue to simmer until chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes more.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry tortilla strips in batches until crisp and lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Layer about 1/2 of the fried tortillas in a 2-quart baking dish; spread 1/2 of the tomatillo sauce over tortillas. Mix pepper Jack cheese and Monterey Jack cheese in a bowl; sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese mix over tomatillo sauce. Repeat layers.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is golden and bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
13g Fat
22g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 196mg 15%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 333mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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