Chilaquiles Scramble


My landlady in Mexico used to make chilaquiles with scrambled eggs instead of fried eggs. She made her own tortilla chips out of stale flour tortillas. This is a very flexible recipe, so use what you have on hand for this yummy brunch dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, or to taste

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 small tomato, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup salsa verde (green salsa)

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 cups tortilla chips

  • 5 large eggs

  • ½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese

  • 1 medium avocado, sliced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, or to taste


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and jalapeño; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato and garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add salsa and scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add tortilla chips to the pan and stir until coated with sauce.

  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a separate skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk eggs together in a bowl, then pour into the hot pan and cook until starting to set, about 2 minutes. Scrape cooked egg from the edges and fold into the center. Cook until eggs are halfway cooked but still runny, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  3. Fold eggs into tortilla chip mixture. Keep stirring to finish scrambling the eggs, about 2 minutes. Add Cotija cheese and turn off the heat.

  4. Divide egg mixture among four plates. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.


You can substitute cherry tomatoes for the whole tomato and Monterey Jack, Cheddar, or Oaxacan cheese for the Cotija.

Make your own tortilla chips by cutting and frying flour tortillas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

428 Calories
32g Fat
24g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 428
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 253mg 84%
Sodium 616mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 207mg 16%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 587mg 12%

* 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.

You’ll Also Love