Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish that features lightly fried corn tortillas simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce, often topped with a variety of garnishes like a fried egg, crema, avocado, and queso fresco. This hearty and satisfying meal is perfect for a brunch or a comforting dinner.


For the Homemade Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped (or a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped for extra heat

For the Chilaquiles:

  • 8-10 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish


  1. To make the homemade tomato sauce, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes (or crushed tomatoes), cumin, chili powder, and chipotle peppers (if using). Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  3. In another skillet, heat a thin layer of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry the tortilla quarters in batches until they are crispy and golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  4. Remove most of the oil from the skillet, leaving only a thin layer. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Gently add the fried tortillas to the sauce, stirring carefully to coat the tortillas without breaking them. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. In a separate pan, fry the eggs to your liking.
  6. To serve, spoon the saucy tortillas onto plates. Top each serving with a fried egg, slices of avocado, a drizzle of crema, crumbled queso fresco, and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro.
  7. Serve the chilaquiles immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 450-500
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 20g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4

Chilaquiles with Homemade Tomato Sauce is a delicious and comforting dish, rich in flavors and textures. The combination of crispy tortillas, savory tomato sauce, and creamy toppings makes this a beloved traditional dish in Mexican cuisine. Enjoy this hearty meal for a satisfying breakfast, brunch, or dinner!

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