Ask any Mexican what’s their favorite morning food, and Chilaquiles will be among the most popular answers. The truth is you can eat chilaquiles any time of the day, but a good chilaquiles breakfast is always welcome all over Mexico.
Have we mentioned that Mexicans love tortillas? It’s true, and Chilaquiles are the ultimate love letter from Mexico to tortillas, since this dish consists of tortillas cut in triagles, fried and then cooked with tomato sauce. If the process sounds simple, the result is delicious, and it’s also an amazing way to start your morning.
Mysterious, Possibly Ancient Origins
There’s no agreement about who invented Chilaquiles, or where. Unlike other Mexican dishes, chilaquiles are not associated with a specific state or zone of Mexico. That’s part of their charm, maybe: All Mexicans can claim them as their own. However, if words are an indicator, chilaquiles may have very ancient origins. In fact, the word “chilaquiles” comes from nahuatl, the language spoken by the Aztecs. It consists of the terms “chilli”, “atl” (water) and “quilitl” (edible erb.)
An Icon Of Mexican Brakfast
Chilaquiles are an unchallenged icon of Mexican breakfast. Since Chilaquiles are a little spicy and and served warm, it’s like a gentle jolt that dispels your morning drowsiness. “Tasty” is the best way to describe chilaquiles. They can be prepared with red or green sauce, but the former is the classical option. Typical recipes include two types of chili and as least as many spices. The result is resolute but friendly in taste, almost energizing. Pair that with coffee, and you’re all set to start your day.
One of the characteristics of Mexican cuisine is that its dishes are customizable. Think of a taco: It offers almost endless possibilities. Well, Chilaquiles is no exception to the rule. You might argue that there are as many ways to eat chilaquiles as there are chilaquiles aficionados. Some like their chilaquiles simple, adding only cheese, while others love to have beans, rice and eggs as a side, or even pulled chicken! If you haven’t, we encourage you to try chilaquiles and find your own, personal way to eat them.
At El Pollo Norteño we love traditional Chilaquiles, and we want you to enjoy them, too. Contact us today, order online, or call 866-MI-POLLO to savor our chilaquiles, a tasty torta, some delicious birria or our amazing chicken grilled to perfection over real Mesquite charcoal.