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chilaquiles roja recipe, with fried eggs on top.

Today we are going to share with you one of my favorite recipes ever, our Chilaquiles recipe. The first time I tried it was in Mexico when I was 12 or 13 years old. I remember sitting at breakfast with my family and seeing a server walk past me with a big plate of cheesy tortilla chips with an egg on top. I thought chips for breakfast was pretty incredible, so I ordered it and whoa! The freshly fried chips were slathered in a smoky red sauce, topped with salty queso fresco and finished with a perfectly fried egg. It was so simple, but unforgettable.
homemade tortilla chips for chilaquiles

What Are Chilaquiles?

Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican breakfast. It consists of fried tortilla chips lightly simmered in a red (roja) or green (verde) sauce.

How Do You Make Chilaquiles?

Chilaquiles rojas is traditionally made by sautéing and blending together diced onion, garlic, tomatoes, and dried guajillo chiles to create a smoky red sauce. Chilaquiles verdes is made with tomatillo salsa, providing a brighter and slightly tangy flavor. Once the sauce is made, its simmered in a skillet. Tortilla chips are then folded into the sauce until evenly coated.

What Do You Eat With Chilaquiles?

They are generally topped with fried eggs and finished with crumbled queso fresco. There are many variations for chilaquiles – they can be served with shredded chicken, refried beans and topped with a variety of garnishes like sliced radishes, cilantro or avocado to name a few.

To Toss or Simmer Together?

I like to simmer the chips in the sauce for a few minutes because I like the slightly softer results.  If you want your chips to have a crispier texture, remove the sauce from the heat and toss together with your chips. Either way is great and totally based on personal preference.

Our chilaquiles recipe is a little nontraditional by using chipotle peppers in adobe instead of dried chiles and canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones. I like the smoky and spicy flavors that chipotles in adobe sauce have and the more intensely concentrated tomato flavor you get from crushed tomatoes from a can. You can always make this recipe even more simple by buying and using readymade red sauce from the store. I personally love this one.

If you love chilaquiles as much as I do, I recommend checking out our other versions!

Chipotle Lime Chilaquiles

Shakshuka Chilaquiles

Green Chilaquiles

chilaquiles plates ready to be eaten.

Easy Chilaquiles

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4


red sauce

  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ½ cups crushed tomatoes
  • 4 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock

fried eggs

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 12 ounces tortilla chips


  • ½ cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • hot sauce optional


red sauce

  • Place oil in a heavy bottom skillet and place over medium-high heat.
  • Saute onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue to sauté for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour mixture into a blender and add crushed tomatoes, chipotle peppers in adobe and stock. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour sauce back into skillet and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

fried eggs

  • Place a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add oil. Swirl oil around pan and crack eggs into pan. Fry eggs for 3 to 4 minutes until edges are crispy, whites have set but yolks are still runny. Remove from heat and set aside.


  • Raise heat of sauce to medium-high and bring to a boil about 3 minutes. Add tortilla chips, a handful at a time, folding gently to coat every chip before adding more.
  • Repeat until all chips have been added and evenly coated, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold together. Remove from heat and top with fried eggs.
  • Top with queso fresco, radishes, cilantro, and hot sauce. Serve immediately.


  • *Makes 1 12” skillet
Calories: 763kcal Carbohydrates: 74g Protein: 19g Fat: 46g Saturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 174mg Sodium: 948mg Potassium: 806mg Fiber: 9g Sugar: 11g Vitamin A: 1503IU Vitamin C: 17mg Calcium: 321mg Iron: 5mg

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  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga Not Specified Not Specified

    These look wonderful…perfect looking eggs, and lovin the big radish slices. Yum. The colors of the plates with the food..make me wanna dive in!

  2. Connie @ Daydream In Color Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    Wow this was so good. I want it again!

  3. ileana Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks good and reminds me of the eggs my mom would sometimes make for me. They’re different, but she crisps up pieces of tortilla in a pan and then adds the eggs. It’s salty and so delicious. :)

  4. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my goodness! I’ve never heard of this, but I’m 100% sold, especially with the eggs on top. We’re having a bit of a warm spell here [Ft. Collins, CO] with 3 days in the 60’s but snow on Wednesday. :) I love the texture of the surface you shot this dish on.

  5. E Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, they look really tasty!

    Congratulations on your pictures. I’ve just opened my personal blog and I wish I could take such wonderful pictures one day… :)

  6. Aaron from The Amused Bouche Blog Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    Chilaquiles! Hands down, one of my top 3 favorite breakfasts!

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    you just spoke to this Texas girl’s heart with this one…chilaquiles are one of my FAVORITE breakfast foods ever and these were amazing!

  8. fawn Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    I love chilaquiles. They are so easy and remind me of Mexico. I love this easy variation!

  9. Megan Not Specified Not Specified

    Whoa! Never heard of this dreamboat of a brunch. Yum.

  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    This is really neat! Love this idea!

  11. Nicole Franzen Not Specified Not Specified

    I LOVE CHILAQUILES, we ate them everyday in Mexico. I have yet to attempt them at home in fear that I will never accomplish that bad ass sauce and that delightful crema. Divine, I must try now.

  12. Chase l Oh The Cuteness! Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    Oh man are you kidding me these were so good!

  13. thelittleloaf Not Specified Not Specified

    Brunch is one of my favourite meals of the day and this looks awesome – your fried egg is perfect!

  14. Eva {not your mama's dinner} Not Specified Not Specified

    Damn! I’ve never heard of chilaquiles before but now I HAVE TO try them out. They look devine!

  15. Mirauncut Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    I love chilaquiles! Yum! I ate these with a big dollop of sour cream. Soooo good!

  16. Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) Not Specified Not Specified

    i saw these made on an episode of chopped and i cant wait to try them! thanks for the recipe!!

  17. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    Yeah… I am ghostly white and have yet to lose that extra holiday weight as well! Guess I will start to diet or something after I make this recipe!!! Looks delicious!

  18. Erin Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight…was really pleased with the result. Yummy stuff!

  19. Jessica Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    I just made this! Topped with corn, black beans and cheese! Can’t wait to make it again, maybe this time with a few nice green things on top and maybe the radishes :) Thanks for the recipe!

  20. liz Not Specified Not Specified

    YO IM SO MAKING THIS OVER THE WEEKEND. thanks for the recipe!

  21. La Petite Gigi Not Specified Not Specified

    I have been obsessed with chilaquiles ever since trying them in San Francisco at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market. This is something I absolutely MUST attempt to make. Thanks for the great recipe!

    La Petite Gigi

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  23. A Duck's Oven Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks fantastic! I’ll have to mix it up for breakfast soon and give chilaquiles a try.

  24. branny Not Specified Not Specified

    Man I would love it if someone served this to me for brunch!

  25. Kerry Not Specified Not Specified

    I only like my eggs scrambled, and have had this dish that way, but how can I make them scrambled in this recipe? Sounds soooo yummy.

  26. kat Not Specified Not Specified

    Ahh this is my favorite! My boyfriend makes the best chilaquiles! I always ask him to make this for me :)

  27. Jeannie Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks delicious even though I have never try this before, love the photo!

  28. myfudo Not Specified Not Specified

    With that sunny side up on top…This’ll sure be a breakfast favorite!

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  30. Dave Not Specified Not Specified

    Sounds good to me. I’m going to try this next weekend

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  38. Adri Not Specified Not Specified

    I LOVE Chilaquiles, and yours look so tempting. It looks particularly good in the frypan, and your close-up of the chips is a terrific shot. I’d love to have this for breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration.

  39. kita Not Specified Not Specified

    BRING ON SUNDAY BRUNCH. This girl loves a savory dish like this to wake up to (who am I kidding? I’d eat this for dessert too)

  40. Rachel Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    Chilaquiles are always a good idea, and this version was delicious!

  41. Kathy Connolly Not Specified Not Specified

    The recipe looks great, but I wanted to see a pic of Dexter! :)

  42. Emily Not Specified Not Specified

    5 stars
    I just made this for a group of friends for brunch – it was super easy to do and a huge success! Thank you!