Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican dish. Typically, corn
tortillas cut in quarters and fried are the basis of the dish. Green or red
mole, is poured over the crispy tortilla triangles, called "totopos."
The mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening.
Left: Chilaquiles verdes con pollo.
Eggs (scrambled or
fried) and pulled chicken are sometimes added to the mix. The dish is topped
with cheese (typically queso fresco) and/or sour cream (crema), and it is served
with refried beans. Like many dishes, regional and familiar variation are quite
Usually, chilaquiles are eaten at breakfast or brunch. This makes them a popular
recipe to use leftover tortillas and salsas.
Moreover, chilaquiles are often lauded as a cure for the common hangover; this
is because in Mexico it is believed that spicy foods help in the recovery
process from a hangover.
The name chilaquiles is derived from the Nahuatl word chil-a-quilitl
which means "herbs or greens in chile broth".