Friday, January 28, 2011

Chilaquiles, PDX Vegan Deeeeluxe Style

Chilaquiles are a recipe my abuelita taught me that basically involves frying up a bunch o' tortillas that need to be used up pronto, and whatever else you can toss in with 'em, plus some yummy sauce over everything.  They are amaaaazing hangover food (grams didn't teach me that.)

Basic recipe is as follows...


-Oil for frying
-Stack o tortillas, cut into strips of whatever shape & size you like (3-4ish tortillas per eater? I dunno, I usually eyeball it)
-Garlic chopped up
-Onions chopped up
-Some sort of sauce--I usually mix a can of El Pato sauce with some salsa or enchilada sauce.  Pretty much anything with a tomato/chiles base works.

-Cumin (adds some nice flavor)
-Fresh tomatoes
-Greens (chard, kale, etc.)
-Tempeh or veggie sausages
-Beans on the side ('specially if you have no other protein)

What'cha do with 'em

Fry the tortilla strips in oil til they get crispy.  Grandma always deep-fries, but I usually try to dry-fry with just a bit of oil.  Takes a while.  Practice yer Spanish in the kitchen with yer eagerly waiting friends while you wait.  When they're starting to get crispified (the tortillas, not the friends), make a hole in the center of the pan, drizzle a lil' more oil and add the onions and garlic to it.  These can be put in at any time, I just don't like 'em to get overcooked.  About minute later, add yer sauce.  Just mix it all up together until the sauce soaks in and it starts to get crispy again.  Add salt & pepper to taste and then squeeze some lime juice over the whole deal.  Garnish with cilantro, (avocado, etc.) and you will have something like the deeeeeeelicious looking picture that Kelsey took in my kitchen. =)

¡Buen provecho!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Carlyn, I've been making these since I left Portland