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Chilaquiles Rojos Recipe

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Luis Mariscal


10 ripe Roma tomatoes, quartered
8 serrano chiles, left whole, stems removed
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1 white onion, peeled and quartered
4 tablespoons oil
Chicken base, for seasoning
6 ounces tomato puree
8 ounces cooked and shredded chicken
3 ounces chopped fresh cilantro, plus cilantro sprigs for serving
6 ounces tortilla chips, strips or squares are best
6 ounces sour cream
1 onion, sliced into rings
12 ounces crumbled queso fresco cheese or panela cheese
Prepared guacamole, for serving
Prepared refried black beans, for serving
Prepared pico de gallo salsa, for serving

Grill the tomatoes, chiles, garlic and onions until they have a slightly blackened skin. Do not burn!
Bring 6 cups water to a boil with the blackened veggies until they are cooked through and soft inside.
Pour the veggies with the hot water and a little added cold water into a food processor and process. Don't blend too much, you want the mixture to be chunky. In a large pot, heat up the oil until smoking. Then (carefully!) add a small amount of the sauce mixture and let it burn away for 1 minute (this is for a nice smoky flavor). Then slowly add the rest of the mixture and season with salt and some chicken base.
Add the tomato puree for color, and mix well. Add the shredded chicken and cook until it is heated through. Add the cilantro. Add the chips and serve immediately on 4 plates. Top each plate with some sour cream, sliced onions, queso fresco and a sprig of cilantro. Serve with guacamole, refried black beans and pico de gallo on the side.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
When preparing Chilaquiles one must be joyful. If you are miserable and teary while preparing the dish, a single tear drop in the recipe can cause a catastrophe. A single tear drop will cause immense emotional pain to anyone who eats it. When I hear the tortilla sizzle on the oily pan it brings nostalgia to me and mama. Chilaquiles are like the cure to everything that doesn't exist. And, they can feed a full tummy and a empty heart. Chilaquiles are the cure to our inevitable ends.




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