I am constantly reading about food. Cookbooks, magazines, websites, blogs – I devour their instructions and savor the inspiration every single day, multiple times daily actually. Food is definitely one of my favorite little pleasures in life. Since I spend so much time reading about food, it was surprising to me that up until a few weeks ago I’d never heard of Chilaquiles (pronounced “chee-la-key-lay”). I saw them on a few blogs, then in the same week I saw them featured on Everyday Food. I was intrigued. Then I saw them mentioned again on the Cooking Channel. I was fixated now. I must put some of that in my mouth, stat. Only problem was that I wasn’t fully certain what a chilaquile really was. So after reading articles and recipes from all sorts of cooks, I found that chilaquiles aren’t anything new, they’re just new to me. They’re a traditional Mexican dish, and there are as many variations as there are kitchens. It was originally developed as a way to use leftover, stale tortilla chips. When making mine I pulled together some of my favorite things from several sources, especially Everyday Food. Their recipe was the most simple, and that’s a quality that’s near and dear to my heart. The dish is infinitely adaptable, so use what you like best and make it your own.
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