If a typical Mexican invited you for dinner, what do you think he would cook for you? Forget a burrito or a quesadilla. Chilaquiles is a typical Mexican dish – corn nachos in hot sauce. It’s delicious and, supposedly, a perfect hangover cure. So, if you will ever want to try cooking Mexican food, this one is worth it.

Recently, we had an opportunity to meet two young people from Mexico who we hosted via Couchsurfing – see our tips for Couchsurfing. They were very friendly and I think they enjoyed their stay in our home. In return, they offered that they would cook a traditional Mexican dish for us. The dish took us by surprise because we expected something we already know from local Mexican restaurants. However, we enjoyed the meal. We liked it so much that we decided to write down the recipe and share it on our blog. The dish is fast and simple to make and, above all, tasty.

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What will you need (4 serves):

  • 1 kg tomatoes
  • 215 g chipotle For example this
  • 1 onion

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 4 chicken legs

  • 200 g Gouda cheese

  • 1 cup of sour cream

  • Nachos

  • 1 cube of chicken bouillon

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1. Wash chicken legs in the lukewarm water, season with salt and pepper. Stew the meat with a bit of oil and water until tender.

2. Meanwhile, prepare tomato sauce. Cook uncut tomatoes in water for approximately 20 minutes until their skins start to crack. Then, remove them, and puree it all together with cut onion and a clove of garlic until smooth. After that, add a chipotle sauce to taste. Usually, a half tin is used.

3. Cook the sauce over a gentle heat until boiling. Do not forget to add salt and pepper. The thickness should be somewhere between milk and cream. If the sauce is thicker than that, add a little bit of lukewarm water. After that, flavor with 3 tablespoons of leftover juice from the roasted chicken legs. If you don’t mind a little bit of MSG, you can add a chicken bouillon to the sauce, in order to enhance the flavor of the meal.

4. In the course of making the sauce, check the meat. If it is done, leave it to get cooler, either outside or inside. And now the fun part starts. Pick the meat off the bones, remove the skin, and tear the meat into small pieces.

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5. Both the sauce and the chicken are ready now. Either cut cheese into cubes or grate it. Then heat the oil in the pan and add nachos with a bit of cheese. It starts to melt; after a while, add the meat and, eventually, the sauce. Cook quickly and for a short time until nachos get tender.

6. Season the mix with cheese and add a few tablespoons of cream to the top.

There are many versions of this delicious meal found throughout Mexico, and we can serve it with raw slices of onion, beans or fried eggs.

Enjoy your meal!

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