Chilaquiles are the Hottest New Food Trend

Eating this traditional Mexican breakfast food comes with a host of wellness benefits too.


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This Mexican breakfast dish is full of healthy nutrients and benefits.

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If you haven’t tried chilaquiles, you don’t know what you are missing. This Mexican breakfast is one of the hottest new food trends.

So what are chilaquiles? This traditional Mexican dish is made from fried tortillas cooked in a flavorful sauce, usually a green or red salsa, according to the food blog Love & Lemons. Chilaquiles are usually topped with eggs but there are a myriad of other toppings that can be used including cream, cheese, onions, or even meat.

The dish originated in central Mexico and made its way north of the border as part of the growing popularity of Mexican food. But why is this ethnic food trending now?

The question is easily answered. Mexican food is inexpensive, easy to prepare, and so good for you. These staples include some of the healthiest food on earth such as beans, hot peppers, corn tortillas, cactus, and avocado, according to Healthline.  Some of the other healthy ingredients like pumpkin and chia seeds also originate in Mexico and is used in traditional dishes.

Here are four nutritious and tasty chilaquiles recipes that will turn your table into a fiesta:

Easy Green Chilaquiles

This recipe from Love & Lemons is perfect for breakfast or lunch and simple to make. All you need is around four handfuls of thick tortilla chips, tomatillo salsa verde (green salsa that is homemade or from a jar), water, four fried eggs, avocado, radishes, cheese, cilantro lime crema, and fresh cilantro leaves. Cook on your stove top for five to ten minutes and you have a delicious spicy treat. Serve immediately.

Chilaquiles Rojos

This red salsa chilaquiles recipe from Cookie + Kate is everything a brunch dish should be. Since the sauce is the backbone of the dish, the blog suggests using a red enchilada sauce. You also need tortilla chips, tangy cheese, cilantro, avocado, and spices. You can top your chilaquiles with eggs. This easy dish takes just minutes to prepare and cook. 

Traditional red salsa chilaquiles.

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Chicken Chilaquiles

Dress up your brunch chilaquiles with shredded lean chicken. While this recipe from the Taste and Tell blog is not authentic and you won’t find it in your favorite Mexican restaurant, it is easy to make and full of nutrition and taste. Prep time is only 10 minutes and cook time is 12 minutes from stove to table. All you need is a can of diced tomatoes, garlic cloves, chipotle chiles, adobo sauce, three cups of cooked shredded chicken, cilantro, tortilla chips, and use sour cream and cheese to dress it up.

Black Bean Chilaquiles

These black bean chilaquiles are really heart healthy because they embrace ingredients like black beans, egg whites, and canola oil, according to the HL Nutrition website. The recipe also calls for corn tortillas, crumbled low-fat cheese, chipotle powder, chopped onion, tomatoes, one jalapeno pepper, and cilantro. This breakfast or lunch dish takes only 15 minutes to make.