Monday, November 17, 2008

Chilaquiles and my first Awards:)

I saw this recipe for the first time on Rachael Ray Show. Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish. It is usually eaten at breakfast/brunch, but at our place we eat this for dinner.  In the traditional recipe, the tortillas are fried but the baked version works very well,too.  

10 6-inch tortillas ( I use wheat tortillas)
3 cups frozen corn (thawed)
2 15 ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
2 15 ounce cans black beans
1 tbsp cumin-coriander powder
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 red onion (chopped)
3 cloved garlic ( grated)
1 green chili (chopped)
1 tsp hot sauce
2 scallions (chopped)
1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
2 tsp oil
1 tsp butter
cooking spray
cheddar cheese, salt and pepper as needed

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Stack the tortillas on top of one another and slice them into strips about an inch thick. Place into a mixing bowl along with cumin, coriander and lime zest. Mix well along with oil spray and place them into a baking sheet. Bake the strips untill they are crisp and golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and toss red onion, garlic, green chili. Once the onion gets cooked, add fire-roasted tomatoes. Season with salt-pepper and stir to combine. Put in the mixie and pulse it till it resembles salsa. You can add some store-bought salsa to enhance the flavor. Set aside.
  • Heat butter in a pan. Add corn and cook until they are golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Stir only occasionally. Set aside.
  • Use the salsa pan to cook the beans. Add 1 tsp oil and add 1 can of beans. Using a potato masher, mash the beans to a paste and then stir in another can of beans. Add hot sauce and some salt.
  • Assemble the chilaquiles by putting half of the salsa into a 9x13" baking caserole dish. Arrange the toasted corn strips in the dish and top them off with black beans, followed by corn and the remaining salsa. Top with cheddar cheese and put in the oven for about 7-8 minutes.
  • Squeeze lime juice on the top and garnish with scallions and cilantro before serving.

Yasmeen of Health Nut has passed me my very first blog awards- Great Buddy award and the Kreativ Blogger award. Thank you so much dear:).
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My nephew is very fond of corn. Ever since he was small, one his all time favorite foods has been 'corn on the cob' :). When I heard about Sharmi's 'Cooking For Kids' event which has key ingredient 'corn', I knew I had to send in this recipe. I am sure other kids are also going to love this,too.


Dhara said...

i loved this then also..............its jst lots of ingredients n i m afraid of collecting them!!! [:D]

Yasmeen said...

Delicious Chilaquiles! I like Rachael's 30 minutes wonders:)

Supriya said...

Hi Chandani, this is a very new and delicious recipe for me. I love Mexican food, especially the home-made versions. Will definitely try these baked chilaquiles.

Nisarg said...

Congratulations for the awards! Chilaquiles taste delicious, and this version is so light!

Usha said...

Congrats on your awards...this mexican dish looks very delicious, I have never tried these but they sure look inviting...

Purva Desai said...

It looks really appetizing...

Purva Desai said...

Congrats for all ur awards...

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. first time here.. ur blog is very Innovative & Fantastic...Congrats on ur awards..

Chandani said...

Thanks Dhara:)
Hey Yasmeen, I also like her dishes, although being a vegetarian, sometimes I have to make some changes in the recipes..
Hey Supriya, do try them..Mexican is one our favorite cuisines,too:)
Thank you Usha, Purva.. I have made this for friends-families too..everyone just loves it!!
Thank you Sripriya, welcome to my blog:)
and Thank you Nisarg, for letting me do all these different cooking experiments on you:))

Malar Gandhi said...

First time have interesting recipes dear. Congrats on ur awards. You deserve more....

This recipe sounds nice to me...maybe I could try sometime...

Dhara said...

well forgot to congratulate us for award!!!! bt post smthing u've posted nthing new!!!!

Chandani said...

Hey Malar, thanks dear:) do try it and let me know how you like it:)
thanks again Dhara:), just posted a new recipe.....mare have roj vichari rakhvu padshe next day shu post karvu!

Sharmi said...

very nice recipe Chandani. sure a satisfying meal. Thanks! Happy New Year to you and congrats on the awards!