Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico


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Tortilla chips drenched in salsa, sometimes with egg, chicken or other ingredients.

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What are chilaquiles?

Chilaquiles are fried corn tortilla chips drenched in a salsa, often with a little cheese and crema on top. They’re a common breakfast item on restaurant menus in Mexico.

Chilaquiles Mazamitla: chilaquiles with chorizo.

Chilaquiles Mazamitla: chilaquiles with chorizo, which is kind of like a sausage. These are named by the restaurant after the town of Mazamitla, about 25 miles southeast of Ajijic. Served at La Casa del Café.

There are many varieties of chilaquiles, but the most common are simply known as rojos (red) or verdes (green). You can also get both red and green together, known as chilaquiles divorciados.

Chilaquiles: Fried tortilla strips with salsa.

Chilaquiles divorciados come with both red and green salsas. This dish, served at David’s Café, includes a scrambled egg and a side of beans.

It’s common for chilaquiles to come with an egg and a side of beans. If you ask for your egg fried, the chef might mix it into the chilaquiles directly. Pollo is a common ingredient to add, as well.

Chilaquiles are often made as a delicious way to use up day-old tortillas, which gives them just the right amount of crunch outside and chewiness inside.

Chilaquiles with scrambled eggs a la mexicana, and beans.

Chilaquiles with beans and scrambled eggs a la mexicana (with tomato, onion and serrano chile). Served at Lonchería Mary.

Chilaquiles can be crispy (crujientes) or soft (suaves). In the Lake Chapala area, the chilaquiles are most often crispy: the tortilla chips start to absorb the salsa, but still remain crispy as you eat them. Suaves end up being more like a tortilla casserole.

LEARN MORE: About common types of Mexican food found at Lake Chapala by reading our food guide.

Last updated September 21, 2019

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