Salsa-Simmered Tortillas (Chilaquiles)

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles
Canned chipotle chiles and chorizo are two of the ingredients that distinguish this central Mexican version of chilaquiles from other regional styles of the dish. Get the recipe for Chilaquiles »Matt Taylor-Gross

Canned chipotle chiles and chorizo are two of the ingredients that distinguish this central Mexican version of chilaquiles from other regional styles of the dish.

Salsa-Simmered Tortillas (Chilaquiles)
Canned chipotle and chorizo are two of the ingredients that distinguish this central Mexican version of chilaquiles from other regional styles.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 6 plum tomatoes, cored
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, halved lengthwise, and seeded
  • 1 small white onion, quartered
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 4 canned chipotle chiles en adobo
  • 4 tbsp. roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1 12 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • 14 tsp. dried oregano
  • 10 (6") corn tortillas, stacked and cut into 1 1⁄2" squares
  • 6 oz. fresh chorizo, removed from casing and chopped into chunks
  • 14 cup sour cream, to garnish
  • 2 oz. cotija or feta cheese, crumbled, for garnish
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to broil and place rack 6" from heating element. In a medium bowl, toss tomatoes, garlic, jalapeño, and onions with 2 tbsp. vegetable oil. Transfer ingredients to a foil-lined 9" x 13" baking pan and broil, turning occasionally as tomato skins start to blister and blacken, about 10 minutes. Transfer roasted vegetables to a food processor. Add chipotle chiles, 2 tbsp. cilantro, sesame seeds, oregano, and 1⁄4 cup water to the food processor and purée until smooth, about 1 minute. Set sauce aside.
  2. Pour vegetable oil into a deep 12" cast-iron skillet until it reaches a depth of 1"; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°. Working in 2 batches, add tortillas and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer tortilla chips to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Lightly season them with salt. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Set aside.
  3. Heat a deep 12" nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring frequently and breaking meat up into small pieces with a wooden spoon until browned and cooked through, 8–10 minutes. Add tomato-chipotle sauce to skillet, stir to combine, and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, add tortilla chips, and stir to combine. Let ingredients simmer until the tortilla chips just soften, about 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer chilaquiles to a platter and garnish with remaining cilantro, sour cream, cheese, and radishes.