Chicken Chilaquiles 3
- 4 cups fresh tomatoes or tomatillos
- 2 large cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
- 1/3 small onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 to 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
- 1 (6 or 7 ounce) bag tortilla chips
- Sour cream (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Make salsa by washing and halving tomatoes (remove husks from tomatillos).
Cut jalapeno in half and remove seeds and stem. Place tomatoes (tomatillos),
garlic, jalapeno, onion, salt and pepper in blender and blend until
smooth. Place in saucepan and cook over medium heat for 10 to 20
minutes. Add additional salt to taste, if desired. (Note: If not
using a blender, peel tomatoes and chop all ingredients well before
combining in saucepan. Start cooking on lower heat to prevent scorching;
as juice forms turn the heat up to medium and continue as above.)
If salsa is too thick, thin with a little chicken broth. Set half
the salsa aside.
- Mix half the salsa and half the cheese with the chicken.
- Toss tortilla chips with remaining salsa. Layer the salsa and chips
with the salsa and chicken mixture in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Sprinkle
with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 15 minutes to melt cheese.
- Serve with sour cream.
Serves 6 to 8.
Use approximately 1 1/2 – 2 pounds tomatoes or tomatillos
(this is equivalent to about 14-15 medium tomatillos or 4-6 large
tomatoes). The first 6 ingredients and the first step may be replaced
with 24 ounce jar commercial salsa for speed and convenience, but
the taste will be different.