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Chilaquilas Guatemalan Recipe

Chilaquilas are another of the typical dishes of Guatemala and Antigua Guatemala, in fact, it is one of the favorite recipes in Guatemala. They are corn tortillas folded, stuffed with cheese or sometimes chicken.

Chilaquilas have their history since the times of the Spanish colony in Guatemala. There are several types of Chilaquilas, which are not only prepared with Güisquil (commonly called "chayotes or chayotas"), others with ichíntal (a root very much used in Guatemalan cuisine), and the best known are prepared with corn tortillas. 

It is a very versatile dish, it can be an accompaniment for breakfast, with starry eggs and tomato sauce; or for dinner, with black beans and bananas. It can also be an appetizer, or a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. It is basically a healthy and nutritious food.

Note that the Guatemalan name for this dish is Chilaquilas ... however, in other countries in Latin America it is known as Chilaquiles.

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 8 tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion cut in half
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the Corn Tortillas Chilaquilas

  • 3 tomatoes
  • Cebollin (a bunch of small onion, green onion or scallion)
  • 600 grams of fresh cheese
  • Parsley, finely chopped
  • Loroco, finely chopped
  • Thyme to taste
  • 6 eggs (separated the egg whites)
  • 20 corn tortillas
  • say and pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil


  1. First we will prepare the sauce. Add the tomatoes, chili peppers, onions and cloves of garlic to a blender machine and blend until there is a sauce of uniform texture.
  2. Place the sauce mixture in a pot and simmer to cook. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once finished, leave aside.
  3. Now, let's prepare the Chilaquilas. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes and chop the scallion. Grind the cheese with a fork, and combine it with the tomato, loroco, thyme and scallion.
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  4. Slightly warm the corn tortillas so they can be folded. It is a good idea to do this procedure in groups of 5 tortillas at a time during the process. It is recommended that the tortillas be fresh of the day.
  5. Now that we have the tortillas ready, add a spoonful of the fresh cheese mixture in the middle of the tortilla and then fold the tortilla in half. Repeat this step with the other 4 tortillas.
  6. Beat the egg whites until they are frothy, while continuing to beat, add the egg yolks one by one. Continue beating until they are well integrated. The final result must be a foamy mixture.
  7. Pre-heat the vegetable oil in a pan large enough to place the tortillas.
  8. Cover the corn tortillas with the beaten egg mixture, make sure they are well covered, then place them on the pan and fry until golden brown on both sides.
    chilaquilas guatemala
  9. Repeat this process with all the tortillas until you finish with all of them.

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When you have finished, serve them with enough sauce on top and enjoy their juicy and exquisite flavor.


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