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Mexican Chilaquiles with Paleo Tortillas

Ever since I first heard of this dish, whilst watching a number of Mexican soap operas on Univision (yes, I’m actually admitting to this!), I wanted to try it. I eventually did on my first of many trips to Mexico. And it was even more delicious than I had imagined.

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The Mexican culture, albeit not the cuisine, is very similar to the Spanish one. We share a language, of course, but also a lot of customs, historical phrases and similarities that unite us more than may seem possible at first glance. And although our cuisines are not alike, we do share a lot of ingredients, as does most of the civilised world, thanks to the Spaniards who brought them back to the Old World. One of these ingredients is the “jitomate” or tomato, and it’s the base for the chilaquiles sauce.

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You can make the sauce with either red or green “jitomates”. In this case, I made it with red tomatoes and paprika and chili peppers, another ingredient originating in the Americas.

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This dish should be spicy, however, as I do not tolerate spicy foods very well, please adjust this to your liking.

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And to make this dish Paleo-friendly, I made it with Paleo Tortillas/Crepes, which are delicious, easy to make and great to  have on hand to use in Mexican dishes, as a crepe or even in the German Pancake soup, something I’ll be trying next with the extra tortillas/crepes that I have in the freezer!

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Mexican Chilaquiles with Paleo Tortillas
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: The Saffron Girl
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Serves: 4
Serves 4.
Ingredients
  • 12 red or green tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 paprika peppers, rinsed and remove the stem and seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 small guindillas, or dried chili peppers
  • filtered water, if necessary
  • olive oil
  • 2 Mexican tortillas, cut into triangular pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of chopped cilantro, plus some extra for garnishing
  • lime juice
  • White Mexican cheese or goat’s cheese
  • 1 medium, ripe avocado, diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200C (approx. 390F).
  2. Place the tomatoes (cut side down) and the paprika peppers in an oven proof dish.
  3. Roast on the upper tray for about 40 minutes, turning over the peppers, about half way through.
  4. (If your dish is not large enough, like mine is not, you’ll have to do this in two times.)
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  6. Peel the tomatoes and peppers and place the pulp into the electric blender or food processor.
  7. Add the garlic cloves, cilantro and the guindillas/chili peppers and blend until smooth.
  8. Add some filtered water if the paste is too thick. You want to achieve a smooth tomato sauce that is not liquid, however.
  9. Set aside.
  10. In a frying pan, heat about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  11. Saute the tortilla pieces, just long enough to warm up and stiffen a bit.
  12. Add the tomato sauce over top and mix well.
  13. Crack the eggs over the mixture and cook over medium heat, until the eggs are done to your liking.
  14. Serve onto plates.
  15. Garnish with chopped onion, more cilantro, Mexican white cheese (or goat’s cheese), and diced avocado and a drizzle of lime juice.
  16. Serve immediately.

Paleo Mexican Tortillas or Crepes

While I would love to claim that I created this recipe, I did not. The only thing I’ve done on my third try is add some flaxmeal, which makes it a bit more spongy and add a nutty flavour. However, both my version and the original recipe are wonderful the same day, freeze well, and are great heated up in a plain saucepan, when ready to use.

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This recipe also makes great crepes or enchiladas… so yes, thank me for bringing it to your attention, if you haven’t already found it! 😉  These tortillas are soft and pliable and are delicious with Mexican dishes with the cumin. However, if you’re using it as a dessert crepe, omit the ground cumin, unless it’s complementary to the flavours of your dessert.

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I’ve doubled the original recipe* to make more tortillas and freeze them. And although it may seem like a lot of egg whites (and yes, it is), it’s great to make these in advance and have them on hand for a delicious Mexican chilaquiles breakfast or lunch dish, for example.

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(*I apologise for not linking to the original recipe, but I wrote this down in my recipe notebook and later never wrote down the source. However, if you do an internet search, you will find a number of Paleo sites with the same or similar versions of this recipe. )

Paleo Mexican Tortillas or Crepes
Author: The Saffron Girl
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Serves: 6
Makes 6, 8-inch tortillas or crepes.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups egg whites
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons flaxmeal (can be omitted)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor or electric blender until smooth.
  2. Place a frying or sauce pan over medium heat until well heated.
  3. With a paper towel, oil the bottom of the pan.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and spoon in enough of the tortilla/crepe mixture to cover the bottom in a thin, even amount.
  5. Place the pan back over the heat and cook for about 2 minutes before turning over with a spatula.
  6. Cook on the other side for another 2 minutes.
  7. Repeat on each side if necessary. (The tortillas should be slightly browned on both sides and fully cooked, but not burned, of course.)
  8. Repeat with the rest of the dough until all is used.
  9. Makes about 6, 8-inch tortillas/crepes, which are spongy and pliable.

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