Tostadas

These tostadas made with mashed pinto beans are piled high with salsa, veggies, and cheese for a satisfying (and fun!) weeknight meal.

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With the sun working overtime during these hot summer months, I’ve got tacos on my mind (and tortillas in my fridge) 24/7. I love how balanced and fresh Mexican-inspired cuisine can be, and these tostadas are no exception! Crispy tortillas are piled high with mashed pinto beans, salsa, veggies, and cheese for a different spin on your typical taco night. Plus, I love that I can use up any leftover tortillas I have on hand so nothing goes to waste! These are super customizable based on your family’s preferences, so you can add or omit just about anything you want.

close up of a hand holding a tostada.

What Is A Tostada?

The word “tostada” translates to “toasted” in reference to the crispy toasted tortilla shell that serves as the base of the dish. It’s sort of like a flattened taco piled high with filling. It’s also a great way to use up the last of those leftover tortillas that are starting to go stale!

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these tostadas:

  • Onion: I used white onion because it was on sale, but yellow or Vidalia will also work well in this recipe.
  • Jalapeño: Adds a bit of heat to the filling.
  • Olive Oil: Helps the filling cook without burning. Neutral cooking oils like canola or vegetable also work well.
  • Pinto Beans: Create a mushy, refried bean-like texture. If you have some leftover, our favorite (Not) Refried Beans can also work well in this recipe!
  • Taco Seasoning: An easy way to add classic Mexican flavors.
  • Water: Helps make the beans easier to mash.
  • Salsa: Adds freshness to the tostadas. I love this Fire Roasted Salsa, but store-bought works just fine.
  • Tostada Shells: These small, crunchy corn tortillas are like a flat hard taco shell. A Mexican open-faced sandwich, if you will!
  • Radishes: Add a delightful, fresh crunch!
  • Slaw Mix: A cheap and easy hack to add extra veggies to this dish.
  • Sour Cream: Adds creaminess and tanginess.
  • Cilantro: Adds a pop of freshness and color.
  • Avocado: Adds a creamy texture. Guacamole also works well.
  • Queso Fresco: Can’t find queso fresco or cotija cheese? Cheddar cheese will do just fine, or omit it altogether.

What Is the Difference Between A Tostada and a Tortilla?

A tostada is a tortilla that has been baked or fried until it is crispy. You can purchase ready-made tostada shells from popular brands like Old El Paso, or you can make your own by baking 6-inch corn tortillas until toasted and crispy.

How to Eat A Tostada

Tostadas are finger foods, so use your hands, not a fork and knife! I like the two-handed method of holding the edges of the tostada and taking bites like a slice of toast. I also like to crack the tostadas into smaller pieces and eat it in smaller bites that way.

side view of tostadas on a piece of parchment paper on a blue table.
holding a tostada over a table topped with tostadas.
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Tostadas

These tostadas made with mashed pinto beans are piled high with salsa, veggies, and cheese for a satisfying (and fun!) weeknight meal.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 535kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.20
  • 1/2 white onion, diced $0.45
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced $0.24
  • 1 1-oz. packet taco seasoning $0.59
  • 2 15-oz. cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed $1.78
  • 1 cup water $0.00
  • 8 tostada shells $0.88
  • 1/2 cup salsa $0.49
  • 3 radishes, julienned $0.37
  • 1/2 14-oz. bag pre-chopped slaw mix $0.99
  • 1/4 cup sour cream $0.31
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro $0.12
  • 1 avocado, sliced $0.99
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled queso fresco $0.35

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil, onions, jalapeño, and taco seasoning mix to a skillet. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and glossy.
  • Add the drained and rinsed pinto beans to the skillet with 1 cup of water and simmer for 5-8 minutes, until the beans start to dissolve and break down and the liquid reduces to about 1/2.
  • Remove from the heat and mash the bean mixture together. Set aside.
  • Crumble queso fresco, julienne or slice radishes, mince cilantro, thinly the avocado, and gather your premixed cabbage and salsa of choice.
  • Spread out tostada shells on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven at 350°F for 5 minutes. This makes the tostadas extra crunchy!
  • Assemble tostadas: The tostada shell will be on the bottom, topped with mashed pinto beans.
  • Then, add all other toppings; divide the pre-chopped slaw mix, salsa, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, avocado, and crumbled queso fresco between all tostadas. Enjoy!

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Notes

This recipe is easily made vegan by leaving off the sour cream and cheese. There are amazing vegan substitutes available for both of those ingredients nowadays, too!

Nutrition

Serving: 2tostadas | Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 1649mg | Fiber: 19g

how to make Tostadas – step by step photos

onion, jalapeno, and taco seasoning in a frying pan.

Add the 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 diced white onion, 1 seeded and diced jalapeño, and 1 oz. packet of taco seasoning mix to a skillet. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and glossy.

step 2: add beans and water

Add the 2 cans of drained and rinsed pinto beans to the skillet with 1 cup of water and simmer for 5-8 minutes, until the beans start to dissolve and break down and the liquid reduces by about 1/2.

step 4: mash the beans

Remove from the heat and mash the bean mixture together.

step 6: chopped veggies on cutting board

Crumble 2 Tbsp queso fresco, julienne or slice 3 radishes, mince 2 Tbsp cilantro, thinly slice the avocado, and gather your premixed cabbage and salsa of choice.

step 6 lay out tostadas and toast

Spread out 8 tostada shells on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven at 350°F for 5 minutes. This makes the tostadas extra crunchy!

step 7: add beans to tostatdas

Assemble tostadas: The tostada shell will be on the bottom, topped with mashed pinto beans.

8 add all the toppings 1 by 1 to tostadas

Then, add all other toppings; divide the 1/2 bag of pre-chopped slaw mix, 1/2 cup salsa, 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, 1 sliced avocado, and 2 Tbsp crumbled queso fresco between all tostadas. Enjoy!

overhead view of tostadas on a piece of parchment paper on a blue table.

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Black Beans with Eggs

Eggs poached in seasoned black beans served over a bed of rice with fresh onion and cilantro makes a fast, filling, and budget-friendly meal!

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What are two of my favorite budget-friendly ingredients? Beans and eggs! And they come together perfectly to create a really simple and filling meal that’s great for breakfast, brunch, or just any time of the day (eggs all day every day, please!). And you really can’t beat the cost of this dish. Even with a few fancier toppings, my price per serving came in just over a dollar. 🙌

Overhead view of a bowl full of rice, black beans and eggs garnished with onion and cilantro.

I love turning an inexpensive can of beans into a delicious meal, so the other day I was thinking, “Hey, I wonder if you could cook eggs in some saucy beans like you do shakshuka?” So I tried it out and it worked! This recipe is super simple, satisfying, and you can make it as simple or as extravagant as you’d like, depending on how you top it.

Ingredients for Black Beans with Eggs

Here’s all you’ll need to make this super budget-friendly meal:

  • Garlic and Jalapeño: Sautéed fresh garlic and jalapeño create a super flavorful base for the beans, adding depth and a little spicy kick. If you don’t like spicy, you can skip the jalapeño. And you can totally “measure with your heart” for the garlic. ;)
  • Black Beans: Beans provide the bulk for this recipe, making it super filling while staying super cheap, AND adding tons of fiber and nutrients. Win! While you could potentially use any bean for this recipe, black beans definitely fit this flavor profile the best and have the best visual appeal.
  • Eggs: I used four large eggs, but you could certainly add more if you prefer. I chose to cook the eggs so the yolks were still a bit runny, but you can cook them longer if you prefer a solid yolk. Or, you could even scramble them separately and simply top your bowl of beans and rice after the fact!
  • Toppings: The toppings are totally customizable and can make this recipe super fancy or very simple. We used a combination of onion, cilantro, avocado, and Cotija cheese. See our list of other topping ideas below for more inspo!
  • Rice: I served the black beans and eggs over a bed of cooked rice, but you could also scoop them into a tortilla and enjoy them like an enchilada or burrito.

How to Store Leftovers

If you plan to eat your black beans and eggs over the course of a few days, do not pre-poach the eggs in the beans. Simply cook the seasoned beans and store the beans, rice, and toppings separately. Then cook a fresh egg each day to top the beans and rice. You can cook the egg using any method: scrambled, fried, soft-boiled, or hard-boiled.

Topping Ideas

This recipe is just asking for all sorts of fun toppings. You can really dress it up with tons of flavor and color, or keep it super simple and budget-friendly by drizzling some store-bought salsa over top. Here are some ideas for toppings other than what we used below:

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Black Beans with Eggs

Eggs poached in seasoned black beans served over a bed of rice with fresh onion and cilantro make a fast, filling, and budget-friendly meal!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican, Southwest
Total Cost $4.72 recipe / $1.18 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 529kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 jalapeño $0.25
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.12
  • 2 15oz. cans black beans $1.58
  • 1 tsp cumin $0.10
  • 1/4 cup water $0.00
  • 4 large eggs $0.42

For Serving (optional)

  • 3 cups cooked rice $0.32
  • 1/4 red onion, diced $0.12
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro $0.20
  • 1 avocado, sliced $0.99
  • 1 oz. cotija, crumbled $0.46

Instructions

  • Mince the garlic and dice the jalapeño (seeds removed). Add the garlic and jalapeño to a large skillet with the olive oil and sauté over medium heat for about one minute, or just until the garlic softens a bit and becomes fragrant.
  • Add the canned beans (without draining) to the skillet along with the water and cumin. Stir to combine, then allow the beans to come up to a simmer.
  • Let the beans simmer, stirring often, for about five minutes. After the beans have softened slightly from simmering, use the back of a large spoon to smash some of the beans to thicken.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low. Crack the eggs onto the beans. Partially cover the skillet with a lid and allow the eggs to simmer in the beans for 7-10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
  • Top the skillet with your favorite ingredients (we used onion, cilantro, avocado, and cotija), and serve over a bed of warm rice. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 160mg | Fiber: 15g

How to Make Black Beans with Eggs – Step by Step Photos

Sautéed garlic and jalapeño in a skillet.

Mince two cloves of garlic (or more, if you’d like!) and one jalapeño (seeds removed). Add the garlic and jalapeño to a large skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil and sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic softens a bit and becomes very fragrant. Don’t let the garlic brown.

Black beans being poured into the skillet.

Add two undrained cans of black beans to the skillet along with ¼ cup water and 1 tsp cumin.

Simmered black beans in the skillet being smashed with the back of a spoon.

Stir everything to combine, then let the beans simmer over medium for about 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent the beans from sticking to the bottom of the skillet. After simmering for five minutes, use the back of a large spoon to smash some of the beans and thicken the sauce.

Eggs being cracked into the skillet of black beans.

Turn the heat down to medium-low and crack four large eggs onto the surface of the black beans.

Cooked eggs in the black beans.

Partially cover the skillet with a lid and allow the eggs to simmer in the beans for 7-10 minutes, or until they are cooked to your liking (less time for runny yolks, more time for solid yolks). Cook time can vary depending on how hot the beans are and how cold the eggs are, so watch them closely.

Eggs and beans topped with cilantro and onion.

Top the eggs and black beans with chopped cilantro, diced red onion, and crumbled cotija cheese, or the toppings of your choice.

Overhead view of a bowl of black beans with eggs over rice with sliced avocado on the side.

Serve over cooked rice and enjoy!

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Flan

This flan recipe is an easy-to-make creamy dessert that is budget-friendly and perfect to share with family and friends on any occasion.

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If you’re looking for an easy-to-make dessert that’s crazy delicious with an absolute knock-out wow factor—this creamy, citrusy Puerto Rican-style flan is where it’s at! You can make it up to a week ahead, and it’s ridiculously budget-friendly.  Are you ready for a new family favorite?

Overhead view of flan with one slice being lifted out.

What Is Flan? 

Puerto Rican-style flan is a chilled custard made with eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. The custard base is poured over a layer of caramelized sugar, and then baked in a water bath, ensuring even cooking and preventing the flan from cracking. Once the flan is baked, it’s cooled completely before being inverted onto a serving plate. The caramel sauce flows over the flan, creating a gorgeous, glossy presentation.

Ingredients for Flan

I love how truly simple this recipe is. You probably have everything you need right in your pantry! Here’s what you need to make my easy recipe for Puerto Rican-style flan:

  • White Sugar: Creates the caramel sauce for our flan.
  • Orange: The juice and zest of this fruit help flavor the custard.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk: Create the base of our custard. You can substitute with Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk and Evaporated Coconut milk.
  • Heavy Cream: Adds a velvety mouthfeel to the custard. You can substitute it with unsweetened coconut cream.
  • Bay Leaf: Adds an earthy note to the custard to balance the sweetness. If you don’t have a bay leaf, skip it.
  • Eggs: Thicken the custard and give it a buttery yellow hue. You need eggs to make this an authentic flan. But if you are trying to make this a plant-based dessert, mix 1/2 cup of cornstarch in 3/4 cup of water and add it to the milk mixture.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a floral note to the custard and helps balance the sweetness.

What To Serve With Flan

In Puerto Rico, flan is usually served plain, but you can top yours with Homemade Whipped Cream or shaved chocolate. Citrus zest is also lovely with this recipe, as are sliced fresh berries. If you want to lean in on the fruit angle, Strawberry Sauce or Cherry Sauce are fantastic with it as well.

How To Store Flan

Flan shouldn’t be left at room temperature for more than two hours. Store leftovers in an airtight container with a sheet of plastic or parchment directly on the surface. It will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge. To freeze flan for up to 2 months, slice leftovers and wrap well, then place in an airtight container. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

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Side view of a piece of flan being lifted from the plate.
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Flan

This flan recipe is an easy-to-make creamy dessert that is budget-friendly and perfect to share with family and friends on any occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin, Puerto Rican
Total Cost ($8.16 recipe / $1.02 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Chill Time 9 hours
Total Time 10 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 434kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar $0.18
  • 1 orange, zested into thick strips and juiced $0.78
  • 1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk $1.99
  • 1 12oz. can evaporated milk $1.50
  • 1 cup heavy cream $1.50
  • 1 bay leaf $0.10
  • 1 pinch salt $0.01
  • 4 large eggs $0.36
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract $1.74

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Find a baking sheet large enough to accommodate a 9-inch pie dish or cake round with a flat top. It must lay flat for the flan to come out of it and onto a serving dish without breaking.
  • Set a light-colored sauce pot over medium heat and add the sugar and 1/4 cup of orange juice. (If the orange didn’t release a ¼ cup of juice, make up the difference with water.) Heat the sugar and melt it until it turns light golden brown, then take the pot off the heat. The sugar will continue to brown off the heat. Do not stir the sugar, which can cause it to recrystallize and get grainy. Instead, swirl the pan.
  • Pour the hot sugar syrup into the 9-inch pie dish or cake round, coating the bottom in an even layer. Set aside.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, bay leaf, strips of orange zest, and a pinch of salt to a medium pot. Heat until steaming, then take off the heat, cover, and steep for 20 minutes.
  • When the milk mixture has finished steeping, beat 4 eggs with 1 tablespoon of vanilla in a large bowl. Pour the steeped milk mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the egg mixture and mix. Do not whip; you don't want to incorporate air into the liquid.
  • Meanwhile, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil for the water bath. Pour the milk and egg mixture into the prepared 9-inch pie dish or cake round, then place the pie dish or cake round onto the baking pan. Place the baking pan in the oven and fill halfway with boiling water to surround the pie dish or cake round, creating a water bath.
  • Lower the temperature of the oven to 350°F. Bake the flan for 60 to 70 minutes until the custard has set but still jiggles like thick lava in the middle. Let the flan cool completely. Then, place it in the fridge to set for at least 8 hours.
  • To serve the flan, run a knife around the edges of the pan. Then, top the 9-inch pie dish or cake round with the serving plate and carefully flip it over. Tap the baking dish gently to help the flan release. When you hear the flan release from the pie dish, remove the pie dish carefully and let caramel sauce flow over the flan.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 157mg | Fiber: 0.02g
Two plates with slices of flan, a fork with a piece on the end.

How to Make Flan

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Find a baking pan large enough to accommodate a 9-inch pie dish or cake round with a flat top. It must lay flat for the flan to come out of it and onto a serving dish without breaking.

Caramelized sugar and orange juice in a skillet.

Set a light-colored pot or skillet over medium heat and add ¾ cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of orange juice. (If the orange didn’t release a ¼ cup of juice, make up the difference with water.) Heat the sugar and melt it until it turns light golden brown, then take the pot off the heat. The sugar will continue to brown off the heat. Do not stir the sugar, which can cause it to recrystallize and get grainy. Instead, swirl the pan.

Caramel poured into the bottom of a cake pan.

Pour the hot sugar syrup into the 9-inch pie dish or cake round, coating the bottom in an even layer. Set aside.

Milk, bay leaf, and zest in a pot.

Add one 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk, one 12oz. can of evaporated milk, one cup heavy cream, one bay leaf, strips of zest of one orange, and one pinch of salt to a medium pot. Heat until steaming, then take off the heat, cover, and steep for 20 minutes.

Steeped milk being poured through a sieve.

When the milk mixture has finished steeping, beat 4 eggs with 1 tablespoon of vanilla in a large bowl. Pour the steeped milk mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the egg mixture and mix. Do not whip; you don’t want to incorporate air into the liquid.

Milk mixture poured into a cake pan.

Pour the milk and egg mixture into the prepared 9-inch pie dish or cake round. Place the pie dish or cake round into the baking pan.

Boiling water being poured into a baking sheet around the cake pan.

Boil 2 quarts of water. Place the baking pan in the oven and fill halfway with boiling water to create a water bath around the pie pan. Lower the temperature of the oven to 350°F.

Baked flan in the cake pan.

Bake the flan for 60 to 70 minutes until the custard has set but still jiggles like thick lava in the middle. Let the flan cool completely. Then, place it in the fridge to set for at least 8 hours.

Finished flan flipped over onto a plate.

To serve the flan, run a knife around the edges of the pan. Then, top the 9-inch pie dish or cake round with the serving plate and carefully flip it over. Tap the baking dish gently to help the flan release. When you hear the flan release from the pie dish, remove the pie dish carefully and let caramel sauce flow over the flan.

Overhead view of flan being served, one slice being lifted.

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Change up your Taco Tuesday with these spicy and smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos. They’re a great weeknight meal or weekly meal prep!

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Kick up your Taco Tuesday recipe game with these fiery and deeply flavorful Chipotle Chicken Tacos! This easy recipe is fast, filling, and perfect for meal prep. It’s also a breeze to scale up, and you can even make it a little heartier by serving it with sides of Tomato Rice and Quick Seasoned Black Beans. Plus, it’s only a little over a dollar per serving.  I’m telling you, this one is clutch!  

Close up overhead view of four chipotle chicken tacos on a tray with pineapple salsa.

What Are Chipotle Chicken Tacos? 

The base of this easy taco recipe is pulled chicken that’s been cooked in a fiery chipotle adobo sauce. A chipotle is a jalapeno pepper that’s smoked and dried. It has deep, earthy flavors and a bit of kick. When you buy chipotles in adobo, the adobo refers to the vinegary sauce the chiles are rehydrated in. 

While you can eat Chipotle Chicken Tacos as is, I pair them with Pineapple Salsa, which cuts beautifully through the fattiness of the chicken. Keep in mind that you can use this chicken for more than just tacos!  Mix pulled Chipotle Chicken into soups, rice, salads, and wraps. Use it as a topping for Nachos or Pizzas. There’s so much you can do with it.

Ingredients For Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Here’s what you’ll need to make Chipotle Chicken Tacos:

  • Chicken Thighs: Thighs are the cut of chicken we’re working with because they’re flavorful, fatty, and forgiving. Chicken breasts are more expensive, but they will still work here. I like to add a tablespoon of butter to the mix if I’m working with white meat to help keep it from drying out.
  • Garlic and Onion: Aromatics help scent and flavor our chicken. Substitute the garlic with ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and the onion with 1 tablespoon of onion powder or 3 tablespoons of onion flakes.
  • Bay Leaf: Adds depth to our braising broth, but feel free to skip it if you don’t have any.
  • Chipotles in Adobo: Add a spicy kick and deep smoky flavors to the sauce. If you want something with less kick, sub with our Enchilada Sauce recipe.
  • Corn tortillas: Are the base of our taco and hold everything together. Feel free to sub with flour tortillas or even pitas!
  • Pineapple Salsa: This tangy, fresh, and slightly sweet salsa pairs beautifully with the smoky and spicy flavors of the saucy chipotle chicken, as well as adding color and texture to the taco.

How To Serve Chipotle Chicken Tacos

This recipe is one of my favorites for a family-style taco night. I load the table with a platter of warm tortillas, a big bowl of pulled chipotle chicken and smaller plates loaded with garnishes like fresh cilantro, radish slices, Sour Cream, Guacamole, and Pineapple Salsa! You can also serve Pico De Gallo or Cowboy Caviar. Make this an even heftier meal with Tomato Rice and Quick Seasoned Black Beans.

How To Store Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Store pulled chicken in an airtight container for up to three days. You can freeze the chicken in an airtight container with a sheet of parchment or plastic directly on the surface of the chicken for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating in a microwave or a pan set over medium heat until steaming.

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Change up your Taco Tuesday with these spicy and smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos. They're a great weeknight meal or weekly meal prep!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Total Cost $8.64 recipe / $1.44 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 tacos
Calories 186kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs $4.44
  • 4 cloves garlic, divided $0.32
  • 1 yellow onion, divided $0.33
  • 1 bay leaf $0.10
  • 4 peppercorns* $0.01
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 2 oz. chipotle peppers in adobo** $0.49
  • 12 5-inch corn tortillas $0.72

Pineapple Salsa (optional)

  • 2 cups chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen) $0.75
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped $0.17
  • 1 jalapeño $0.11
  • 1 lime $0.59
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro (about ¼ cup) $0.35
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste) $0.05

Instructions

  • Add the chicken thighs, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 of the onion, bay leaf, peppercorns, and salt to a pan, then add water to cover (about 4 cups). Place the pan over medium heat. Cover it, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is at an internal temperature of 160°F and fork tender.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the broth. Reserve the broth. Shred the chicken with two forks.
  • Add oil to a saucepan on medium heat. Dice the remaining ½ onion and add it to the pan. Mince the remaining 2 cloves of garlic and add to the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the onions steam and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Once the onions and garlic are fragrant, chop the chipotles in their sauce and add them to the pan. Stir well to incorporate. Then add the pulled chicken and 1/4 cup of the reserved broth. Combine thoroughly and taste. For more heat, mix in more adobo sauce. For saucy pulled chicken, add a touch more of the broth and stir. Once the sauce has thickened to a velvety consistency, take the chicken off the heat.
  • To make the pineapple salsa, finely chop the pineapple, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Combine the chopped pineapple, onion, juice of one lime, cilantro, and salt to taste.
  • Assemble the tacos. Add 1/4 cup of pulled chicken to a corn tortilla and top with pineapple salsa. Serve these babies up and enjoy a weeknight win!

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Notes

*If you have a pepper grinder, open it to retrieve individual peppercorns, or substitute with ⅛ tsp cracked pepper.
**This is about ⅓ of a 7oz. can.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tacos | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 433mg | Fiber: 2g
A taco held in a hand, lime being squeezed over top.

How to Make Chipotle Chicken Tacos – Step by Step Photos

Chicken thighs in a pan with onion and garlic, water being poured in.

Add 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 of a yellow onion, 1 bay leaf, 4 peppercorns, and 1 teaspoon salt to a pan and add water to cover (about 4 cups). Place the pan over medium heat. Cover it, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is at an internal temperature of 160°F and fork tender.

Shredded chicken in a dish, a measuring cup with broth on the side.

Remove the chicken thighs from the broth. Reserve the broth. Shred the chicken with two forks.

Onion and garlic in a skillet.

Add oil to a saucepan on medium heat. Dice the remaining half onion and add it to the pan. Mince the remaining 2 cloves of garlic and add to the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the onions steam and the garlic is fragrant.

Chipotle peppers added to the skillet with onion and garlic.

Once the onions and garlic are fragrant, chop 2 ounces of chipotles in their sauce and add them to the pan. Stir well to incorporate.

Pulled chicken added to the skillet with the chipotles.

Then add the pulled chicken and 1/4 cup of the reserved broth to the skillet. Combine thoroughly and taste. For more heat, mix in more adobo sauce. For saucy pulled chicken, add a touch more of the broth and stir.

Finished chipotle chicken in the skillet.

Once the sauce has thickened to a velvety consistency, take the chicken off the heat.

Close up overhead view of chipotle chicken tacos with limes on the side.

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Arroz Verde (Green Rice)

Arroz Verde is a vibrant Mexican green rice dish that’s easy to make, budget-friendly, and infused with lots of earthy, herby flavors!

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Rice is one of our favorite budget-friendly side dishes, so when we saw the recipe for Arroz Verde in Karla Salinari’s new book, Abuela’s Plant-Based Kitchen: Vegan Cuisine Inspired by Latin & Caribbean Family Recipes, we knew we had to give it a try! This simple Arroz Verde (Green Rice) recipe is bright, full of earthy flavor, and the perfect way to use up any herbs or leafy greens in your fridge! So if you’re looking for a new tasty way to enjoy this weeknight staple side dish, then definitely give this green rice recipe a try!

Overhead view of a white bowl full of Arroz Verde with parley and a grey napkin on the side.

What is Arroz Verde?

Arroz Verde is a popular Mexican and Latin American green rice dish that’s known for its vibrant green color and herby flavors. It’s often made by cooking rice in a blended herb and leafy greens puree until it’s fluffy and infused with lots of earthy flavor.

INGREDIENTS FOR ARROZ VERDE

This green rice recipe includes lots of vegetables and packs a ton of flavor! Here’s what you need to make this simple rice dish:

  • Basmati Rice – Basmati rice, which is fragrant and fluffy, is the base for this recipe. We used jasmine rice, which is also fragrant because that is what we had on hand, but feel free to use any long-grain white rice that fits your budget.
  • Green Leafy Vegetables – Lots of earthy green leafy vegetables and herbs are used in this arroz verde recipe including Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, and cilantro. It makes the rice bright and super flavorful! If you can’t find Swiss chard, simply substitute it with more spinach.
  • Olive oil and Garlic – Both of these are added with the leafy vegetables to create a green powerhouse blended mixture. The pureed mixture is then sautéed to release some of its fragrance before being cooked with the rice.
  • Green Peas and Scallions – Cooked green peas and sliced scallions give the dish more color, texture, and flavor, making this an anything-but-boring side dish.

What to serve with Arroz Verde?

Arroz Verde would pair nicely with Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken, Garlic Butter Baked Cod, Pan Seared Chicken Breasts, or even with a side of Seasoned Black Beans! Other Mexican-inspired dishes like Cheese Enchiladas or Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas would also go great with this rice dish!

Side front view of a bowl full of Arroz Verde.
Overhead view of a white bowl full of Arroz Verde with parley and a grey napkin on the side.
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Arroz Verde (Green Rice)

Arroz Verde is a vibrant Mexican green rice dish that’s easy to make, budget-friendly, and infused with lots of earthy, herby flavors!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Latin
Total Cost $5.49 recipe / $0.92 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 about 1 cup each
Calories 404kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Swiss chard, stems removed* $1.50
  • 1 cup fresh spinach $0.28
  • 1 cup parsley $0.39
  • 1/2 cup cilantro $0.29
  • 1/2 cup olive oil $1.28
  • 3 cloves garlic $0.24
  • 2 cups long grain white rice, washed & rinsed $0.84
  • 2 cups boiling water $0
  • Salt to taste $0.01

For Serving

  • 1/2 cup cooked green peas $0.31
  • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced $0.35

Instructions

  • Add the Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, cilantro, olive oil, and roughly chopped garlic to a food processor. Process on high until mixture reaches a paste-like consistency.
  • Place a medium size pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, transfer the green vegetable mixture to the pot and sauté until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the rice to the pot and mix to combine coating the rice with the green mixture.
  • Add boiling water and salt to taste to the pot and let the mixture come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a tight lid. Cook for 20 min or until the rice is tender.
  • Once done remove the pot from the heat and using a fork fluff the rice. Add the cooked green peas and scallions and combine. Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

*If you can not find Swiss chard, you can substitute with more spinach.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 38mg | Fiber: 2g
Overhead view of a bowl of Arroz Verde with a black fork lifting some out. Parsley and cooked peas garnished on the side.

How to Make Arroz Verde – Step by Step Photos

Swiss chard, Spinach, parsley, cilantro, and garlic added to a food processor with olive oil being poured in.

Add 1 cup of chopped Swiss chard, 1 cup fresh spinach, 1 cup parsley, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup olive oil, and 3 garlic cloves (roughly chopped) to a food processor.

Green vegetable ingredients blended in food processor.

Process on high until mixture reaches a paste-like consistency.

Green vegetable mixture added to a large pot

Place a medium size pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, transfer the green vegetable mixture to the pot and sauté until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.

White rice added to green vegetable mixture in the pot

Add 2 cups long-grain white rice (washed & rinsed) to the pot and mix to combine, coating the rice with the green mixture.

Boiling water being added to rice and green vegetable mixture inside the pot

Add 2 cups of boiling water and salt to taste to the pot, then let the mixture come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a tight lid. Cook for 20 min or until the rice is tender.

Cooked green rice with cooked peas and sliced green onions added in.

Once done remove the pot from the heat and using a fork fluff the rice. Add 1/2 cup cooked green peas and 1/4 cup sliced scallions and combine.

Finished Arroz Verde dish with finely chopped cilantro on top.

Serve and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro if desired. Simple and delicious! Enjoy!

Close up side view of Arroz Verde in a serving bowl.

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Tostones (Fried Green Plantain)

Tostones are the crispy, salty snack of your dreams! These slices of twice-fried green plantain are perfect for dipping and so easy to make.

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Tostones, or fried green plantains, are the tasty, crispy, salty snack of your dreams! Though they might look intimidating, they’re easy to make. PS They’re more delicious than french fries! (In my humble Puerto Rican opinion, which is OBVIOUSLY super biased.) Made from thick slices of twice-fried green plantain, this delicious Latin American side dish is a great snack and a total must-have side dish whenever you’re serving island food.

Overhead shot of fried tostones in a black bowl with mayo-ketchup sauce in the middle of the bowl.

What Are Tostones?

Tostones are delicious, crispy, thick slices of fried green plantain, usually served as a snack or side dish with a dipping sauce. The name “tostones” comes from the Spanish word “tostar,” which means “to toast.” This is because the plantains are “toasted” twice (i.e., fried twice) during cooking. Think of them as Puerto Rican french fries. Though, of course, they’re popular in most Latin cuisines, not just my little island. They can be served as a snack or a side dish and are lovely with a dipping sauce.

Ingredients For Tostones

The first time you make tostones, you might be slightly intimidated by the process. But don’t worry; as you’ll see, it’s actually quite simple. Here’s what you’ll need to make the best tostones:

  • Green Plantains: are the star of the show. Look for plantains that are firm to the touch and have unblemished dark pea-green skin with no yellowing. If the plantains are ripe, they’ll be too soft and won’t hold their shape when you fry them. Be warned- green plantains have sap that will stain anything it touches. If you don’t want dark stains on your hands, wear gloves. It’s also a good idea to wear an apron.
  • Cooking Oil: any type will do, but you’ll need plenty of it. Tostones are best deep fried, which means filling your medium-sized pot with at least 4 cups of oil. To cut costs, reach for a smaller pot to fry in. Though you’ll have to fry in smaller batches, you’ll need less oil.
  • Vinegar: like potatoes, plantains oxidize and turn gray when they are exposed to air. Vinegar helps to stop the plantains from browning, but anything acidic will do. Lime juice is an excellent (though more expensive) substitution.
  • Garlic Powder: is used in the water bath for the tostones to add flavor. If you don’t have garlic powder, garlic salt is a great substitution. You can also smash a few cloves of fresh garlic and let them work their magic.
Side shot of fried tostones in a black bowl with mayo-ketchup sauce in the middle of the bowl.

What Can I Serve With Tostones?

Serve tostones with your favorite dipping sauce. Traditionally, they are served with Puerto Rican Mayo Ketchup sauce, a blend that can be as simple as 1 part ketchup to 2 parts mayo. But I also love them with Guacamole, Lime Crema, and even Comeback Sauce.

While fantastic on their own, Tostones are incredible when served as a side dish with Puerto Rican Rice and Beans, Arroz Con Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice), Pollo Guisado (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew), Chuletas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Pork Chops), Pinchos de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers) or Arroz Con Salchichas, (Puerto Rican Rice With Sausage).

Making Tostones Ahead Of Time

Tostones are best served still piping hot from the frying pan, so they don’t store well after their final fry. However, they prep beautifully. To prep tostones, fry them once and mash them. Then cool them and store them in an airtight container layered with parchment paper. Tostones will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Finally, thaw them, give them a quick dunk in salt water, and fry them again.

What Do I Do With Leftover Oil?

Cool the oil to room temperature and then strain it into a resealable air-tight container. You can store it for another day of fabulous Tostones making or use it for other recipes that require cooking oil. Try making our Coconut Chicken Strips With Sweet Chili Sauce, Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Potato Corn Cakes, or Chilaquiles.

Side shot of a hand dipping a toston in mayo-ketchup sauce.
Overhead shot of fried tostones in a black bowl with mayo-ketchup sauce in the middle of the bowl.
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Tostones

Tostones are the crispy, salty snack of your dreams! These slices of twice-fried green plantain are perfect for dipping and so easy to make.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Total Cost $4.42 recipe / $1.06 servving)
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Soaking Time 1 minute
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 2118kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooking oil $2.79
  • 2 green plantain $1.38
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.03
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01

Instructions

  • Fill a medium heavy-bottomed pot with cooking oil and place it over medium heat. Trim off both ends of the green plantain, then make three lengthwise cuts through the skin, each about two inches apart. Peel the skin off the plantains.
  • Slice the plantains into 1 1/2-inch thick rounds.
  • When the oil is at 350°F, add the sliced plantains, working in batches to not crowd the pot. When the plantain slices change in color from bone white to a golden yellow (about 3 to 4 minutes) remove them from the pot and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add about 4 inches of water to a bowl large enough to hold the plantains. Add the garlic powder and the vinegar to the water and mix. Soak the fried plantains for 1 minute and dry them on the paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add two sheets of parchment to your work surface and ready a heavy skillet. Place one slice of fried plantain on one sheet of parchment, then top it with the second piece of parchment. Use the heavy skillet to smash the plantain flat, about 1/4 inch thick. Set aside and repeat with the remaining slices.
  • Turn the heat up on the oil. When the oil has reached 375°F, fry the plantains again, working in batches so the pot isn't crowded. Fry the tostones until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes. Drain on the paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt immediately. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 2118kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 224g | Sodium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g

How to Make X – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of green plantain being peeled on a wood cutting board.

Fill a medium heavy-bottomed pot with 4 cups of oil and place it over medium heat. Trim off the ends of 2 green plantains, then make three lengthwise cuts through the skin, each about two inches apart. Make them deep enough to cut through the 1/4 inch thick skin, but not so deep you cut the flesh. The skin doesn’t peel down like a banana. Instead, peel from the side, pushing the skin away from the flesh, using a spoon or butter knife to help start the process.

Overhead shot of slices of green plantain on a wood cutting board.

Discard the skin and slice the plantains into 1 1/2-inch thick rounds.

Overhead shot of slices of green plantain that have been fried once.

When the oil is at 350°F, add the sliced plantains, working in batches to not crowd the pot. If you do not own a fry thermometer, the oil is ready when a small piece of plantain sizzles softly when it hits the oil. Turn the plantain slices occasionally to ensure they fry evenly. When the plantain slices change in color from bone white to a golden yellow (about 3 to 4 minutes) remove them from the pot and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate.

Overhead shot of slices of fried green plantain soaking in a salt water bath.

Add about 4 inches of water to a bowl large enough to hold the plantains. Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon vinegar to the water and mix. Soak the fried plantains for 1 minute and dry them on the paper towel-lined plate. (For my traditionalists, you can also dip the plantains for 10 to 15 seconds after they have been smashed, but I find the tostones can get water-logged doing it that way, causing the oil to bubble furiously and the tostones to break apart during the second fry. You do you!)

Overhead shot of smashed green plantain on white parchment paper.

Add two sheets of parchment to your work surface and ready a heavy skillet. Place one slice of fried plantain on one sheet of parchment and top it with the second piece of parchment. Use the heavy skillet to smash the plantain flat, about 1/4 inch thick. Set aside and repeat with the remaining slices.

Overhead shot of fried tostones on paper towel-lined plate.

Turn up the heat on the oil. When the oil has reached 375°F, carefully place the tostones in the frying oil, working in batches so the pot isn’t crowded. If you don’t own a thermometer, the oil is ready when a small piece of plantain bubbles furiously when it hits the oil. Fry the tostones until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes. Drain on the paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt immediately. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, and enjoy!

Side shot of hand dipping a fried toston in mayo-ketchup sauce.

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Pinchos De Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers)

Smoky, mouth-watering Pinchos De Pollo, AKA Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers, are a beloved island street food that’s easy to make at home!

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If you’re looking for an easy, budget-friendly treat everyone at the BBQ will love (especially your Boricua friends), you have to make smoky, mouth-watering Pinchos De Pollo, AKA Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers! This beloved island street food is easy to recreate at home, even if you don’t have a grill!

Overhead shot of Pinchos de Pollo on a black grill plate.

What Are Pinchos?

Pinchos is Spanish for “spikes” and refers to Puerto Rican meat skewers, one of the island’s most famous street foods. They are a late-night favorite of folks who’ve spent a little too much time at the bar and need to eat their way back to reality. Boricuas make Pinchos with many different types of meat (and sometimes veggies), but the most popular choices are chicken and pork. The meat is chopped, marinated, skewered, grilled over charcoal, and topped with a piece of bread or Tostones, AKA fried green plantain.

Ingredients For Pinchos De Pollo

Grilling Pinchos De Pollo over charcoal is traditional. However, I’m an avid indoors person and don’t like being exposed to the elements, so I made these on a grill plate. You should def open all of the windows or plan on explaining to the fire department that you’re grilling inside. (This happened to me a few days ago when I couldn’t get my smoke alarm to turn off and my security system automatically summoned my local firefighters… during a live virtual cooking demo. Not mortifying at all.) Here’s what you’ll need to make Pinchos De Pollo:

  • Chicken Thighs– have enough fat in them to withstand heavy grilling without drying out. You can, of course, substitute chicken thighs with whatever meat your heart desires. Bits of chopped marinated pork and beef are popular choices, as are shrimp. If you’re a veg head, try this recipe with whole baby bella mushrooms. Cooking times are different for different cuts of meat and veggies, so if you choose to change up the star of the show, use a thermometer to help you know when things are cooked through.
  • Adobo and Sazón– these Puerto Rican spice blends are heavy-duty flavor bombs and work quickly to infuse your chicken with earthy, tangy, notes. If you don’t have Adobo or Sazón, I’ve included recipes for you in the recipe card below.
  • BBQ Sauce– glazes the chicken, adds deep flavor, and helps create char marks. Use your favorite brand, though I’d steer clear of anything too sweet, as it will change the flavor profile and accelerate the charring. You can always make our easy recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce, which is perfect for Pinchos De Pollo.
Over head shot of hand lifting Pinchos De Side shot of hand lifting Pinchos de Pollo on a black grill plate.

What Can You Serve With Pinchos De Pollo?

These Pinchos de Pollo pair beautifully with Arroz Con Habichuelas (Puerto Rican Rice And Beans) and Tostones (Fried Green Plantain). You can also serve them with Ensalada De Aguacate (Avocado Salad) and Yuca En Escabeche (Pickled Yuca Root).

How To Store Pinchos

When it comes to chicken left at room temperature, you should eat it or store it within 2 hours before harmful bacteria start to form. That time frame reduces to 1 hour if temperatures are above 90°F. Store leftover Pinchos De Pollo in an air-tight container with as much air removed as possible. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in a 350°F oven or a microwave until steaming.

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Overhead shot of Pinchos De Pollo on a black grill plate.
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Pinchos De Pollo

Smoky, mouth-watering Pinchos De Pollo, AKA Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers, are a beloved island street food that's easy to make at home! Get ready for a little piece of heaven!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Latin, Puerto Rican
Total Cost ($7.67 recipe / $1.28 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6 skewers
Calories 623kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs, about 5 to 6 $5.97
  • 2 tsp adobo* $0.10
  • 1 1/2 tsp sazón** $0.19
  • 2 tsp salt $0.16
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil, plus a touch more for greasing $0.09
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce $1.16

Instructions

  • Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Then chop the chicken into bite-size pieces (about 5 to 6 pieces per thigh).
  • Add the adobo, sazón, and salt to a large bowl and mix.
  • Add the chopped chicken thighs to the bowl along with the cooking oil and mix until the chicken is thoroughly covered. Cover with plastic wrap or parchment directly on the surface of the chicken and marinate for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.
  • Half an hour before you pull the chicken, soak at least 6 wood skewers in water so they don't burn. It's best to soak a few extra skewers just in case one of them breaks.
  • When you're ready to cook, preheat a grill pan on high. Then thread a thigh's worth of chicken pieces on each skewer, about 5 or 6 chunks. You want the chicken chunks close but not pressed tightly against each other. Brush both sides of each skewer with BBQ sauce, about 1/2 cup total.
  • When the grill pan is smoking hot, brush it with a touch of cooking oil. Then, place the skewers on the grill pan, making sure not to crowd the pan or place the skewers too close to each other.
  • After 5 minutes, brush 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce on the top surface of the chicken. Next, flip the chicken, and brush another 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce on the top layer. Cook for 5 more minutes, until char develops and the internal temperature of the chicken registers at 160°F. Now all you have left to do is eat! Buen provecho!

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Notes

*If you cannot source adobo, mix your own and then use the amount called for in the recipe. Store the rest in an airtight container.
2 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
**A packet of sazón contains about 1.5 teaspoons of sazón. If you cannot source sazón, use the following:
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/3 teaspoon ground annatto
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
Sazón and adobo share a lot of similar ingredients but are used at different points in the cooking process and will develop slightly different colors and flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1skewer | Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 43g | Sodium: 1531mg | Fiber: 1g
Overhead shot of Pinchos De Pollo on a black grill plate.

How to Make Pinchos De Pollo – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of cut chicken thighs on a wood cutting board.

Pat 3 pounds of chicken thighs (about 5 to 6 thighs) dry with a paper towel. Then chop the chicken into bite-size pieces (about 5 to 6 pieces per thigh). You don’t have to line up your chicken obsessively as I did. For the record, I’m jealous of your freewheeling ways.

Overhead shot of spices to make Pinchos de Pollo in a white bowl.

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons adobo, 2 teaspoons sazón, and 2 teaspoons salt to a large bowl and mix.

Overhead shot of cut chicken marinating in a white bowl.

Add the chopped chicken thighs to the bowl along with the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and mix until the chicken is thoroughly covered. Cover with plastic wrap or parchment directly on the surface of the chicken and marinate for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.

Overhead shot of wood skewers soaking in water in a white sheet pan.

Half an hour before you pull the chicken, soak at least 6 wood skewers in water so they don’t burn. Soak a few extra skewers just in case the skewer gods decide to bless you with weak wood.

Overhead shot of Pinchos De Pollo being brushed with BBQ sauce.

When you’re ready to cook, preheat a grill pan on high. Then carefully thread a thigh’s worth of chicken pieces on each skewer, about 5 or 6 chunks. You want the chicken chunks close but not pressed tightly against each other, so leave room for Jesus. Otherwise, the chicken won’t cook evenly. Brush both sides of each skewer with BBQ sauce, about 1/2 cup total.

Overhead shot of Pinchos De Pollo cooking on a black grill plate.

When the grill pan is smoking hot, and I mean LITERAL smoke is billowing from it, brush it with a touch of cooking oil. Then, place the skewers on the grill pan, making sure not to crowd the pan or place the skewers too close to each other. (Did you open those windows???)

Overhead shot of Pinchos De Pollo cooking on a black grill plate.

After 5 minutes, brush 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce on the top surface of the chicken. Next, flip the chicken and brush another 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce on the top layer. Cook for 5 more minutes, until char develops and the internal temperature of the chicken registers at 160°F. Now all you have left to do is eat! Buen provecho!

Side shot of hand lifting Pinchos de Pollo on a black grill plate with a loaf of bread in the back ground.

Will you look at that savory, succulent, meaty, mouth-watering goodness?! Sigh. I want some right now!!!! Serve the Pinchos De Pollo as is. Or go the traditional route and top the skewers with slices of bread or Tostones (AKA fried green plantains). PS If you want my easy recipe for Tostones, let me know in the comments!

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Salmorejo

Salmorejo is a cold Spanish soup that’s delicious, creamy, easy to make, and a great way to use up summer tomatoes and day-old bread!

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Salmorejo is a classic chilled Spanish soup that’s delicious, creamy, and a fabulous way to use up summer tomatoes and day-old bread! I had it for the first time in Barcelona and was hooked as soon as I tasted its tangy, velvety perfection. Because it’s an absolute breeze to put together and incredibly elegant, this Salmorejo recipe is often my first choice when throwing a summer dinner party, especially when I don’t want to spend loads of money or any time in a sweltering kitchen.

Overhead shot of a white bowl of Salmorejo garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and crispy ham crumbles.

What Is Salmorejo?

Salmorejo is a traditional cold tomato soup from Spain. Traditionally, Salmorejo is garnished with a simple drizzle of olive oil but it can also be garnished with chopped hard-boiled eggs and ham. If you want to keep things plant-based, it’s also wonderful when garnished with diced strawberries, watermelon, and fresh summer basil. You can also garnish with chopped fresh zucchini and summer squash with Italian parsley.

What Is The Difference Between Gazpacho and Salmorejo?

Like Gazpacho, Salmorejo is made with ripe tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil. The big difference is that the tomatoes are blended with day-old bread and then strained, giving this cold summer soup a velvety body and silky mouthfeel.

Ingredients For Salmorejo

It’s hilarious how excited I am to share this recipe with you! I love it so much I’m making 350 portions this coming week for a fancy food festival in Portland. Since the soup has just a few ingredients, you’ll want to make sure you get the best you can afford. Here’s what you’ll need to make Salmorejo:

  • Tomatoes – are the base of this cold summer soup. Any tomato will do as long as it is flavorful and ripe. To create depth, I often blend different types like grape, cherry, plum, heirloom, and beefsteak tomatoes. I don’t recommend making this recipe if you don’t like tomatoes.
  • Day-Old Crusty White Bread – adds body and texture to the soup. Use a Baguette, Ciabatta, Boule, or a Country Loaf. Don’t use sliced white or wheat bread, as the dough’s preservatives and stabilizers will make the soup gummy. If your bread is fresh, remove the crust, chop it into large cubes, put it in a sheet pan, and dry it in a 250°F oven for ten to fifteen minutes or until it hardens.
  • Olive Oil -helps flavor the soup and creates its signature velvety mouth feel. If you don’t like how your olive oil tastes by itself, don’t use it in this recipe. With so few ingredients, there won’t be any way to mask the flavor. You can get fabulous olive oil at the grocery store on a budget. Just know what to look for: cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and packaged in a dark glass container or, better yet, a metal container. California Olive Ranch, Trader Joe’s, 365, Simple Truth, and Bertolli are wonderful budget-friendly choices.
  • Vinegar – Adds a hit of acidity. Use rounder, softer vinegar like sherry, red wine, or apple cider. If your tomatoes are very tangy and acidic then skip the vinegar.
  • Garlic – Adds loads of intense flavor. If you don’t like garlic, you can skip it, though the soup will taste flat. Try blending a tablespoon of raw onion into the soup instead.
Side shot of a white bowl of Salmorejo garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and crispy ham crumbles with a black spoon coming out of it.

Tips For Making Salmorejo

  1. Use ripe tomatoes. The riper the tomatoes, the sweeter and more flavorful the soup will be. Ripe tomatoes are fragrant, heavy for their size, and have firm flesh with a little give.
  2. Use day-old bread. Fresh bread will make your soup gummy, so dry it in a 250°F oven if necessary.
  3. Don’t over-blend the soup, which will make it gummy. 
  4. Experiment with different garnishes. While a simple drizzle of olive oil or hard-boiled eggs and chopped ham are traditional, try garnishing with other summer produce. Salmorejo pairs well with strawberries, watermelon, avocado, zucchini, summer squash, bell peppers, and fresh herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, and thyme. Get creative and have fun!

What To Serve With Salmorejo

Salmorejo is incredible served with light summer salads like Creamy Cucumber Salad, Summer Sweet Corn Salad, and Panzanella. You can also serve it with heartier dishes like Tortellini Salad, Pasta Primavera, or Bruschetta Pasta.

How To Store Salmorejo

Store salmorejo in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can freeze salmorejo, but it will dull the flavor a touch. While it will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer, the longer it’s frozen, the more flavor it loses. The components will separate during freezing, so blend again before serving. Do not heat the soup to thaw it. Leave it on the counter or thaw for no more than two hours or let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

Overhead shot of a white bowl of Salmorejo garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and crispy ham crumbles.
Overhead shot of a white bowl of Salmorejo garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and crispy ham crumbles.
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Salmorejo

Salmorejo is a cold Spanish soup that's delicious, creamy, easy to make, and a great way to use up summer tomatoes and day-old bread! On a hot summer day, it's pure tangy, velvety, perfection.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Spanish
Total Cost ($9.78 recipe / $1.22 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 216kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lps tomatoes $6.57
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil $0.72
  • 1 lb crusty white bread $2.00
  • 3 cloves garlic $0.24
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar $0.06
  • 1/2 cup water $0.00
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.01
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (optional garnish) $0.18

Instructions

  • Core the tomatoes by cutting them in quarters and removing the hard white center. Then chop them roughly. Roughly chop the garlic cloves. Add the vinegar to the water. Remove the crust from the bread and cut into large cubes.
  • Place the water, tomatoes, garlic, and bread in a blender. Puree until smooth. Do not over-blend, as it will create a gummy texture. If working with a smaller blender, divide the ingredients in half and blend in batches.
  • With the blender on low speed, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, then season with salt. Blend for a second or two and, if necessary, add more salt to taste. Cover and chill the soup in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve before plating. Use the back of a ladle to make quick work of it. Discard solids in the sieve.
  • Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and get ready to enjoy your new favorite summer soup!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 415mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make Salmorejo – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of Salmorejo's main ingredients: chopped fresh tomato, chopped day-old bread, and water, on a wood cutting board.

Core 3 pounds of tomatoes by cutting them in quarters and removing the hard white center. Then chop them roughly. Roughly chop 2 large garlic cloves. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1/2 cup of water. Remove the crust from the pound of crusty white bread and cut it into large cubes. If it’s fresh bread, toast the cubes in a 250°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until it hardens.

Overhead shot of Salmorejo ingredients topped with cubed bread in a blender jar.

Place the vinegar water, chopped tomatoes, chopped garlic, and cubed bread in a blender. Puree until smooth. Do not over-blend, as it will create a gummy texture. If working with a smaller blender, divide the ingredients in half and blend in batches.

Overhead shot of olive oil being drizzled into a blender jar full of pureed tomato and bread.

With the blender on low speed, slowly drizzle in the 1/4 cup of olive oil, then season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Blend for a second or two and, if necessary, add more salt to taste. Cover and chill the soup in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Overhead shot of a hand using a gray ladle to push Salmorejo through a fine mesh sieve with a black handle into a white bowl.

Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve and into a large bowl before plating. Use the back of a ladle to make quick work of it. Discard the solids in the sieve.

Side shot of a white bowl of Salmorejo garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and crispy ham crumbles with a black spoon coming out of it.

Finally, plate the Salmorejo, garnish with a drizzle of the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and get ready to enjoy your new favorite summer soup! It’s optional, but I love to also garnish my Salmorejo with a chopped, hard-boiled egg and sliced ham. You can also garnish with chopped fresh summer produce like bell peppers, zucchini, strawberries, watermelon, and fresh herbs like basil and Italian parsley.

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Arroz Con Salchichas (Puerto Rican Rice With Sausage)

This Puerto Rican Arroz Con Salchichas recipe is a budget-friendly quick weeknight meal of rice and sausage that’s filling and flavorful!

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Arroz Con Salchichas, or Puerto Rican Rice and Sausage, is one of my favorite pantry meals because it’s comforting, easy to make, and packed with flavor. As Beth would say, just put an egg on it and then eat until you hate yourself. (OK… that last part is all me.) PS It comes in under a dollar per serving and can be made in under an hour!

Overhead shot of wooden spoon in a red Dutch oven full of Arroz Con Salchichas.

A Note On Authenticity

This is not a historically authentic recipe. We strive to create recipes that are accessible to everyone, which means ingredients need to be available at a mainstream budget grocery store. We test recipes using the least amount of steps, tools, and ingredients while still honoring the spirit of the recipe. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and look forward to a time when our ingredients are available in mainstream markets. Until then, buen provecho!

What Is Arroz Con Salchichas?

Arroz con salchichas, or rice with sausage, is a classic comfort food in many Latin American cultures. In Puerto Rico, it’s a staple weeknight meal traditionally made with canned Vienna sausages cooked in a flavorful sofrito sauce and yellow rice studded with briny olives and capers. Sometimes corn is added as well.

Ingredients for Arroz Con Salchichas

My recipe for Arroz Con Salchichas is pretty traditional. I keep it budget friendly by skipping the corn and the salt pork that’s present in many of my little island’s rice dishes. But if you’d like to add them in, fry about a 1/4 cup of diced salt pork before the sofrito hits the pan, and add about 1 1/2 cups of frozen, fresh, or drained canned corn when you add the olives. Here’s what you’ll need to make my easy Arroz Con Salchichas.

  • Sofrito – this powerful Puerto Rican blend of aromatics is the flavor base of many of our savory dishes. Canned sofrito is available, but fresh will always be better. Check out my simple recipe for a basic Puerto Rican Sofrito.
  • Adobo and Sazón– these spice blends give the rice a beautiful golden color and add earthy notes to the dish. If you can’t find adobo and sazón in your neck of the woods, I’ve included basic recipes in the notes section of the recipe card.
  • Tomato Sauce– helps add acidity and color to the dish.
  • Onion, Garlic, and Cilantro – these aromatics add earthy notes to the dish. Substitute the onion with 1 tablespoon of onion powder and the garlic with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder. If you don’t have cilantro, substitute it with fresh Italian parsley or just skip it.
  • Vienna Sausages– these small open-ended canned sausages taste a little like hot dogs, though they are softer in texture. They bulk up the rice and add deep meaty flavors. Substitute them with any sausage or hot dog.
  • Rice – traditionally, in Puerto Rico, medium-grain white rice is used. But in the Budget Bytes kitchen, we use long-grain Jasmine Rice. Feel free to use whatever rice you prefer, just follow the package directions for cooking times and cooking liquid amounts.
  • Olives and Capers– this mixture is known as Alcaparrado and delivers a pop of acidic brininess to every bite! If you don’t have olives or capers, just skip them and add two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar instead.
Overhead shot of wooden spoon serving rice out of a red Dutch oven onto a white plate.

Arroz Con Salchichas Variations

One of my favorite things about Arroz con Salchichas is how easy it is to customize. You can use brown rice or wild rice. Just follow the package directions for cook time and adjust your liquid. Add corn or other veggies you have on hand to bulk it up. Though it’s not traditional, I sometimes add peas, carrots, or diced tomatoes. If you don’t have Vienna sausages try:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Chorizo
  • Kielbasa
  • Spam
  • Chicken Sausage

What To Serve with Arroz Con Salchichas

Arroz Con Salchichas pairs beautifully with Ensalada de Aguacate (Avocado Salad), Yuca En Escabeche (Pickled Yuca), or the beans in this easy Puerto Rican Rice and Beans recipe. It’s also fantastic with Fried Eggs.

How To Store Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftover Arroz Con Salchichas in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also portion the rice and freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. Reheat in a microwave until steaming.

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Arroz Con Salchichas

This Puerto Rican Arroz Con Salchichas recipe is a budget-friendly quick weeknight meal of rice and sausage that's both filling and flavorful. Make it once and you'll put it in heavy rotation!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Latin
Total Cost $5.39 recipe / $0.90 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 about 1.5 cups each
Calories 376kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 1 Tbsp adobo* $0.30
  • 1 packet sazón** $0.19
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion $0.19
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic $0.24
  • 1/4 cup sofrito $0.36
  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce $0.06
  • 2 Tbsp pimiento stuffed Spanish olives $0.29
  • 2 tsp capers $0.21
  • 2 5oz. cans Vienna sausages $1.50
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice $0.74
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, boiling $1.12
  • 1 tsp salt $0.04
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves for garnish $0.11

Instructions

  • Add the cooking oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot set over medium-high heat. Add the adobo and sazón and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the diced yellow onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the sofrito, tomato sauce, green olives, and capers to the pot, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. In the meantime, slice the Vienna sausages into 1/2-inch-thick rounds and rinse the rice until the water runs clear, making sure to drain off all excess water after rinsing.
  • Add the sliced Vienna sausages to the pot and sauté until browned. Finally, add the rinsed rice, salt, and boiling chicken broth to the pot. Stir and bring to a hard boil, with large bubbles breaking through the surface of the rice. Stir once more, turn the heat to low, and cover the pot.
  • Simmer the rice over low until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Take the pot off the heat, but leave it covered. Let it rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover, stir the rice, taste, and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Stir in cilantro leaves then serve yourself a big bowl full and prepare to chow!

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Notes

*If you cannot source adobo, mix your own and then use the amount called for in the recipe. Store the rest in an airtight container.
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
**A packet of sazón contains about 1.5 teaspoons of sazón. If you cannot source sazón, use the following:
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground annatto
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
  •  
 Sazón and adobo share a lot of similar ingredients but are used at different points in the cooking process and will develop slightly different colors and flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 1328mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make Arroz Con Salchichas – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of a hand adding onion to a red Dutch oven while a second hand stirs with a wooden spoon.

Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot set over medium-high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon adobo and 1 packet of sazón and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Then, add the 1/4 cup of diced yellow onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Next, add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Overhead shot of sofrito, tomato sauce, olives and capers in a red Dutch oven.

Add the 1/4 cup of sofrito, 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons of green olives, and 2 teaspoons of capers, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. If you are planning to add corn or other veggies, put them in the pot now as well.

Overhead shot of salchichas added to sofrito, tomato sauce, olives and capers in a red Dutch ov

Add two 5-ounce cans of drained and sliced Vienna sausages and saute until browned. Finally, add 2 cups of rice, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 1/2 cups of boiling chicken broth. Stir and bring to a hard boil, with large bubbles breaking through the surface of the rice. Stir once more, turn the heat to low, and cover the pot.

Overhead shot of Arroz Con Salchichas in a red Dutch Oven.

Simmer the rice over low heat until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Take the pot off the heat, but leave it covered. Let it rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover, stir the rice, taste, and adjust the seasoning to your liking, if needed. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves.

Overhead shot of Arroz Con Salchichas on a plate in the background with a fork holding some in the foreground.

Then serve yourself a big bowl full! You can garnish, like I did, with freshly sliced avocado. I also prepare for a happy belly, by undoing the top button of my jeans, but you do you. As we say in Puerto Rico, “Buen provecho!”

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Chilaquiles

These budget-friendly Chilaquiles are made with crispy, homemade tortilla chips soaked in a flavorful red enchilada sauce and served with loads of toppings.

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Chilaquiles are a hearty, delicious, and easy-to-make Mexican breakfast dish that’ll knock your socks off! These budget-friendly bad boys are made with crispy tortilla chips soaked in a flavorful red enchilada sauce and served with loads of toppings. While cheese, cilantro, avocado, sour cream, and eggs are traditional toppings for a Chilaquiles recipe, you can also clean out your fridge and use leftover veggies or meats. Budget win! This recipe is adapted from my friend Yvette Marquez Shapnack’s new cookbook, Muy Bueno Fiestas.

Overhead shot of chilaquiles served on a white plate.

What Are Chilaquiles?

The word “chilaquiles” comes from the Nahuatl word “chīlliaquilitl,” which means “chili-soaked.” The freshly fried tortilla chips that this recipe calls for are lightly soaked in a chili sauce. Traditionally the fried tortillas are cooked in this salsa which softens the chips, but Yvette prefers her chips crunchier, so she drizzles the sauce on them instead. You can top chilaquiles with whatever your heart desires! When I was testing the recipe, I had a little bit of rotisserie chicken left (the back part that no one ever seems to want to eat), and I pulled it and topped my Chilaquiles with it. Delicious!

What You Need To Make Chilaquiles

The best thing about Chilaquiles is that you can top them with whatever you want and adjust the toppings to create a lighter or heartier dish. Yvette’s recipe keeps things pretty traditional. To make these Chilaquiles, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Tortilla chips – You’ll need thick tortilla chips that can withstand getting soaked in a sauce without getting soggy. This usually means frying your own, which is super easy and budget-friendly. But if you can find really thick, restaurant-style tortilla chips, you can use those to speed up the preparation process.
  • Cooking oil- You’ll use this to fry the tortilla chips in, and any neutral-flavored oil will do. Use corn oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil.
  • Enchilada sauce – You can find this premade smoky red chile sauce in the Latin section of most grocery stores. Yvette also has a great recipe, which I’ve included in the notes section of the recipe card below.
  • Your choice of toppings– For this recipe, we topped our chilaquiles with sliced green onions, fresh cilantro leaves, diced avocado, shredded Oaxaca cheese, and crumbled queso fresco. If you can’t source Oaxaca cheese, use a pre-shredded Mexican cheese blend. We also use Mexican crema, which can be replaced with sour cream. We skipped the eggs in this recipe to keep it budget-friendly, but if you’d like to make it a heartier breakfast, top it with fried eggs.
Side shot of chilaquiles served on a white plate.

Tips For Making Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are delicious and versatile, but there are a few tricks to getting them just right.

  1. Make sure the oil you are frying the tortillas in is hot enough so they don’t end up soggy. Add a small piece of tortilla to the hot oil. If you’re at the right temperature, it will bubble and sizzle then turn golden in about 40 to 50 seconds.
  2. Drain freshly fried tortilla chips on a large paper towel-lined plate or sheet pan. The paper towels will soak up excess oil, which helps keep the tortilla chips crispy. Salt the chips while they are still hot.
  3. Prep toppings before you add sauce to the tortilla chips, so they don’t get soggy while you cut herbs and veggies.
  4. If serving a larger group, make the tortilla chips in advance. If you’re making the sauce from scratch, make that in advance as well. Instead of topping the Chilaquiles with cheeses and veggies etc., serve toppings in small bowls so guests can create their perfect combinations. It’ll save you loads of time.

What To Serve With Chilaquiles

While chilaquiles can be a stand-alone breakfast dish, you can make them part of a bigger meal by adding side dishes. Serve Chilaquiles with our Cheesy Pinto Beans, Guacamole, Cowboy Caviar, or Tomato Rice. And don’t forget, they’re amazing with Fried Eggs!

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Overhead shot of chilaquiles served on a white plate.
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Chilaquiles

These budget-friendly bad boys are made with crispy, homemade tortilla chips soaked in a flavorful red enchilada sauce and served with loads of toppings.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Latin
Total Cost $5.75 recipe/ $2.89 serving)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 546kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cooking oil $0.16
  • 8 white or yellow corn tortillas (8-inch) $0.07
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 10oz. can red enchilada sauce* $2.49
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco $0.50
  • 1/2 cup shredded Oaxaca cheese $0.80
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves $0.11
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions $0.35
  • 1 avocado, diced $0.99
  • 2 Tbsp Mexican crema $0.25

Instructions

  • Line a sheet pan or large plate with paper towels. Stack 8 corn tortillas and cut them into quarters.
  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, warm the cooking oil until shimmering. Add two layers of tortilla quarters at a time and fry, turning as needed, until lightly browned and slightly crunchy, about 1 minute on each side. Transfer the tortilla quarters to the paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining tortilla quarters.
  • Warm the red enchilada sauce* in a large saucepan.
  • Divide tortilla chips between two large plates. Divide the warm sauce equally, drizzling it over the tortilla chips on each plate.
  • Sprinkle each plate equally with the shredded Oaxaca cheese, crumbled queso fresco, fresh cilantro leaves, sliced green onions, diced avocado, and Mexican crema. Enjoy the ridiculously yummy contrasting flavors, textures, and temperatures immediately!

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Notes

*Yvette Marquez-Shapnack’s recipe for Red Chile Sauce
 
Ingredients
1⁄4 lb dried California or New Mexico red chiles
3 cups water
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
11⁄2 teaspoons salt
Olive oil, for cooking
Directions
Remove the stems, seeds, and veins from the chiles, then put them into a colander and rinse well under cool running water.
In a saucepan over high heat, combine the chiles with water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Using tongs, turn the chiles over so they will soften evenly, re-cover, and continue to simmer until softened, about 10 minutes longer. Drain well, discard the water, and let cool for several minutes before blending.
In a blender, combine the cooled chiles, water, flour, garlic, and salt and purée until smooth. Pass the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl to remove the skins and seeds. Discard the solids in the sieve. Use immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 51g | Sodium: 1005mg | Fiber: 1g
Side shot of chilaquiles served on a white plate.

How to Make Chilaquiles – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of quartered tortillas on a white cutting booard.

Line a sheet pan or large plate with paper towels. Stack 8 corn tortillas and cut them into quarters.

Overhead shot of tortilla slices being fried in a silver pan.

In a large deep skillet set over medium heat, warm 1/4 cup cooking oil until shimmering. Add two layers of tortilla quarters at a time (8 quarters) and fry, turning as needed, until lightly browned and slightly crunchy, about 1 minute on each side. Transfer the tortilla quarters to the paper towel-lined plate to drain. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Repeat with the remaining tortilla quarters.

Overhead shot of red sauce "salsa roja" in a silver sauce pan.

Warm the 10 ounces of enchilada sauce in a large saucepan. If you’d like to make your own enchilada sauce, you will find Yvette’s recipe in the notes section of the recipe card.

Overhead shot of fried tortillas served on a white plate with red sauce being drizzled on top.

Divide tortilla chips between two large plates. Divide the warm enchilada sauce equally, drizzling it over the tortilla chips on each plate.

Overhead shot of chilaquiles served on a white plate with sour cream being drizzled on top.

Next, divide the 1/2 cup shredded Oaxaca cheese, 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, 1/3 cup green onions, 1 diced avocado, and 2 tablespoons of Mexican crema. between two plates.

Side shot of a hand picking up a chilaquile served on a white plate.

That’s it! I told you it was easy. Enjoy the ridiculously yummy contrasting flavors, textures, and temperatures immediately. Woot! And another one. (Said in my best DJ Khaled.)

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