Simple Chipotle Chilaquiles

If you've never heard of chilaquiles, it's time to change that. Most people would fry up yesterday's tortillas and simmer them in a simple roasted tomato sauce. When they're that not-too-crispy, not-too-mushy texture that I absolutely love, they get spooned onto a plate, drizzled with crema and sprinkled with cheese.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

5 plum tomatoes, may substitute fire-roasted whole canned tomatoes

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 small white onion

3 cloves garlic

3 canned chipotle chiles en adobo

1/2 cup epazote leaves, may substitute cilantro leaves

Kosher salt

4 cups chicken broth or water, plus a little extra as needed; may substitute vegetable broth

8 ounces thick, homestyle tortilla chips

1/3 cup crème fraîche, may substitute crema or sour cream

1/4 cup Mexican queso anejo cheese, crumbled, may substitute Romano

Directions

  1. Heat the broiler. Spread the tomatoes onto a baking sheet and broil until they are darkly roasted, about 6 minutes a side.
  2. (Note: Chef Bayless uses half a large onion, but this recipe has substituted 1 small onion instead.) Cut the onion in half, then cut both halves into ¼-inch slices; reserve half of the slices for garnish. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or a deep, large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onion and cook, stirring regularly, until golden, about 7 minutes. Peel and mince the garlic cloves; add to golden onions and stir until soft, 1 more minute.
  3. Remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven and transfer to a blender. Add the chipotles and blend to a coarse purée. Pour the mixture into the pan with the sautéed onions and garlic; cook over medium-high heat until the sauce has thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the epazote or cilantro and the broth. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a rolling boil; taste and add more salt if necessary. Add the chips and make sure they are coated with the sauce; then cover the pan and turn off the heat. Allow to rest until the chips have soaked up the sauce, 5 minutes.
  5. Gently stir the chilaquiles before spooning them into a serving dish. Top with the remaining half of the onion slices and garnish with the crema, queso anejo, and additional epazote or cilantro.