Today, y’all get a double whammy of goodness. It’s RELEASE DAY for FIGHTING FOR ELENA and there’s a pivotal scene in the book that revolves around food. Our heroine Elena Rodriguez is a true Latina when it comes to food. And she does everything from scratch. There are some tips to today’s dish for those of us who are lazy. So, today, you get Elena’s Family Chilaquiles and a new book to read!
Prep Time: Not long
Cook Time: About that long
Serves 4-6 depending on how hungry people are
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into quarters (works better with stale tortillas)
3 cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes and chiles, such as mild Ro-Tel
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4-6 large eggs
1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco, plus more for serving
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, and fry the tortillas until lightly browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels.
In a food processor, puree 1 can tomatoes and chiles. Heat oil in a 9-inch heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until just golden, about 45 seconds. Add puree and remaining 2 cans tomatoes and chiles. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly reduced, 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tortilla chips to coat, breaking some up.
Scramble eggs and place on top of tortilla/sauce mix in skillet. Sprinkle top with cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts.
Tip #1: You can use “bought” tortilla chips, but make sure they are the thick and hearty ones. Otherwise, they won’t stand up to the sauce.
Tip #2: You can fry eggs either sunnyside up or over easy and put them on top of the chips and sauce. It’s just a matter of taste.
Elena says this recipe is an old family favorite and one her mother fixes any time there’s a reason to celebrate, starting with breakfast! Of course, this dish is also hearty enough to serve for a quick dinner when you crave something spicy. When she arrives at Pops’s ranch to look after Joy, she brings the fixings for this breakfast treat. It’s walking in to find her in his kitchen that Pops…well. You’ll just have to read the book. The silver fox might have snow on top but there’s plenty of fire below, and the dedicated social worker might just discover that there’s more to life than her job! Grab FIGHTING FOR ELENA now for just $3.99 or read it for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Y’all know the drill–click the title or cover. And please! If you like the book, recommend it to your friends and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Word of mouth is a priceless gift to an author! ❤ ❤ ❤