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Chilaquiles Casserole

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Linda Hirst

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 8 hrs, 55 mins
Yield

Makes 8 servings

This Mexican classic is commonly served topped with eggs, but it's just as delicious without, as a savory crowd-pleaser that skews more toward the lunch end of brunch. Simply bake the casserole, top with cheese, and serve.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped chorizo sausage with casing removed
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (26.5-ounce) cartons Italian chopped tomatoes
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tostadas
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (about 4 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
  • 1 diced avocado
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Add onion and next 5 ingredients to skillet. Sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are slightly soft. Add drained chorizo, chipotle, salt, and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer; cook 5 minutes or until liquid thickens slightly. Remove from heat; let cool 15 minutes. Spread 1/2 cup tomato mixture into the bottom of a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Arrange 6 tostadas over tomato mixture. Top with half of remaining tomato mixture. Repeat with remaining tostadas and tomato mixture. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 425°. Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes. Remove baking dish from oven, make 8 shallow indentations in the casserole with the back of a spoon, and carefully crack in eggs. Bake 5 minutes or until egg whites are just set. Remove baking dish from oven, and preheat broiler to high. Sprinkle casserole with queso fresco; broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with avocado and cilantro, and serve with lime wedges.