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What to do with stale corn tortillas

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The stale pita thread below reminded me that I have stale corn tortillas in the fridge. I don't want to fry to make chips - what can I do with them?

Thanks

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  1. That's what chilaquiles was invented for! Chilaquiles always calls for day-old tortillas.

    I don't have a recipe on hand, but you'll easily find them online. There are a number of different ways to make chilaquiles - for breakfast, dinner, whatever.

    Good luck.

    - Adam

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    1. re: adamclyde

      Chilaquiles for certain! Red ones, green ones, made-with-scrambled-egg ones! And a couple of weeks ago I had some made with pipián, the best ones ever.

      If you search this site, I think there are some recipes posted from a few months ago.

      1. re: Cristina

        Thanks - I can't find a good Chilaquiles recipe on this bord. Can you please link to one. I am leaning towards a ground beef Chilaquile raher than a breakfast one.

        1. re: RKN

          Here's how I was taught to make chilaquiles by an old friend (and fantastic cook) from Michoacán, Mexico.
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          Leftover/stale corn tortillas, cut or torn into strips
          Diced white onion (I use a lot)
          Minced serrano chiles (ditto)
          Eggs, beaten with milk (2 1/2 eggs per person)
          Salt to taste
          Vegetable oil
          Cotija cheese, crumbled
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          Sauté chiles and onion in oil until soft. Add tortilla strips and fry until the tortillas are crisp and golden brown. Add egg/milk/salt mixture to skillet and stir until set but not completely dry. Sprinkle crumbled cheese over the chilaquiles and serve.
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          I serve these for breakfast, lunch, or supper with refried beans and fresh fruit (usually papaya, mango, or fresh pineapple with a squeeze of lime, a dash of salt, and a sprinkle of powdered red chile~*NOT* chili powder).

          1. re: Cristina

            There are 2 chilaquiles recipes in Diana Kennedy's first cookbook - "The Cuisines of Mexico" on pages 68 adn 70. They are a variation of Cristina's recipe. I've made both recipes in the book and they're both good. One feeds 6, the other is for 1 serving.

    2. As before- mexican lasagna or tortilla soup. :)

      1. Tortilla soup! At least a half dozen truly excellent recipes can be found on Epicurious.com. I'm posting a link below for my personal favorite. It always gets rave reviews.

        Link: http://www.epicurious.com/run/recipe/...

        1. Make King Ranch Casserole of course.

          1. Soak them in buttermilk and make a "Mexican" lasagne with layers of chips green chiles, corn, cheese, what have you, mix the rest of the buttermilk with a few eggs and pour over the layers and top with cheese. Bake for about 40-50 minutes in a 350 degree oven (depending on the size (depth and width) of the pan you use. A sheet cake pan may work well if you have that many chips.

            1. break them up for breakfast migas.