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Oct 30, 2003 01:10 PM

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?


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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.

          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
          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.

          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 I'm posting a link below for my personal favorite. It always gets rave reviews.


        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.