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What to do with stale corn tortillas

RKN Oct 30, 2003 01:10 PM

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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    mrnyc Nov 2, 2003 04:25 PM

    break them up for breakfast migas.

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      kc girl Oct 30, 2003 06:50 PM

      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.

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        Evil Ronnie Oct 30, 2003 03:40 PM

        Make King Ranch Casserole of course.

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          Jane Oct 30, 2003 03:22 PM

          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/...

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            Kevin Oct 30, 2003 01:30 PM

            As before- mexican lasagna or tortilla soup. :)

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              adamclyde Oct 30, 2003 01:19 PM

              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
                Cristina Oct 30, 2003 02:16 PM

                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
                  RKN Oct 30, 2003 02:37 PM

                  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
                    Cristina Oct 30, 2003 03:57 PM

                    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
                      Gayla Oct 30, 2003 05:03 PM

                      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.

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