Main Dish Recipes

One Pan Fried Egg Chilaquiles

January 5, 2016
Take your nachos up a notch with this simple recipe - it's the perfect quick dinner for a busy night and totally family friendly
Take your nachos up a notch with this simple recipe - it's the perfect quick dinner for a busy night and totally family friendly

Take your nachos up a notch with this simple recipe - it's the perfect quick dinner for a busy night and totally family friendly

There is almost nothing I love more in this world than a dinner that requires only one pan. Especially when you can serve dinner directly from that pan.

In fact, I’d say the only thing I love more than that is the guy who washes that one pan after dinner. And the children who may or may not turn up their nose at dinner.

I saw this recipe on How Sweet Eats (one of my top five favorite food blogs) and it looked so amazing that I knew I wanted to make it immediately.

But the night I planned to make it, I opened up the recipe and thought, “I. . . don’t want to fry some stale tortillas in oil until they are crispy. Especially not when I have a giant bag of already crispy tortilla chips in the pantry.” So I just used those instead.

And then I REALLY didn’t want to get another pan dirty to cook the eggs in while the other parts of the recipe toasted in the oven. So I just cracked them right into the pan and cooked the whole thing at once.

Same idea, way fewer dishes. And also no frying, which I hate doing because then my whole house smells like a hamburger joint and also no spattering of oil all over my kitchen and all over me.

Laziness for the win, right there.

Take your nachos up a notch with this simple recipe - it's the perfect quick dinner for a busy night and totally family friendly


One Pan Fried Egg Chilaquiles 
(adapted from How Sweet Eats)


serves 4-6

2 15-oz cans tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo, diced
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
40-60 corn tortilla chips
2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
3-4 eggs

Toppings (pick the ones you want):
Sliced avocado
Diced red onion
Chopped scallions
Cilantro
Crumbled queso fresco

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large oven-safe skillet, stir the tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, chipotle peppers and spices over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.

Remove half the sauce from the pan (I just stick mine in a glass liquid measuring cup) and set aside. Add half the tortilla chips to the pan and toss them around a little to coat them in the sauce. Smooth into a single layer (it doesn’t have to be at all perfect – you just don’t want a small mountain in the middle) and cover with half the grated cheese. Add the other half of the chips, cover with the sauce you set aside and then sprinkle on the second half the grated cheese.

Carefully break your eggs on top of the chips and place the whole pan in the oven to cook for about 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and the egg whites are opaque and the yolks are still a little runny.

Remove and serve immediately with the toppings of your choice.

Take your nachos up a notch with this simple recipe - it's the perfect quick dinner for a busy night and totally family friendly

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10 Comments

  • Reply MommySizedHeart January 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I originally thought this would be a chicken dish but when I realized it wasn't, I pouted a bit and then googled a chicken chilaquiles recipe and now I'm really excited to put it on the menu for next week! Haha!

    I'm pregnant, so clearly my cravings make me emotional!;-)

    • Reply Brian and Courtney January 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      So happy you are pregnant! I commented on your blog a while back! How far along are you? Congratulations!

  • Reply CoolGreenDays January 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I have never heard of this dish before, and can't quite picture it, despite your delish pictures – is it like a baked nacho kind of thing? Did it fill Bart up, if he had to share it with you 3 girls (assuming Star missed out 😉 ) ?

  • Reply Stace January 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Would you mind sharing some of your other favorite food blogs?

  • Reply Paige Flamm January 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    One pan dinners are my love language. We'll definitely be trying this soon.

  • Reply RdawnH January 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    What are your other four top food blogs? 🙂

  • Reply Ashlee F January 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    My Husband LOVE Chilaquiles but he always eats it when we go out! I'm excited to try this recipe so we can make them at home!

    Thanks for Sharing!

    -Ashlee Michelle
    http://www.makeupandmodifieds.com

  • Reply Landen January 6, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Gorgeous photos 😉 way to go!!!

  • Reply Sara January 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Janssen, I can't see a Pinterest button to add these to my food board. Too beautiful not to save and share.

  • Reply Sara January 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Found it…haha. The old lady is a little slow over here.

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