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Mexican Weekend/

A Remedy for Post-New Year’s Revelry

Mexican_lightblueLogo_POST_170x177-copyCall it a hunch, but something tells me you’re going to need a jump start when you wake up tomorrow, whether it’s early in the morning or the afternoon. (I won’t judge.)

Something also tells me you won’t want to think too much about cooking. So let’s keep it simple and traditional with tomatillo-sauced chilaquiles, one of those comforting and common brunchy-lunch dishes eaten at almuerzo in Mexico.

The elements of the dish are really basic, just roasted tomatillo sauce and crispy tortillas — adequate, honest and simple. If you’re really struggling to get it together, a jar of roasted tomatillo salsa is a fine substitute for making your own sauce.

Either way, I encourage a sprinkling of añejo cheese (or Parmesan or Romano), a few coarse shreds of chicken or a fried egg to make the dish more of a complete meal.

While you’re waiting for the sauce to boil, saunter over to the fridge — wait, you really should have glass of water first—then dig out some limes, some Worcestershire sauce and a few bottles of beer and hot sauce (both preferably Mexican), and fix up some micheladas.

I can think of no better kick off to a brand new year.

Happy New Year, everyone!



  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2large white onions, sliced ¼ inch thick (divided use)
  • 3cupsRoasted Tomatillo Salsa OR 1 ½ 16-ounce jars Frontera Tomatillo Salsa
  • 3cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2cups (6 ounces) shredded Mexican melting cheese (such as Chihuahua) or Monterey Jack, brick or mild cheddar (divided use)
  • 12ounces tortilla chips, preferably thick, homemade-style ones (such as those from a tortilleria or a Mexican grocery store)
  • 3/4cup Mexican crema, creme fraiche or sour cream thinned with a little milk or cream
  • 1/2cupfreshly grated Mexican queso añejo or other garnishing cheese such as Romano or Parmesan or other garnishing cheese such as Romano or Parmesan (optional)
  • A handful cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • 6sunny side up eggs for serving (optional)
  • For the Michelada
  • 1 lime half for moistening the glass rim
  • Coarse salt
  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4cup fresh lime juice
  • 112-ounce beer (such as Bohemia for lighter beer lovers, Dos Equis or Negra Modelo for darker beer lovers)
  • 1/2teaspoon hot sauce such as Tabasco, Tamazula or Valentina
  • 1/2teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


For the chilaquiles: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  In a large (4-quart) pot, heat the oil over medium-high. Add about 2/3 of the onion and cook, stirring regularly, until richly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.  Add the salsa and broth and bring to a rolling boil.  Turn off the heat and stir in 2/3 of the shredded cheese.

Pour the chips into a 13x9 inch baking dish and cover with the sauce, gently pressing the chips into the sauce, breaking up larger pieces, so that all of the chips are coated.  Sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 of the shredded cheeseCover the baking dish with foil, being careful not to let the top of the chips touch the foil.  Slide into the hot oven to heat through, 8 to 10 minutes.  When the chilaquiles are bubbling, remove from the oven, drizzle with the crema and sprinkle with the remaining onion.  Top with the queso aňejo and cilantro, and the optional sunny side up eggs. Serve without hesitation.

For the micheladas:  Moisten the rim of a pint beer glass (or mug) with the cut side of the lime half. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, then upend the glass into the salt to crust the rim. Fill half full of ice and pour in the lime juice, followed by the beer. If you (or your guests) want, add hot sauce, Worcestershire and/or Jugo Maggi; stir just enough to combine everything. It’s time to enjoy what a Michelada is all about.


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