Authentic American Chiliquilla Recipe

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Authentic American Chiliquilla Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 19, 2023

Get ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey with this delicious Chiliquilla recipe. Made with tortilla chips, tangy salsa, hearty beans, and zesty spices, this dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. The combination of crispy chips, melted cheese, and savory chili creates a mouthwatering symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more. Whether you're looking to impress your guests or want to indulge in a comforting meal, this authentic American Chiliquilla recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds.


  • 2 cups tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
  • 1 cup cooked ground beef or chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream, avocado, and extra cilantro for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large skillet, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and bell pepper, and cook until they are softened and slightly browned.
  3. Add the cooked ground beef or chicken to the skillet and stir well. Cook for a few minutes until heated through.
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, black beans, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper (if desired), salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend together.
  5. Place a layer of tortilla chips in an oven-safe dish. Spoon half of the chili mixture over the chips, and sprinkle half of the shredded cheese on top.
  6. Repeat with another layer of chips, chili, and cheese.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, avocado slices, and additional salsa if desired.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Chiliquilla is a popular Tex-Mex dish that combines elements of chili and chilaquiles.
  • This recipe can be easily customized by adding your favorite toppings such as jalapenos, olives, or sour cream.
  • Chiliquilla is a great way to use up leftover chili or tortilla chips.
  • The word 'chiliquilla' is derived from the combination of 'chili' and 'tortilla'.