Traditional Mexican chilaquiles consist of fried tortilla chips, so why not take things to the next level and use the world’s most famous fried tortilla chips?
We’re talking about some good ol’ fashioned Nacho Cheese Doritos, as that was the thought process for this mom & pop Mexican restaurant in Cerritos, California.
Amor Y Tacos is known for its “Chicano cuisine,” which means they take traditional Mexican favorites, and give them a little bit of a California twist.
That’s where these Doritos chilaquiles come in.
“I grew up eating chilaquiles in our house for breakfast,” Amor Y Tacos owner Thomas Ortega said. “Growing up I used to love Doritos, and just combined the two. On a whim, I said, ‘I’m going to try it out.'”
Purists might find the concept blasphemous, but unless you’ve tried them yourself, it’s hard to knock the subtle genius of taking familiar flavors from both Mexican cuisine and the packaged snack world, for a flavorful dish.
Those worried about an overpowering Doritos flavor can rest easy knowing that they use a balanced mix of their standard freshly fried tortilla chips and Doritos. After trial and error, Amor Y Tacos found that they couldn’t put out a whole plate of Doritos, as they’d be a tad salty to the average palate. So they found a ratio that worked so that every bite of the salsa-smothered chips taste just right.
“We don’t want to use too many Doritos because if you’re overbearing with the Doritos, the dish will come out too salty,” Ortega said.
After that, the combination of chips are hit with a chile guajillo sauce, Oaxacan cheese, Monterrey Jack, crema Mexicana, sliced red onion, cilantro, and a fried egg.
It’s one of those dishes you have to try for yourself to understand what the hype is about, and thankfully, it has become a staple on the menu. So if you’re ever up for a new twist on an old favorite, this quaint little restaurant might do the trick.