Tortilla Chips Get Serious Upgrade With Elia Herrera's Chilaquiles Sauce And Guacamole

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When chips are served, you can always count on guacamole to take those tasty triangles of tortillas to the next level.

But if you really want to step up your appetizer game, it doesn't hurt to have some help from the pros.

That's where Elia Herrera comes in. The executive chef of Toronto's Los Colibris restaurant hails from Veracruz, Mexico. And at her restaurant, chilaquiles (a tortilla chip-based dish) is one of her specialities.

Now, pronouncing chilaquiles might be tough the first time around but assembling the dish is not, thanks to only a handful of ingredients.

Give the video above a view to see how the ingredients all comes together.

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Chilaquiles And Guacamole

Chilaquiles Sauce:
tomato 600g
onion 160g
garlic 26g
dried guajillo 4g
dried arbol pepper 2g
cumin 1g
black pepper corns ½ tsp
corn tortilla chips (homemade, or store bought)

avocado 324g
jalapeño diced 4g
onion diced 50g
tomato diced and seeded 64g
lime juice 40ml
chopped fresh coriander 4g
salt, to taste

1. Mash avocados with a fork in a bowl.

2. Mix in remaining guacamole ingredients.

3. Cover and set aside.

4. Add 1 cup of water along with tomatoes, onion, garlic until soft.

5. Remove seeds from guajillo and arbol peppers. Boil peppers until soft.

6. Toast the cumin and black pepper corns until fragrant.

7. Blend together ingredients from steps 4 to 6 until smooth. Run mixture through sieve.

8. Return strained mixture to pot and boil until reduced by 1/3.

9. Season to taste.

10. Add corn chips to plate, then top with chilaquiles sauce. Top with cheese, guacamole, fresh coriander and pomegranate seeds.

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Watch Elia put everything together in the full episode video below:

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