Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Let's just say that I am not a big Doritos fan, actually, prior to this I can not remember the last time that I consumed a Dorito. However, the other day (through a comedic misadventure that I will not get into here), I was left in possession of this giant bag of aforementioned corn chips. It had been sitting on top of my fridge for a while and it has been sort of scaring me a little with its garish, day-glo ugliness. Two flavors of corn chips in one bag? I can't live at that speed. The Doritos marketing also includes a couple pet peeves of mine. I hate when the word "zesty" is used in the description of pretty much anything, and I also hate johnny-come-lately fad flavorings like chipotle. Chipotles have their place and it ain't in a bag of Doritos.
Anyhow, as I have probably stated before, I hate wasting food of any sort. I made it a mission to think of something to do with these and I came up with Chilaquiles. This is a popular Mexican dish which generally utilizes fried, stale tortillas. It is good and frugal way to deal with leftover tortillas and is universally known as a hangover cure. I decided to substitute the Doritos for the corn tortillas.
I began by spreading a thin layer of the chips in a small casserole. Whilst I was doing this I snapped one up and ate it. Maybe it is because I am not in the habit of eating too many chips/corn chips, but I was shocked by how salty they were. They taste like eating a packet of taco seasoning.
A couple cups of green chile sauce goes over the top of the chips. I make a very simple green sauce by pureeing a couple fresh jalapenos, couple pickled jalapenos, some onion, some fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and chicken stock in my blender. You don't want to drown the doritos in sauce, just make sure there is enough to be soaked up by them.
On top I threw some diced grilled chicken and some shredded cheese. Into the oven covered at 350 for 20 minutes goes the pot. It came out looking and smelling pretty good.
I spooned a little into a bowl. The Doritos had absorbed the sauce and softened to the point were they were almost disintegrated.
I actually kind of enjoyed this, as weird as it seems. I will say that after my first bite I found myself thinking, "man, this would be so much better done with real corn tortillas eaten over some good refritos." I think the Doritos are not sturdy enough to stand up to being cooked in a sauce. As much time as I spent down on the border, I never came across Chilaquiles. It seems to be something that I will add to my culinary repertoire as I am always looking for a good hangover cure.