Vegan Chilaquiles Verdes

Vegan chilaquiles are the perfect Mexican breakfast or brunch! Made with crispy tortillas, savory tomatillo salsa, vegan egg, and vegan cotija cheese. This is the perfect way to veganize this authentic Mexican dish.

vegan chilaquiles

What are Vegan Chilaquiles?

Chilaquiles (which are pronounced chee-lah-key-less) are a traditional Mexican breakfast made with homemade tortilla chips and scrambled eggs simmered in salsa. Typically, they’re made with salsa verde or salsa roja. I love both green and red chilaquiles but my favorite are the green ones. 


Are Chilaquiles different than Nachos?

Yes! Nachos are typically dried nacho chips topped with multiple toppings that are usually considered hearty. Chilaquiles are crispy homemade tortilla chips that are soaked in sauce (in this case salsa verde).
The toppings for chilaquiles are super simple, vegan cheese, avocado, cilantro and sometimes sour cream. I love to make my own cotija cheese but sometimes I will use this vegan feta as well. I personally love to make half my tortilla chips extra crispy and half a little soft to get a variety of texture, trust me on this one!
vegan chilaquiles

Tips to make the Best Vegan Chilaquiles

I highly recommend making homemade tortilla chips for this recipe. Store bought tortilla chips will make them taste and feel more like nachos. When making them at home, you also have the flexibility to choose the texture, salt and oil in them. All you need are corn tortillas, salt and oil (optional). Cut your tortillas into tortilla chip strips like so:

homemade tortilla chips

There are 3 main ways of making homemade tortilla chips:

Air Fryer (my favorite): Lightly brush the tortilla triangles in oil. I like to use avocado or olive oil. Air fry at 390 F for 6 minute increments until perfectly crispy. I typically air fry to about 12-14 minutes.

homemade tortilla chips

Pan Fry: I recommend pan-frying half of your tortilla chips to get a variety of textures. I personally love having some tortilla chips extra crispy while others are slightly crispy, semi-soft. This is what makes these vegan chilaquiles the best out there!

homemade tortilla chips

Oven-baked: You can also spread the tortilla triangles on an oven tray, brush lightly with oil (optional), sprinkle with salt and bake them for 12-16 minutes at 350 F.

vegan chilaquiles

If you like vegan chilaquiles, make sure to try these:

Vegan Quesadillas (authentic taste)

Mexican Torta with Carnitas

Enchiladas Verdes

Pozole Verde

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vegan chilaquiles

Vegan Chilaquiles Verdes

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


Vegan chilaquiles are the perfect Mexican breakfast or brunch! Made with crispy tortillas, savory tomatillo salsa, vegan egg, and vegan cotija cheese. This is the perfect way to veganize this authentic Mexican dish.


  • 6 Corn Tortillas
  • 3/4 cup Just Egg
  • 1/2 cup Salsa Verde (or to taste!)
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Vegan Cotija Cheese
  • 1 Avocado
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Vegan Cotija Cheese:
  • 1/2 cup Cashew or Almond Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt or to taste


Vegan Cotija Instructions:
  1. Add Cashew or Almond flour into a medium bowl and mix in, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and salt.
  2. Juice half a lemon and add lemon juice to the mix little by little to make sure it does not get soggy. You want clumps to form but overall have a dry texture.
  3. Let sit.
Chilaquiles Instructions:
  1. If using the oven instead of air fryer, preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Stack tortillas in stacks of 3 and use a knife to cut like a pizza into 8 slices each.
  3. Brush HALF of your tortilla pieces in a little avocado oil and air fry or bake for 10-15 minutes until crispy. If air-frying set temperature to 375 F.
  4. Turn on stove to medium heat and add 1 Tbsp avocado oil to medium/large pan. Sauté the other half of your tortilla pieces in oil for 5-7 minutes. This helps create diverse textures so you’re not just eating tortilla “chips”, you have soft tortilla pieces and crunchy ones in the mix.
  5. Once crunchy pieces are ready, add to the pan and immediately add Just Egg. Cook for 5 minutes until the Just Egg mixture thickens up and cooks thoroughly.
  6. Add salsa verde and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes while mixing the salsa in. The amount of salsa added is personal preference, I personally love them to be soaked in salsa!
  7. Serve in a bowl with cilantro, avocado slices, and vegan cotija 🙂
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20


  • Serving Size: 2 servings

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