Oklahoma City – Chilaquiles – It is not every day that we stumble into a unique and tasteful Mexican restaurant. For the longest time, the concept of Mexican Food in the United States has been diminished to bland-tasting enchiladas and watered-down cheese sauce.
In Oklahoma City, many well-funded food ventures have tried to raise the bar and reclaim the title of Authentic Mexican Cuisine. Nonetheless, the so-called “hole-in-wall” continues to dominate the Authentic Mexican Cuisine category at the price that will not break the bank.
On this occasion, we had the pleasure to visit La Cocina de Doña Nena on the south side of Oklahoma City. They open for breakfast so we rose early morning to the occasion. First, food. The chilaquiles verdes were amazing. The entire combination with eggs and beans freshly made from scratch took this breakfast to a whole new level.
Second, The atmosphere. This one is key to the authentic flavor. The family and laidback settings were just what we asked for. We never felt rush and the service was right on target.
Chilaquiles do have a unique and intriguing history. According to Laura Siciliano-Rosen, Chilaquiles, a Mexican dish consisting of strips or pieces of corn tortillas that are fried, then sautéed with green or red salsa, and topped with cheese, crema (a sweet, thin cream sauce), and onion. Pulled chicken may also be added during the cooking process, and casserole versions of the dish are popular. Beans, eggs, beef, and avocado are among the foods often served with chilaquiles. It is typically eaten for breakfast or brunch, much like the Tex-Mex dish migas, which is made with scrambled eggs and tortilla strips. Chilaquiles was originally created as a way to use slightly stale leftover tortillas
If you find yourself in Oklahoma City, give La Cocina de Doña Nena a try.
3710 S May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73119
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Laura Siciliano-Rosen. “Chilaquiles.” Britannica Online Academic Edition (2019): Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Web.