Enchilada sauce just won’t cut it for chilaquiles in the Houston-area home of Romina Cervantes and Octavio Orozco.
These food entrepreneurs have always made chilaquiles, especially on Sunday mornings, and a few years ago, they realized there were no commercial chilaquiles sauces available, despite hundreds of other Mexican salsas and cooking sauces in the grocery aisle.
They created a line of thick, spicy sauces called Chilesquiles — the spelling change is due to the fact that you can’t trademark the name of a dish — that you can buy online and, with any luck, in grocery stores soon. The founders were among the 25 finalists for the H-E-B Quest for Texas Best contest last month, and though they were among my top picks, they didn’t win any of the prize money.
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It’s still possible that they’ll get picked up by the grocer for distribution in the Austin area, but for now, you’ll have to check them out online or swing by a Houston farmers market. They currently make four varieties: roasted green sauce, homemade chipotle, signature red and a spicy grill brava, which cost $7 and $10 a jar, depending on the size. On each jar, they offer serving suggestions for the thicker-than-salsa sauce, such as adding the tomatillo-based green sauce to pasta or fish or the chipotle sauce to fish tacos.