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.
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.