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Comida Casera: Authentic Mexican Homestyle Food

Updated on December 30, 2011
Migitas with Crema Mexicana, Queso Fresco, and Salsa
Migitas with Crema Mexicana, Queso Fresco, and Salsa
Corn Tortillas Mission, Queso Fresco Ranchero Cacique, Crema Mexican Cacique
Corn Tortillas Mission, Queso Fresco Ranchero Cacique, Crema Mexican Cacique

Migitas

Comida Casera is basically just home style food. It's food that requires little ingredients and can be made fast and economically. My favorite comida casera is what my grandmother calls migitas. This is a delicious dish to make that is easy, inexpensive, and best of all, kids love it. There are only a few ingredients, but it can be modified as I will explain later. So now, I will give you the easy step-by-step instructions.

  1. You will need cooking oil, corn tortillas, eggs, Mexican style queso fresco, Mexican style crema, and either store bought or homemade salsa.
  2. In a medium fry pan heat cooking oil over medium heat. You will need a generous amount. You are not deep frying, but depending how much you want to make, you need enough to toast the tortillas just a bit. I should probably explain "toasting" here. The tortillas are going to be torn up into little bite sized pieces, hence the name, migitas, which means little pieces. So there has to be enough oil to coat all of the little pieces. Remember, you can always add more if you think you need to, but the migitas should be tender still, not crunchy, but that, too is a matter of taste. Trial and error is your best friend.
  3. So once the oil is heated you add the little bite sized pieces of tortillas. How many is up to you. A good rule of thumb for this dish is that you need one egg for every two whole tortillas you use. For example, in a dish just for me, I like to use two tortillas and one egg. This can be adjusted to taste, though. If you find that you like more tortilla than egg, maybe you would like three tortillas to every one egg, or one tortilla for every egg. Once again, trial and error. But for the purposes of this recipe, I will be using two tortillas and one egg. But in this step I haven't added the eggs yet, I've only added the tortillas to the oil.
  4. After about five minutes the tortillas should be tender and toasted (kind of soft fried, actually). Next you add the egg. Think scrambled. I like to just poke the yolk and let it saturate the tortillas for about a minute or so, then flip. This is the final step as far as cooking goes. Once the eggs are done you should have a mixture of eggs and tortilla pieces.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a plate. Now the fun begins. You can add salt if you like, but a better option is to add Mexican crema and queso fresco. These items can be found in any grocery store in the Mexican products' refrigerated section. The queso should be crumbled over the migitas and just a spoonful of crema drizzled over them should be more than enough. Salsa can be added as well, if you like it spicy. And this is how you make migitas.
  6. As I said before, you can modify this recipe. For example, if you like onions, they can be browned before you add the tortillas. Then just continue with the recipe. Chopped tomatoes can be added, too, but I have found that they make for very soggy migitas. A better way to add tomatoes is to add tomato paste to the tortillas before you add the eggs. This lets the tortillas retain their toasted texture. Other chopped vegetables, such as peppers, can be added, too. Just add those in the beginning like the onions and then proceed with the recipe. Trial and error. You might find that this is overkill. The best way to enjoy migitas is to keep it simple, but experimenting is fun, as well. You can also substitute ingredients. If you prefer yellow cheese instead of queso fresco, that can work, too.Leave out the crema or the salsa if you find that it just doesn't suit you. The beauty of this dish is that it can be tailored in so many ways. Just try it and have fun!

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Now I'm hungry, loved this hub!

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Well, thank you, Dee42! I'm glad I could inspire an appetite.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      An interesting recipe. I like food that can be made for only one person because sometimes I am the only one who will try something new.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Well, this is definitely a good one for that! I, too, sometimes am the only one in the house that is hungry what with kids in school or working and I go to school, too, so our schedules are pretty hectic. This is a life saver sometimes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Omgosh this is sooo good thank you sharing! I will be back in the summer for more! Sincerely I have you a huge hint! :]

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      Zena 5 years ago

      I like to make mine crispy and topped with jalapenos and cheese. Sometimes I just add Redhot sauce. The picture is good but the crema kinda covered most the dish maybe a before and after picture next time. Hope you share more.

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      emmaspeaks 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Sorry about the crema, Zena. I like a lot of crema on mine. I thought about making some without any topping and some other variations. This is my first hub so I will definitely take your advice into consideration for next time. Thanks for the input!!

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