Lunchbreak: Salsa Verde

Executive Chef of Fort Willow, Deirdre Quinn

Fort Willow

1721 N Elston Ave.

Chicago, IL 60642


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Salsa Verde

Yield: 1 quart

1 lb tomatillo, peeled and halved

1 ea medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered

8 oz canned green chilis, well drained

2 ea jalapeno, stemmed and halved

6 cloves of garlic, peeled

½ bunch of cilantro

1 can of beer

To taste, salt and pepper


  • In a large mixing bowl, toss tomatillo, onion, and jalapeno with blend oil, salt and pepper
  • Transfer in a single layer to sheet tray
  • Roast in 450-degree-oven until tender and slightly caramelized
  • In 2 batches, blend roasted vegetables in a blender with hatch chilis, garlic, cilantro on medium speed until just blended
  • Transfer to a 2-qt container
  • Add beer and season with salt and pepper


4 servings

1 bag corn tortilla chips

2 cups shredded Havarti cheese

1 pint salsa verde (recipe above)

4 eggs

1 Tablespoon butter

Cilantro sprigs for garnish


  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together tortilla chips, salsa verde, and ½ of the cheese (1 cup)
  • Transfer to a baking dish and top with the remainder of the cheese
  • Bake in a 350-degree-oven for 15 mins or until top cheese is melted
  • Heat a medium non-stick sauté pan, heat butter over medium heat. When butter is melted crack eggs once at a time in to the pan. Let cook over medium heat until the whites are set
  • Plate the tortillas, top with fried eggs and garnish with a sprig on cilantro