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Mote Pillo

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

Mote Pillo

Mote Pillo, this traditional breakfast dish consists of hominy sautéed with onions, garlic, achiote, eggs, milk, chives, and cilantro or parsley, and served with hot black coffee and slices of fresh cheese.

Mote Pillo


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon achiote, ground

  • 1 lb. white hominy (canned)

  • 1 tbsp. butter

  • 4 eggs, beaten

  • 1/3 c. milk

  • 6 oz. Cotija cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Cumin to taste

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in sauté pan, then cook red onion, garlic and achiote powder until softened, approximately three minutes.

  2. Add hominy and sauté another three minutes.

  3. In a separate nonstick pan, soft scramble eggs and milk in butter, stirring constantly; season with salt, pepper, cumin, chopped cilantro and scallions.

  4. Mix eggs and hominy together and serve by dividing into four and plating in large mound. Finish by topping with Cotija cheese.

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