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Thanks to Patrick Hancock, executive chef at El Pinto Restaurant for the concept for the sauce recipe. For the chicken, I used The Old Spice Shack’s Country French Rub, and it was delicious. Note that the sauce can be pureed or not, and that it is the most brilliant purple color that you will ever see.
These sweet chicken chimichangas with fruit are lighter than the more traditional beef and bean recipe popular in Arizona.
This layered dessert is unique in that it can be cooked on the grill. It does have chile in it, so it can become an honorary member of the barbecue inferno. Don’t worry, ancho powder is quite mild, with a nice raisiny flavor. The finished dessert has a cake-like topping and a chocolate syrup on the bottom. You can serve it with whipped cream, or to be truly decadent, with the Rum Glaze.
Perfect as a snack or a side dish, this pie is usually served topped with salsa. Dedicated chileheads can also add some hot sauce to the mixture.
This is one of the most delicious Mexican coastal fish recipes. It is served in Veracruz, the area of Mexico most influenced by Spanish cooking, but is popular all over the country. Often the snapper is dusted with flour and pan fried, then covered with a sauce, but we prefer ours beach-style. We grill it over wood or natural charcoal (gas is acceptable, too) and then serve it with the sauce on the side. Charring the tomatoes on the grill adds a smoky dimension to the sauce. This elegant and colorful fish is served with white rice and additional pickled jalapeños.
The word capon translates as "castrated" but in this case merely means seedless. Yes, dried chiles such as anchos and pasillas can be stuffed, but they must be softened in hot water first. They have an entirely different flavor than their greener, more vegetable-like versions.
The final result of this stuffed chile salad is the pleasantly contrasting flavors of the sweet stuffing, the smoky chiles, and the tangy vinaigrette. Piloncillo
is unrefined, dark brown sugar that is sold in Mexico in cone shapes, and you can purchase it in Latin American markets.
Translated as (Fruit-Stuffed Poblanos With Roasted Tomato Salsa)
Here is another variation on stuffed chiles, this one courtesy of Zarela Martinez, formerly of Zarelas Restaurant in New York City, who says that her version is based on the classic recipe served on national holidays in Mexico. She, however, bakes the chiles instead of deep-frying them. No matter—Zarela says the dish was “one of our most beloved at Zarela.” From the article "Perfectly Pungent Peaches" by Dave DeWitt here.
From the famous iconoclast and author of The Great Chili Confrontation, here's the recipe that infuriated Texans after it was published in Holiday Magazine in 1967. Smith had the gall to title his article "Nobody Knows More About Chili Than I Do." Once again, the directions are in Smith's own words.