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Nopalitos con Chorizo en Salsa de Chipotle (Cactus and Mexican Chorizo)

Nopalitos con Chorizo en Salsa de Chipotle is one of those recipes that can be served in a variety of ways. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, it is fairly inexpensive to prepare and can be prepared quickly. When fresh nopales are not available, the next best thing for me, is Doña Maria brand nopalitos in a jar. They are readily available in many stores and are much easier to find than a good  store bought corn tortilla, lol! I am not sure how they decide what each store will carry when it come to latin or hispanic foods, but where I live most people have never tried nopales. Most often nopal recipes are prepared during the time of lent when meatless meals are a way of life. In a simple salsa, with potatoes or with queso panela, they are a delicious meal to prepare anytime. Once drained and rinsed you can add them to your favorite salad, salsa recipe, soups, stews, chili or for scrambled eggs for breakfast tacos. They are mild in flavor, tender and a good source of fiber. 

Nopalitos con Chorizo en Salsa de Chipotle
Nopalitos con Chorizo en Salsa de Chipotle

Ingredients

1 dried chipotle
2 to 3 chile de arbol
1 jalapeño, sliced
1 to 2 cloves garlic
3 roma tomatoes
Olive oil
1/3 to 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

*If you can’t frind the dried chipotles, you can add 2 chipotles in adobo when you are ready to blend all of the ingredients

1 cup uncooked mexican chorizo
1 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 jar of Doña Maria nopales (30 oz.), drained and rinsed
Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

I often used this cooking method to prepare a salsa that has dried peppers in the ingredients. Adds a slightly roasted flavor and is great for small quantities.
I often used this cooking method to prepare a salsa that has dried peppers in the ingredients. Adds a slightly roasted flavor and is great for small quantities.
Salsa de Chipotle before adding to the nopales and chorizo
Salsa de Chipotle before adding to the nopales and chorizo
The nopales Doña Maria are a great way to enjoy all of my favorite nopal recipes. Convenient!
The nopales Doña Maria are a great way to enjoy all of my favorite nopal recipes. Convenient!
These nopalitos are great for tacos, enchiladas or simply served over rice
These nopalitos are great for tacos, enchiladas or simply served over rice. During lent, I like to prepare this same recipe, minus the chorizo, but instead with crispy potatoes or queso panela.

Directions

1. To a small skillet, add the chipotle, chile de arbol, jalapeño, garlic and tomatoes. Add in 1/4 cup of olive oil and heat to medium heat. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, turning often so that the dried chiles and garlic does not burn. To that same pan, add 1/2 cup of water and cook for another 5 minutes to soften the dried peppers a little more. Transfer to blender, add the bouillon and blend on high until smooth, set aside.

2. Add the chorizo to a large skillet and heat to medium. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, breaking into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon. Add the onions and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Add the nopalitos and salsa fom blender. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Taste for salt and add a little fresh cracked pepper. Serve as is with rice, beans and warm tortillas. Or top with egg and salsa as pictured. Yields 6 servings.

Nopalitos con Chorizo en Salsa de Chipotle
Nopalitos con Chorizo en Salsa de Chipotle
Nopalitos con Chorizo, Sunny Side Up Egg with Habanero Fresno Hot Sauce
Nopalitos con Chorizo, Sunny Side Up Egg with Habanero Fresno Hot Sauce

* Click onto the picture above to see the recipe for the Chile Habanero-Fresno Hot Sauce I added on top of egg.

Homemade Chorizo Using Dried Spices and Chiles
Homemade Chorizo Using Dried Spices and Chiles

** Click onto picture to see the recipe for the homemade chorizo I used in this recipe.

Iron Skillet Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese

Iron Skillet Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese. Preparing homemade mac n cheese in my house is a rare, but tasty occurence! Any recipe that involves more than one cup of cheese, according to my husband, is way too much cheese, LOl!  You have to understand that Richard has worked in a large cheese producing factory for the past 33 years. He threatens to tell me the truth behind the cheese  someday, but for now I will enjoy  what I can, ha ha ha!! Recently, he was taking some time off of work and I asked him for a few suggestions on dinner ideas. I was shocked when I heard the words “mac n cheese” come out of his mouth! But, there was a catch. The catch was that he would love to try it, only if I added thick cut bacon and chipotle peppers. These are two of his favorite foods. Before he could even finish talking, I was pulling ingredients out of the pantry. It just so happened that I found this awesome Mexican Chihuahua cheese at the market a few days before. It was a win, win situation!! Let’s just say, that Richard enjoyed 4 out of the 6 servings from the Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese recipe. Cheese lovers unite!! LOl!

 

Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese Prepared with Whole Grain Penne Pasta
Bacon Chipotle Mac n  Cheese Prepared with Whole Grain Penne Pasta


8 strips of thick cut bacon, chopped
5 cups penne pasta, cooked according to package
*I used whole grain pasta
1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 to 2 chipotles in adobo, minced
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons hot sauce (Texas Pete or Franks)
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon annatto powder, optional (used mostly for color)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups Chihuahua cheese or Monterey jack, shredded
1 1/2 cups mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon crushed Mexican oregano

 

Smoky Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Chihuahua & Mozzarella Cheese with Spicy Smoky Chipotle
Smoky Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Chihuahua & Mozzarella Cheese with Spicy Smoky Chipotle
A classic bechamel sauce preperation with a mexican twist! Tha addition of the annatto powder adds a great color.
A classic bechamel sauce preperation with a mexican twist! Tha addition of the annatto powder adds a great color.
Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese Before Adding Breadcrumbs
Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese Before Adding Breadcrumbs

 

Directions 
*Just a quick, but important note. I prepared this recipe using one cast iron skillet, besides the pot I cooked the pasta in. 

1. In a the skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Drain onto a plate lined with paper towels. Drain all of the grease leaving just 1 tablespoon. Reserve the bacon grease. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and all of the sliced onions. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

2. Turn the heat to medium/low on onions and continue cooking until caramelized. This could take up to 30 minutes and you need to stir often. While doing this, you could cook your pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse in cold water and drizzle with a little olive oil so it does not stick.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove onions from skillet onto a plate, set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to skillet and 1 tablespoon of bacon grease. Whisk in 2 1/2 tablesppons of flour and cook for a few minutes.

4. Whisk in the milk until there are no more lumps. To the milk, you are going to add all of the ingredients in the order listed minus the cheese. Cook on medium/low until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat, add 1 cup mozzarella and 1 cup Chihuahua cheese and stir just until melted.

5. Fold in the cooked pasta, half of the bacon and half of the caramelized onions. Top with remaining cheese, bacon and onions. In a bowl, mix panko with 1 1/2 tablespoons of bacon grease and oregano. Spread the breadcrumbs evenly over mac n cheese. Loosely cover with foil paper and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and cook under the broiler just until breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let mac n cheese rest for 15 minutes before serving. Yields 6 servings.

Cast Iron Skillet Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese
Iron Skillet Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese
Cast Iron Skillet Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese
Iron Skillet Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese
Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese
Bacon Chipotle Mac n Cheese