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Chile Verde Sauce

As a child my family and I traveled through Arizona and New Mexico on our cross-country trips we made twice a year from California to Monterrey, Mexico. This sauce is a combination of my love for Mexico and my love for the Southwest… I would love to live in Santa Fe one day. This is a great sauce for your favorite filled enchiladas, taquitos, chiles rellenos, burritos, tamales and base for pork chile verde. You can use whatever green chile is available in your area, such as Hatch, New Mexico or Anaheim.

 

Chile Verde Sauce

Chile Verde Sauce

Ingredients

8 to 10 Anaheim peppers
5 tomatillos
4 serrano or jalapeño chile peppers
1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
5 to 7 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons crushed cumin seeds
1/3 cup masa harina
1/2 cup water
3 cups chicken  or vegetable broth
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons olive  oil or oil of your choice

Fresh Chiles Verdes

Fresh Tomatillos

Stove Top Roasting Green Chiles

Tips~ When I only need to roast a few green chiles, I use my small comal on the stove top. Heat to medium and turn as needed.

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil paper, lay the Anaheim peppers on baking sheet, drizzle with a little oil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with a clean kitchen towel, set aside to cool.

2. In a medium pot, combine the tomatillos,onions, garlic and serrano peppers, cover with water. Cook on medium heat until the tomatillos go from bright green to an opaque olive color. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Peel the blistered skins from the Anaheim peppers, remove the stems and seeds and chop roughly. Drain the liquid from the tomatillo mixture. Combine  peppers, tomatillo mixture, cumin, 2 cups of chicken broth, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Blend on high until smooth. Strain sauce through a wire mesh strainer into a large bowl.

4. In a large sauce pan, heat oil to medium heat. While the oil is heating, combine the masa harina and 1/2 cup water to make a slurry, set aside. When oil is hot, add the strained chile sauce and bring to a boil. Lower heat and while the sauce is simmering, add the masa harina slurry, stir well to combine .Add in 1 more cup of broth, taste for salt and continue cooking sauce for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until sauce becomes thick. Yields about 6 cups.

Chile Verde Sauce

Chiles Rellenos de Arroz y Picadillo~ Turkey and Rice Stuffed Poblanos

Sometimes the best recipes are the unplanned ones. It all started when I wanted to test out some Himalayan red rice. I read that it was even better for you than brown rice, but with a milder flavor. So off I went to prepare this rice. I love days like this. After all was said and done, the red rice was delicious. The texture was slightly different from regular long grain white rice and the flavor was much better than brown rice. If I only had to worry about myself for dinner, I would have a bowl of rice with chopped tomatoes, serrano, avocado and cilantro everyday, but that’s not  the case for my better half. His palette has grown  over the years. And he enjoys many different foods, but when it comes down to it, he really is a meat and potatoes guy, through and through. One of his favorite Mexican dishes is chiles rellenos with picadillo. So, after our weekend grilling session, I had leftover turkey burgers and  a few poblano peppers that I charred on the grill. With a few added fresh ingredients to the turkey burgers, I had a full pan of picadillo. I decided not to coat the rellenos with a batter when I stumbled upon a container of homemade Texas style enchilada sauce in my freezer.  So I went the Tex Mex route and with a little prep and cook time, we enjoyed some hearty and delicious chiles rellenos.

Please don’t let preparing several recipes just to put these rellenos together stop you. Get creative with your leftovers. Any leftover meat or veggie filling combined with rice, pasta and cheese would work for this recipe.

 

Chiles Rellenos de Arroz y Picadillo~Turkey and Rice Stuffed Poblanos

Chiles Rellenos con Arroz y Picadillo

 

 

Ingredients

*The recipes for the picadillo, rice and sauce are enough for 6 to 8 large stuffed poblanos. I only had two poblanos at this time and just enough enchilada sauce. 

6 to 8 large poblanos
1 picadillo recipe
1 rice recipe
1 enchilada sauce recipe
2 cups colby jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Olive oil
Pepper
Smoked paprika

*Crushed red pepper, optional

Chiles Rellenos

 

Chiles Rellenos

Directions

1. Once you have all of your ingredients ready (peppers, fillings and sauce), you are ready to assemble the chiles rellenos. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  To a large baking dish, add 2 cups of enchilada sauce and spread evenly. Fill each poblano halfway with rice first, using the spoon or your fingers to pack it down. Fill the peppers the rest of the way with picadillo and place them in the baking dish with sauce.

3. Pour enchilada sauce over the peppers to cover evenly. Top each with cheese. Spoon on some of the panko bread crumbs. Season with a little pepper, smoked paprika and crushed red pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for  25 to 30 minutes. Broil the last 30 to 40 seconds to brown. remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.  Garnish with green onions and cilantro. Salsa and guacamole on the side.

Tips~ If you have rice and picadillo leftover, you can serve it on the side or freeze for another recipe.

 

Chiles Rellenos

Chiles Rellenos con Arroz y Picadillo

 

Chiles Rellenos

Tips~ To roast poblanos: Place on baking sheet and place under broiler. Broil for 10 to 15 minutes, turning as needed until skins blister on most sides. You can also blister the skins with direct flame of a gas stove. Place in plastic bag or glass bowl, cover or seal until cooled. Peel blistered skins, remove seeds and membranes.

 

Himalayan Red Rice

Himalayan Red Rice

 

Olive oil
1 1/4 cups red rice
1/3 cup red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 teaspoon oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chile ancho powder
1 large roma tomato, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, plus more for garnish
2 3/4 to 3 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

 

Himalayan Red Rice

Himalayan Red Rice

 

Directions

1.In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil to medium. Add the rice and saute for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onions, garlic and jalapeño and saute for another 3 minutes.

2. Add the cumin, coriander, oregano, smoked paprika and chile ancho powder. Saute for about 30 seconds to toast the spices. Add the tomato, cilantro and  2 3/4 cup of chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Taste for salt and pepper, cover and continue cooking for 45 to 50 minutes or until all of the broth evaporates.

3.  If rice doesn’t look quite done, add in the remaining broth and continue cooking for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving. Garnish with nore cilantro. Yields 6 servings.

Himalayan Red Rice

 

 

 

Turkey Picadillo

Turkey Picadillo

*In the recipe, I used 2 leftover turkey burger patties(total 1 pound), previously grilled and just chopped them small.

Olive oil
1 small sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 pound uncooked ground turkey, chicken or beef
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cilantro
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon chile ancho powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Corn from one ear of corn, about 3/4 cup
1 small zucchini, diced

Turkey Picadillo In the Works

 

Turkey Picadillo

Directions

1.In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño and red bell pepper. Season lightly with salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Add the ground turkey and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. While the turkey cooks, to the blender add the tomatoes, water cilantro, lime juice, chile ancho powder and cumin Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Blend on high until smooth and add to turkey mixture.

3. Continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add the corn and zucchini and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper. Cover and remove from heat.

Turkey Picadillo and Rice Stuffed Poblanos

 

Quick Enchilada Sauce

Quick Enchilada Sauce

Click onto picture to see full recipe for Quick Enchilada Sauce

Roasted Poblano Sauce Enchiladas

People often ask me  what I do with all the recipes I cook and blog about. Leftovers come in handy for preparing other tasty meals in a hurry.  For today’s blog post, I had leftover Grilled Skirt Steak and a delicious Roasted Poblano Sauce. First thing that came to mind was Enchiladas! More often than not, I prefer enchiladas the way I grew up enjoying them. Saucy, minimal cheese and fresh garnishes. I have nothing against warm melted cheese, and lot’s of it, baked on top of enchiladas. But I am just as happy with a little crumbled cotija cheese or queso fresco.  In the post you will find a steak version and a meatless version of enchiladas. And if preparing dinner for two, no need to prepare a big pan. After cooking your tortillas, simply fill, roll, add warm sauce and cheese. Serve as is, or cook in the microwave for a few seconds just to melt cheese and warm ingredients.  I find that doing it this way, the tortillas don’t get soggy, and that’s a good thing. This is often the way I prepare them for my family of two. 

 

Carne Asada Poblano Enchiladas

Roasted Poblano Sauce Enchiladas
For Enchiladas with Carne Asada
2 cups  grilled and finely chopped carne asada ( used skirt steak)
1 teaspoon steak seasoning
Olive oil
10 – 12 corn tortillas
1 full cup guacamole
4 cups poblano sauce
1 cup cheese of your choice, I used a mix of cotija and queso fresco

*If you would like a cheese that melts more, I would use monterey jack or muenster cheese


Green onions, sliced
Cilantro, chopped
Avocado, diced

For Guacamole
Olive oil
1 serrano or jalapeno, minced
1/2 cup white onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lime
2 small avocados, mashed
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Instead of raw onions ans serranos, I like to saute them a bit before adding them to the guacamole. I read this variation in my cookbook Nuevo Tex Mex that I purchased a few years back. I really love this variation. No strong onion flavors.
Instead of raw onions ans serranos, I like to saute them a bit before adding them to the guacamole. I read this variation in my cookbook Nuevo Tex Mex that I purchased a few years back. I really love this variation. No strong onion flavors.

Nuevo Tex Mex Guacamole

For Cheese Enchiladas
Replace the meat with 2 cups queso fresco

Roasted Poblano Sauce Enchiladas Filled with Guacamole and Queso Fresco

Directions

1. Brush tortillas on both sides with olive oil. Cook for a few seconds per side in a preheated skillet, set aside.

2. Add 1 cup poblano sauce to the bottom of baking dish.

3. Fill tortillas with gucamole and steak(or cheese) down the center of tortilla. Roll as tight as you can. Place, seam side down into the baking dish with sauce. Repeat until done.

4. Cover enchiladas with 2 cups of sauce. Add cheese on top. Cover and bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and place under broiler for a minute or until cheese begins to brown. Before I serve them, I like to add some extra poblano sauce to the plate and place the enchiladas on top. Yields 4 servings.

 

Find recipe for Grilled Skirt Steak on site.
Find recipe for Grilled Skirt Steak on site.

Click onto Picture of Grilled Skirt Steak above for full recipe on site.

I enjoy adding  a fresh guacamole to my enchilada filling for a creamy texture.
I enjoy adding a fresh guacamole to my enchilada filling for a creamy texture.
I prefer a soft yellow corn tortilla for my enchilada recipes.
I prefer a soft yellow corn tortilla for my enchilada recipes.
Not only for chiles rellenos, roasted poblanos are delicious when prepared into a sauce.
Not only for chiles rellenos, roasted poblanos are delicious when prepared into a sauce.

*Click onto picture above for full recipe on Roasted Poblano Sauce.

In our family, many times we would just warm the enchiladas with only sauce and add crumbled mexican cheese before serving.
In our family, many times we would just warm the enchiladas with only sauce and add crumbled mexican cheese before serving.

Roasted Poblano Sauce EnchiladasRoasted Poblano Sauce Enchiladas