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Spicy Chorizo Rellenos

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound diced chorizo
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Essence (recipe follows)
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 medium-large Poblano peppers with their stems
  • roasted and peeled, slit up one side and seeded
  • 4 cilantro sprigs
  • Fried julienned tortilla strips


  • In a large skillet over high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the chorizo and sautJ for about 1 minute. Add the shallots, garlic and cilantro and sautJ for 1 minute. Stir in the cream and cheese, stir well and turn off the heat. Stir in the bread crumbs, turn the mixture into a bowl, and allow to cool.
  • Combine the masa harina, 1/2 cup of the flour and 1 tablespoon of Essence in a bowl. Fold in the egg white and add the milk 1/4 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly between additions, until all of the milk is incorporated and the mixture is smooth. In another bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup flour with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of Essence.
  • Start heating the oil in a large pot. Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling into each pepper through the slit in its side. Dip each filled pepper in the batter, then dredge in the seasoned flour. When the oil is very hot, fry the rellenos until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and tortilla strips.