Chorizo-Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Sweet-Sour Escabeche

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Chorizo-Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Sweet-Sour EscabecheRecipe
Photo: Jan Smith

Spicy, tangy, a little sweet, and a tad sour, this dish from Rick Bayless is based on a traditional central Mexican version. You can prepare the different components--roast the chiles and make the potato-chorizo stuffing--a day ahead and refrigerate. Then let everything come to room temperature, and stuff the chiles.

6 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed chile and about 1/3 cup onion mixture)


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6 large poblano chiles
Cooking spray
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 cups sliced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potato
8 ounces chorizo sausage
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


Preheat broiler.

Place poblano chiles on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 14 minutes or until blackened, turning twice. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes; peel.

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add carrot to the pan; cover and cook 5 minutes or until carrot is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add water and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaves) to pan; stir well. Bring mixture to a simmer; cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Discard bay leaves. Combine onion and salt in a large bowl; pour vinegar mixture over onion mixture. Cool completely.

Place potato in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes or until tender; drain.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Remove casings from the sausage. Cook sausage for 10 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove sausage from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan. Drain sausage on paper towels. Add potato to pan; cook 15 minutes, browning on all sides. Stir in sausage; cook until mixture is thoroughly heated.

Cut a lengthwise slit in each chile; discard stems, seeds, and membranes. Place about 1/2 cup sausage mixture in each chile (chiles will be full). Divide onion mixture evenly among each of 6 plates; top each serving with one stuffed chile. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Created date

April 2005

Nutritional Information

Calories 270
Caloriesfromfat 32 %
Fat 9.6 g
Satfat 3.1 g
Monofat 4.2 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 13.5 g
Carbohydrate 34.1 g
Fiber 5.4 g
Cholesterol 27 mg
Iron 3.5 mg
Sodium 684 mg
Calcium 30 mg