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Fried Ricotta with Epazote and Green Chile

Photo: Dave Lauridsen

Total time 20 mins

Makes about 2 cups (serving size: 1 tbsp.)

Lupe Romero Vidal, a home cook in Hidalgo, Mexico, puts big spoonfuls of this into bowls of freshly cooked beans, instantly transforming humble into extraordinary. You can use widely available moist, smooth ricotta rather than the artisanal curd type, but you'll need to cook it longer to dry it out, and your yield won't be as high.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced white onion
  • 2 cups ricotta, preferably the fresh, curd-style type, drained of excess liquid
  • 1 teaspoon medium-fine sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup roughly chopped epazote leaves
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. finely chopped green serrano, jalapeño, or arbol chile

Nutrition Information

  • calories 32
  • caloriesfromfat 69 %
  • protein 2 g
  • fat 2.5 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • carbohydrate 0.7 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • sodium 61 mg
  • cholesterol 8 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, sauté onion in oil, stirring often, until translucent, about 3 minutes.

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  2. Add ricotta and fry, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until dryish, 6 to 10 minutes (the bottom of the pan will probably get a little brown). Stir in salt and remove from heat. Stir in epazote and chile.