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petition to extend the day by 8 more hours

Recipe: chile rellenos

This isn’t really a petition because I know if we added 8 hours to the day, I would try to cram even more into a single day than I try to already. These long daylight hours lull us into a sense of “there’s plenty of time for x, y, and oh yeah – z!” It becomes the frenzy of summer. So I am in (more of) a frenzy now. But that’s good because it means I’m living my life.

Our best girl, Kaweah has slowed down in the past six months. I mentioned before that she is on a “diet” which means she gets fewer snacks and what snacks she gets are usually carrot bits instead of dog treats. In the spring, Kaweah weighed in at 64.5 pounds at the vet, which is the most she has ever weighed. She is 60 pounds on a fat day and 55 pounds in her svelte summer days. I chalked it up to my medical problems last year which distracted us from maintaining her typically active mountain dog lifestyle. Her weight is down to 60 and we’ve been taking her on walks and runs. She just can’t keep up on the runs anymore and Jeremy suspects she is becoming arthritic. Old dog is finally catching up with Crazy dog.

We recently hiked to the Continental Divide and decided to bring the pup, as hiking is her all time #1 favorite activity in the world (okay, #3 after eating, and rolling in dead things). We agreed that we would turn around at the first sign of trouble. Jeremy has carried Kaweah off of mountains in extreme conditions before.

columbines blooming streamside

She never let up. I think the backcountry is as invigorating for Kaweah as it is for me. She was like her old self but better behaved! We took her up to the lake and she had her inaugural frozen swim and loved it.

slowly thawing at 12,000 feet

treat? treat? treat? treat?

ooooh, cold!!

On the way back, she was slow and when we stopped to chat with a ranger, Kaweah decided to lie down in frog position on the trail instead of licking the pants of the ranger and acting crazy per her usual MO. She made it out just fine and slept the rest of the day. It’s hard to gauge how much is just being out of shape and needing to develop her calluses versus old age. When we got home we ordered a high-angle rescue dog harness so we can carry her out with ease if ever the time should come. I hope not, but I think gone are the days when I could take her for an 18-mile hike. The goal is to make sure she’s healthy and happy.

And while we’re on the topic of healthy and happy, I had another one of my crazy plants bloom! Last year I was elated when my night-blooming cereus delivered three blossoms. This is a “family” plant. My grandmother hand-carried (illegally?) a leaf cutting from Taiwan over to the US decades ago and started a plant. Each of her daughters has at least one plant from that original, and I got one when we moved into our first house. Two years ago, my aunt delivered another leaf cutting to me per Grandma’s request. “But I already have one,” I informed Elena. “This one is different,” she smiled. It bloomed yesterday and it is stunning. You can see a series of shots from last night here.


I’m reaching into the archives for a recipe to share. I have enough recipes lined up that I could die today and as long as Jeremy published the recipes, you’d never be the wiser for a couple of months at least. Several months back I defrosted all of the roasted Hatch green chiles my aunt had given me in October, and went about peeling and de-seeding them. The torn ones got diced up for all manner of recipes, but the whole ones were set aside for one of my favorite dishes: chile rellenos.

whole chiles more or less intact after peeling and de-seeding

I had really amazing chile rellenos in downtown LA at a joint off the 110 Freeway where the risk of death by drive-by shooting was ridiculously high. It’s no longer open because the sweet couple that ran the place retired. Since then, I had naively thought all chile rellenos were equal. Not so. I cannot abide by the ones with seeds left in, some use crappy cheese, others have horrid batter, some don’t use Hatch green chiles. But you can control all of that when you make them yourself.

stuffing with cheese

Do you have to use Hatch green chiles? No. You can use other varieties like Anaheim or poblano, but if you have Hatch, why not use them? Also, I lopped off the tops before I knew I was going to make chile rellenos, so in the future, I’ll try to leave the tops on so I have something to hold when dipping the chiles. My fear of frying is slowly abating, but I was nervous about all of the cheese leaking out and frying away. So I sealed the chiles shut with toothpicks only to find after the first batch that I didn’t need to worry. You don’t have to use toothpicks, just fold the chile flesh over the cheese as best you can.

ready for a batter bath

I used a batter recipe from The Border Cookbook, which is probably my favorite book on New Mexican cooking. It gets the seal of approval from all of the New Mexicans I know (including Jeremy). Two things drew me to the batter: 1) beer (always good sign for batters) and 2) folding whipped egg whites.

floured then dipped

Pan-frying is much less stressful for me than deep frying. These turned a lovely golden color and I let them drain on a baking rack rather than paper towels to keep them crisp rather than soggy. It’s a trick I learned from Amy.

fry until golden then flip and fry some more

Jeremy, native son of New Mexico, was never a huge fan of chile rellenos. This is probably because he had some with seeds once and just turned them down ever since. But I made him try one and he eventually ate several, thus restoring that part of his home state heritage. I think this is a recurring theme: Jeremy dislikes X from bad childhood memories and we fix it here on use real butter. The chile rellenos, while not quite as awesome as the ones I ate while fearing for my life in LA, had a zing from the chiles and the beer (in the batter) that mellowed with the creamy cheese and eggs. It’s perfect with some salsa on top. And Jeremy can walk through Albuquerque with head held high once again.

chile rellenos, best served hot

Chile Rellenos
[print recipe]
slightly modified from The Border Cookbook by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison

8 oz. mild cheddar cheese, grated (I left them in sticks)
8 whole large green chiles, preferably New Mexican Big Jims (or 12 smaller green chiles), roasted, slit from end to end, deseeded
vegetable oil for frying

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup beer (or water)

Stuff each chile with a stick of cheese and fold the chile over the cheese. Combine the flour, salt, and egg yolks in a bowl and slowly stir in the beer (or water) until it is mixed. Beat the egg whites to medium-stiff peaks and fold them into the batter thoroughly. Heat four inches of oil (I used a little less) in a skillet to about 350°F. Set a chile in the batter and spoon more batter over it until completely coated (no exposed areas). Let excess batter drip off into the batter bowl. Fry chiles for about 4-5 minutes until golden. Flip over and fry until evenly golden. Drain the chiles on a baking rack and serve hot.

56 nibbles at “petition to extend the day by 8 more hours”

  1. Rosa says:

    Your shots are always stunning and never cease to make me admirative of your photographic talent! It is always sad to see that one’s pet is ageing…

    A great recipe! Those chili releños look so scrumptious!



  2. rose says:

    WHOA that looks good. Looks like I’ll be joining Kaweah at fat-camp!!!!!!!! Your photographs are stunning. That flower is just…wow….

  3. Jeremy says:

    I’ll sign that petition!

    [when Kaweah jumped in the water, her waves made the ice slush hiss against the edges of the hard ice lens on the lake]

  4. Gastronomer says:

    Now, THAT’s a flower!

  5. Mountain Mama says:

    Hmm. Must pull chiles out of freezer and make rellenos.

    I peel and seed before freezing. My mom freezes them individually on a cookie sheet and then stuffs them in a freezer bag so she can just grab a couple at a time–I freeze about a dozen+ per baggie.

  6. Jillian says:

    My mouth is watering and my eyes are envying(is that a word?)!

  7. Simone (junglefrog) says:

    Love the photos!! We don’t have dogs but are cats are seriously old and have arthritis, are half blind but still pretty happy (they are 21, 19 and 17 years old!!) I find it hard when they become older, but i guess it’s part of life! Good that you’re preparing anyway.
    The recipe looks delicious!!

  8. TheKitchenWitch says:

    Glad Kaweah had a great time hiking and joining the Polar Bear club!

    That flower is stunning. How neat that it’s a family heirloom, of sorts.


  9. Amy says:

    Man, those rellenos look *amazing.* I love the idea of beer + folded whipped eggs whites in the batter…you can see in the pics how light and crispy the coating is. Mmm, yum! (Glad you like that tip about the cooking rack for draining fried goods…I use that all the time now, too! Thanks, CIA. :)

    What a gorgeous flower, too. It kind of reminds me of the passionflower bloom that we have, but even more vibrant and stunning. Do you have it growing inside or outside? It looks so tropical – what a great antidote that photo is to the glum non-stop rain we’ve been having here in wet ol’ Ithaca.

  10. Erin says:

    I have sooooooooooooo many Hatch chiles in my freezer and I can really only make enchilada sauce so many times before they start to get bore me. These look excellent and like a great way to clean out my freezer before this year’s crop shows up on my doorstep. :)

  11. Bri says:

    Sorry to hear about Kaweah slowing down. I’m starting to notice the same thing in my 9 year old pup. He isn’t quite elated about getting up and going with me all the time, but he still musters the energy and has a good time I think. All you can do is make sure they’re happy and healthy and let them keep enjoying everything! Of course, rolling in the grass or laying on the sun-warmed deck are acceptable activities at any age!

    I think you’ve finally convinced me to buy a whole mess of hatch chiles. My friend’s mom used to send her boxes of roasted chiles every year (I’d steal or eat as many as I could before the hoarding inevitably started). Since she moved, I haven’t had any. I think it’s definitely time. Thanks for the inspiration Jen!

  12. cindy says:

    what a hike for kaweah…and it looks like a brisk dip too!

    i will definitely be bookmarking this. chile rellenos. there’s nothing to say really…

  13. Helen in CA says:

    My dog was slowing down (she’s 12 now), while never as athletic as Kaweah. what’s really helped her is dog glucosamine. Trader Joe’s is where we get it. Made a real difference for her (and she likes the liver flavored “chew treats”)

    Just a thought.

  14. Phoo-D says:

    What beautiful photos and the chiles are making my mouth water like crazy! You might ask your vet about giving Kaweah glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to help with the joint stiffness or even a half of an aspirin before you head out on a hike. She looks like such a great dog!

  15. jennywenny says:

    Oh my goodness they look good! That is an insane flower picture! Wow!!

    Sad to hear kaweah is showing her age a little, it must be difficult to see her struggling. She’s still absolutely adorable though.

  16. Lezel Safi says:

    Oochieee mamma…have been dyin’ for a GOOD rellenos recipe…alas, I do believe it has been found! Thanks Jen, as usual, you ROCK!

  17. Valérie says:

    Loving this recipe idea: spiciness, cheese, and fried batter, what’s not to like?

    Kaweah may be getting on in years, but she still has a gorgeous coat!

  18. Emily says:

    Oh my god, these look awesome. I recently just moved away from Chicago and have been a-cravin’ some Chile Rellenos somethin’ fierce. Whenever you would go out, you could always count on “The Tamale Guy,” this little old Puerto Rican man, to come around with his playmate cooler. you could buy a bag of warm tamales or chile rellenos for just a couple of dollars.

    Ugh, I want.

  19. Abby says:

    I love chile rellenos. I get them every time they’re on a menu.

    I also love the idea of passing plants down through the generations. I have my grandmother’s Christmas cactus – a happy accident because it was left in the house when they moved. (I bought they house.) I think of her (and miss her) every time I look at it.

  20. Memoria says:

    I don’t understand why so many people fail to place the “s” after “chile” when they refer to “chiles rellenos”. Any person who has learned enough Spanish should know that you always have number (and many times, gender) agreement with nouns and adjectives. Many cooks and foodies respect the French language, why not respect the Spanish language, too?

    Anyway, I’m not a fan of chiles rellenos. Yours look very good, though. I always enjoy looking at your pictures.

  21. Kristin says:

    Your night-blooming cereus shots are amazing! What a gorgeous flower. I hope Kaweah has many more hikes and swims in her. You & Jeremy sound like great parents.

  22. Caitlin says:

    Wow – I think I’d sleep for the rest of the day after an 18 mile hike. Then again, all of our animals growing up were overweight; my mom overfeeds everyone and everything. We call it “wehren-izing” after her last name :)

    As for the chiles rellenos, I’ve never had them (thanks to living in the Midwest), but they definitely look wonderful!

  23. Kim, Rambling Family Manager says:

    We have an aging cat; it’s so hard to know they must be uncomfortable and not be able to fix it. Our cat did better on the glucosamine but now refuses to take it; he won’t eat the prescription food we try to hide it in, the stinker. :( He sleeps on a heating pad on low and gets upset with us if it gets turned off, even in the summer. From having arthritis myself I know how much cold can hurt. I cringed when you said Kaweah took a dip in that cold water; that may be why she was subdued around the ranger. Try a heating pad for her, though; see if she likes it. (I checked Amazon and they have pads for dogs.)

    And once again, your photography is amazing! I always call my kids over to look at your photos and we’re all starting to think we might want to move there. ;)

  24. Mrs Ergül says:

    This looks like a real treat! Hatch chiles. Since Jen knows what the good stuff are, I will have to keep that in mind!

  25. jo says:

    The photography is absolutely brilliant. I love the picture of Kaweah shaking herself, with the droplets flying all over. I truly would like to aspire to this level one day! Anyway this recipe suddenly reminded me of stuffed jalepenos with cheese and YUM is the word.

  26. Karen B says:

    I’m sorry to hear that Kaweah is slowing down, although I had to chuckle when you said that being unable to keep up on an 18 mile hike is “slowing down!” Our 11-year-old lab had foot surgery yesterday, and today thought she was going to go on a walk, and tried to play with our kids. Someone forgot to tell her she should be sore! It’s amazing how strong these dogs can be when they’re in their happy place.

    I’ve been wondering what I was going to do with all of the chiles I just had to plant in my garden this year! I think a chile relleno sampler platter will be delicious – I’ve always wanted to try making them.

  27. Asianmommy says:

    I love your pictures, & what a beautiful family flower!

  28. Meeta says:

    breathtaking shots jen! it makes me realize that we really need a break and let our souls sway! love the recipe very different from the one i have!

  29. Cate says:

    I’m never going to stop being completely envious of where you leave. Although I’m more partial to the Sierras than the Rockies, I would give anything to have hikes like that not too far from my front door!

  30. Ronine says:

    Thanks for this recipe – hubby is always on the lookout for interesting ways to use chiles so I’ll steer him this way. Also thanks for the tip on The Border Cookbook; now I have a future gift idea in store for him :)

    It’s touching how much you care about Kaweah – you’re lucky to have her but she is certainly also lucky with her ‘parents’!

  31. JMc says:

    Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements works well for my old dog too. And puppy food on a backpacking trip for extra energy helped a lot too.

    As always, Love love love your photos!

  32. Tartelette says:

    Here is what I notice with Tippy who is close to 12 now: there is no way of telling. One day he is dragging through the marsh and off the dock and the next he is playing alternate frisbee with Bill and neighbor as if he were 5 again. I think that passed 10, it really becomes one day at a time type deal. We think alike: to keep them happy, loved and moveable.

    The chiles look absolutely wonderful. Only had them once before and was intrigued but not wowed. Def. putting this on the menu provided I get Bill to help a little. (too hot to cook!)

  33. Lisa is Bossy says:

    Makes me SO SAD to read about aging doggies. Even though it doesn’t mean anything tragic – it’s still an awful reminder that they won’t be with us forever and ever like we hope. I’m so happy that Kaweah doesn’t have a muzzle-ful of gray fur tho. That broke my heart when my ole doggie turned all gray. I could no longer pretend she’d be 5 forever since looking into her face gave it all away. It’s true, the place doggies leave the biggest paw prints is on our hearts, huh? Give Kaweah a big tummy rub from me. And a big lick from Lucca.

  34. Melissa says:

    I still have that book on my Amazon wish list, waiting to be ordered, because of you mentioning it before. I’ve never had chile rellenos. I certainly want to and am getting close to just making them myself.

    I didn’t know Kaweah was an older dog. Such a gorgeous girl. Hopefully she’ll stay healthy and just the right amount of crazy for some time to come.

    And I do that with Steve too – make him like things he thought he didn’t like because of one bad experience. It’s great. I recently got him eating artichoke hearts. Thank GOD haha.

  35. hubs says:

    The rellanos look good, but your sidebar looks funny (IE).

  36. SallyBR says:

    Our dalmatian (age 12) has been battling arthritis for almost 2 years. It is pretty sad sometimes, he moans in pain when getting up. We tried to get by with aspirins, baby dose, but after a while it was not working.

    A couple of months ago the vet gave a prescription pill that is helping a lot…. Still, it is tough to realize that 12 years is “a lot of years” for a dog, when for us he is still a puppy…. will always be our puppy.

  37. Magycmyste says:

    I would sign that petition.

    Mmmm… those pictures look so good….

  38. Laura says:

    Great recipe–I have that cookbook. My only chile rellenos had a seed in it too–I nearly died. I guess I should make myself try again.

    It’s hard watching a dog slow down–I sympathize. Hopefully she’ll be slower and then maybe creaky but around for a long time to come.

  39. Margie says:

    Thanks for sharing Miss K. with us. I LOVE her and all her ‘kodak’ moments. I did have a misting of the eyes when I read your story; we are so fortunate to be blessed with our pets. They make life beautiful in so many ways.

    Chili Rellenos? OMG!

    Hatch chilies……….DOUBLE, OMG!!


  40. peabody says:

    My husband would love those…I on the other hand would swell up like a balloon.

  41. Manggy says:

    Oh, I get kind of sad thinking about the inevitability for Kaweah! I dunno, time just goes by so much faster for them.
    I once had chile rellenos at a reputedly good taquiera (well, not for the rellenos). GREASY! Not fun to eat. I definitely would have enjoyed these MUCH more. I wish I could teleport a few here! :)

  42. Mellisa says:

    She’s such a beautiful girl and I don’t see any gray on that snout so I hope you will have many years with her! Your photos are stunning :)

  43. Twila says:

    I admittedly have never made anything from urb despite regularly keeping up with your amazing photos and drooling over your recipes. But I _love_ chile rellenos, and I think I can actually make a recipe that only has six ingredients. Looking forward to eating these this weekend!

  44. Y says:

    I hope she remains happy and healthy for a long time to come! As for those chile rellenos.. I’m salivating more than a St. Bernard, looking at them.

  45. Kevin says:

    Those chile rellenos look perfectly golden brown and good! I could always use a few more hours in the day.

  46. jenyu says:

    Rosa – thank you, sweetie. It is hard to watch pets age, just like it’s hard to watch the people you love age. I guess that’s life. Just happy to have good ones in my life :)

    Rose – thanks! Kaweah was a little chunky, but in general we don’t let her get too heavy since it’s common for labs and it aggravates a lot of other health problems. She’s pretty happy when she gets out to walk or hike, so that’s good.

    Jeremy – xxoo :)

    Gastronomer – cool, huh? :)

    Mountain Mama – I like that trick of your mom’s. How cool.

    Jillian – anything is a word on this blog ;)

    Simone – wow, a 21 year old cat?! That is incredible. You must take VERY good care of them :)

    TKW – ha ha, I think she may have *started* the club. She’s been known to do the running dive into ice-cold lakes (with ice still on the lake). Crazy dog (lab, of course).

    Amy – I *love* that tip. Of course, the bad thing is that it’s for fried stuff – doh! Passion flowers are lovely. I’ve seen them in Victoria at Butchart Gardens. OMG. Of course, I may be biased since I am nutso about passion fruit! The epi is growing indoors (we still dip pretty cold at night out here – 30s 40s), but our great room gets heaps of light and it is fairly warm.

    Erin – I’ve got a few good green chile recipes in my archives. The green chile roasted potato salad is awesome as are the goat cheese and green chile croquettes (but they are deep fried and a pain in the butt to make).

    Bri – I’ve been spoiled with all of our NM connections who can score us some Hatch chiles. But now that I’m learning to make some great recipes with them, I’m starting to want MORE :) ha ha! Hope you get a stash this year.

    Cindy – :)

    Helen – I’ve heard lots of recommendations for that, so I think we’ll be hunting some down for Miss K. Thanks! And she just loves ANY treat :)

    Phoo-D – thanks so much for the tip! I appreciate it and I’m sure Kaweah will too :) *wags*

    Jennywenny – Aww, thanks. Kaweah is the eternal puppy because she’s small, has large paws for her size, and acts like a nut. She’s the same dog, just sleeps more and can’t hike as far :(

    Lezel – yay! hope you like them!

    Valerie – thank you, she does have a lovely coat and manages to sprinkle it all over the house too!

    Emily – I love the tamales and rellenos you could get from the little man on the street in LA too. So good. Handmade…mmmm.

    Abby – that’s a wonderful way to remember your grandmother. I do think of my family when these plants bloom. There was always so much celebration around their blooms because it meant good luck. Good memories.

    Memoria – it’s really too bad that you’re so bent out of shape with it. I’ve seen it written both ways in New Mexico. Why don’t you take it up with them?

    Kristin – thanks, you’re sweet. Kaweah has a lot in her still, we hope :)

    Caitlin – I’m sure a recipe like this is a cinch for a seasoned cook and baker such as yourself. Kaweah is our first pet although Jeremy has had dogs all his life, so we are careful not to let Kaweah eat too much (because she would if you let her) as it makes life a lot harder when pups are overweight :(

    Kim – that’s so sad about your kitty. The lucky thing with Kaweah is that she generally eats EVERYTHING except for Pepto, parsley, and basil. Go figure. You be amazed, but Kaweah loves the cold. Loves the snow, loves icy water, all of it. She was subdued around the ranger mostly because she was tired and her pads were tender (first big hike of the season is always like that – we have rocky trails).

    Mrs. E – hey, hope you had a nice trip! Looked pretty fun :)

    Jo – thanks!

    Karen – I’m utterly jealous of your garden. How awesome for you!! I hope you’ll make tons of great recipes with your chiles :) mmmmm.

    Asianmommy – thank you :)

    Meeta – ah well, if you can’t be here in person, at least I can share the beloved Rockies with you, right?

    Cate – I love the Sierra too. It’s still my favorite mountain range, but the Rockies are pretty spectacular in their own right, and I think it’s possible to love both :) The painful part of the Sierra was that it wasn’t near any jobs!

    Ronine – that is a GREAT book. I love it. Hope you guys like it too. And thank :) Kaweah is a great girl to have around. She’s helped me through some awful times. What a pup!

    JMc – thank you!

    Tartelette – yup, that’s pretty much the way to deal with it. I’m hoping Kaweah will “get in shape” this summer so we can gauge how she’s really doing. Don’t want to coddle her too much, but don’t want to kill her either :) Ugh, I don’t envy your heat in SC now, sweetie.

    Lisa – I think that is what is so deceptive about Kaweah. She doesn’t act like an old dog, she doesn’t look like an old dog. She still looks like a puppy! And while she has a couple of gray whiskers and a few on her chin, she’s mostly… puppy-like. As long as she’s a happy girl, that’s all I can ask. *wags* right back at Lucca :)

    Melissa – oh hon, if you find a good place that serves awesome Mexican food in CA – order the rellenos. I hope they’ll be good (there have got to be good ones there!). Thanks for the puppy well-wishes. Oooh, artichoke hearts. YOU are good. How could he not love the food you make?

    hubs – hmmmm, thanks for the feedback. I don’t recommend IE for anything. Nor Microsoft for that matter.

    SallyBR – I know what you mean :) Glad he’s doing better.

    Magycmyste – thanks!

    Laura – that’s sweet of you. Thanks.

    Margie – yes, pets have a very special place in our lives. And they make life better :) and dirtier ;) But it’s worth it.

    Peabody – oh noes!! You and chiles, hon :(

    Manggy – I’m working on the teleportation machine! ;)

    Mellisa – thank you so much!

    Twila – awww, many of the recipes here aren’t that hard (some of the desserts are, but that’s b/c I’m OCD). Probably the easiest would be the marinated grilled flank steak. REALLY good and EASY :)

    Y – thanks, my friend :) Some day you’ll have to hop over the big ocean and come visit. We’ll cook up the local treats for you!

    Kevin – thank you, hon. With more hours in the day, I can only imagine what additional great things you’d be cooking!

  47. Jennifer Abney says:

    Jen, I know this is days after the post….have been busy with our long Seattle days too!!
    I so understand about our beloved “maturing” pets…my 16 year old cat is slower, noiser (it’s so strange), and with hip displaysia (or however it’s spelled) we’re pretty happy when he wants to go catch a sunbeam in the strawberry patch or warm his bones on the deck. He sleeps with a heated cat mattress pad (temp controlled), which in addition to the daily glucosomine keeps a bit of a spring in his step.

    FYI, chile rellanos is my hubs favorite dish. I have been peeking all over the Net at recipes getting ready to delight him…yours look great. Graduate school in LA spoiled me to for Mexican food….although living in Denver for 6 years and dating an Hispanic guy, I found great Denver Mexican too.
    Happy Summer!!! JennA

  48. jenyu says:

    Jennifer – 16 is a good long life. I hope he has more years in him and that they are happy ones. I think when chile rellenos are done right, they are heavenly. When done wrong, they are disastrous ;)

  49. Mrs Ergül says:

    I did! I’m glad you took a peek over at my end!

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  51. AnnieB says:

    I love the idea of your batter. So many other recipes simply use the egg and salt…yours sounds like it has more flavor and it may be easier to coat the chiles with it.

    What is the sauce you have on the chiles in the final photo? Is it something you purchased prepared or do you have a recipe for it?

  52. AnnieB says:

    Me again…I made this today with a sauce from this video: It turned out great! We loved it! I forgot to flour them before dipping in the batter and they turned out just fine. I served them with Peruvian beans topped with Cotija cheese and we were in Mexican food heaven :)

  53. jenyu says:

    AnnieB – the sauce is just a Trader Joe’s salsa autentica. But if you can find red chili sauce, it’s gooooood. Sounds like you met with success!

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  56. Sharita says:

    Yummy…Used Fat Tire in my batter, turned out golden and delicious. Used anaheim chilies, pork, rice and chedder cheese filling.

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