& Corn Stuffed Chilies with Red Sauce
Mintzias - California, USA
Categories: Main dish, Vegan
Yield: 10 chilies
- 10 large Fresh long green chilies
- 1 tbs Vegetable oil
- 2 Garlic cloves; minced
- 1/2 Onion; finely diced
- 1 large Chayote squash; seeded, finely diced
- 1 cup Corn kernels
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground red chili pepper
- Black pepper, to taste
- 2 tbs Lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Coarse breadcrumbs
- 1 tbs Nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 cup Cornmeal
- 2/3 cup All-purpose flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1-1/4 cups Water
- Vegetable oil; for frying
Roast chili peppers according to your favorite method.
- 1 cup Tomato sauce
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1/2 Onion
- 1-1/2 cups Water
- 1 tbs Ground red chili pepper
- 1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ground cumin
(I don't have a gas stove or other type of open flame, so I heat the
oven to the hottest temperature, then bake the peppers on a heavy-duty
baking sheet, turning if necessary to char all sides.
The roasted peppers are placed in a bowl, covered, then allowed to
steam a few minutes to help facilitate removal of the peels.)
Carefully remove peels from roasted peppers, leaving stems attached.
Remove seeds by cutting a slit along one side of each pepper and
gently scraping and rinsing out seeds and attached membranes.
Pat dry and set aside.
In a heavy skillet, heat oil on medium-high.
Add garlic, onion and chayote; cook until onion is translucent and
mixture begins to brown, stirring frequently.
Remove pan from heat and add corn, chili pepper, salt, black pepper,
and lemon juice, stirring to combine well.
Gently mix in breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast.
On a flat surface, open up one pepper at a time and spread about
3 tablespoons of the filling mixture down the center of each.
Carefully roll sides of pepper around filling to enclose, pressing
firmly to shape.
(Chilies may be prepared ahead of time to this point, covered, and
refrigerated up to 24 hours.)
In a pie plate or shallow dish, stir together cornmeal, flour, baking
powder and salt.
Gradually mix in water to form a batter of medium consistency.
Heat 1-1/2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Lightly roll each stuffed chili pepper in flour.
Carefully coat each pepper with batter, as evenly as possible, using
stem to help drag chili through mixture, and a spoon to spread batter
over top of chili if necessary.
Fry chilies in hot oil, two at a time, until lightly browned, turning
It should take about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Remove and drain on absorbent paper.
(The temperature and freshness of the oil is important.
If conditions are right, each chili will absorb LESS than 1 tablespoon
(If chilies must be prepared in advance, reheat just before serving
by placing them on a baking sheet in a preheated 350 F. oven until
hot and crisp.)
In a food processor or blender, puree garlic and onion with tomato
Transfer to a saucepan and add water, ground red chili pepper, salt,
cinnamon and cumin.
Cook sauce over medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently
to prevent scorching.
Spoon a little sauce onto each plate, spreading it around in a spiral
fashion with the back of the spoon to form a large circle.
Place a chili onto circle of sauce, drizzling a bit of additional
sauce over top if desired, and garnish with a few slices of avocado
and/or some finely minced cilantro leaves.
A black bean salad and slices of cooling fresh melon and/or tropical
fruits would be nice accompaniments.
Copyright © 1995 Karen Mintzias