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  1. 10 cups 2370ml Fresh long green chilies (large)

  2. Filling

  3. 1 tablespoon 15ml Vegetable oil

  4. 2 Garlic cloves - minced

  5. 1/2 Onion - finely diced

  6. 1 Chayote squash - - seeded, (large) finely diced

  7. 1 cup 62g / 2 1/5oz Corn kernels

  8. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Salt

  9. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Ground red chili pepper

  10. Black pepper - to taste

  11. 2 tablespoons 30ml Lemon juice

  12. 1/2 cup 73g / 2.6oz Coarse breadcrumbs

  13. 1 tablespoon 15ml Nutritional yeast -

  14. Batter

  15. 1 cup 62g / 2 1/5oz Cornmeal

  16. 2/3 cup 41g / 1.4oz All-purpose flour

  17. 1 teaspoon 5ml Baking powder

  18. 3/4 teaspoon 3.8ml Salt

  19. 1 1/4 cups 296ml Water

  20. Vegetable oil - for frying

  21. Red Sauce

  22. 1 cup 237ml Tomato sauce

  23. 2 Garlic cloves

  24. 1/2 Onion

  25. 1 1/2 cups 355ml Water

  26. 1 tablespoon 15ml Ground red chili pepper

  27. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Salt - (or to taste)

  28. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Cinnamon

  29. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Ground cumin

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Roast chili peppers according to your favorite method. (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.

  2. FILLING: 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.)

  3. BATTER: 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 once. 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 of oil.) (If chilies must be prepared in advance, reheat just before serving by placing them on a baking sheet in a preheated 350F. oven until hot and crisp.)

  4. RED SAUCE: In a food processor or blender, puree garlic and onion with tomato sauce. 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.

  5. TO SERVE: 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.


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