Pozole Verde Soup Portuguese Style

Pozole Verde SoupThree bowls later I’ve decided this is a keeper. My guy friend checking out the local sports bars in Visalia fell for Rookie’s Posole Verde Soup. Three days in a row or was it four! His excuse was Fitbit steps as each day around noon off he went walking Main Street. I’m not sure if he topped it off with a draft, his usual reason for stopping at Rookies. But he couldn’t say enough about this soup. I decided then and there to create Posole Verde Soup, my style, Portuguese style. Would you believe I’m not the first to use linguica.

Chicken or pork or a combination is most often used for the authentic Mexican style soup or stew. Posole or Pozole means hominy, a main ingredient. And verde is everything green; tomatillos, jalapeños, poblanos, avocado, cilantro and lime.

What fun creating this soup! And yep, I did have three bowls to determine just how much I loved it. The lime adds just what’s needed to bring forth the flavors. So, don’t skip it!

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Chile Colorado

Earthy beefy Chile Colorado! Thinking quickly I turned the last little bit in the serving dish into this quesadilla. That’s what I get … attempting to do a food photo while everyone is eating. Wait! Two slices of flat bread hot off the skillet, slathered with Chile Colorado, sprinkled with cheese and slapped together. Beyond expectations. Luckily I got in a couple of snapshots before this too was gone.

Check out my Red Chile Sauce here. You’ll need two cups for this recipe. It’s worth doing from scratch.

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Hatch Red Chile Sauce

Hatch Red Chile SauceHatch Chiles from New Mexico make this red sauce. The ornamental cluster of dried pods was a gift from a good friend. Now one of my best friends! Ha! My Enchiladas are more amazing. And today I’m making my first Chile Colorado Beef dish. This sauce has some heat, moderate … just enough to give a little bite but not hide the flavor. I’d like to give credit here but the printed recipe card was simply slipped into the bag with the string of dried pods and has no author. It’s a recipe that won’t disappoint! Give it a try! Don’t know where to buy Hatch Chiles? Try Amazon for dried pods and powder and here for the fresh product. You won’t need luck with this recipe!

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Red Chile Sauce

Hatch Red Chile Sauce

Hatch Red Chile Sauce

 

Amazing gift from a friend who traveled through New Mexico. He just knew I’d love this ornamental dried pod arrangement. What he didn’t know is these are more than ornamental! They cook into the best red sauce in the world. Okay, I don’t know if they meet this claim to fame but it’s the best Red Chile Sauce I’ve ever eaten. What better way to spend a rainy day! Cooking this simple recipe! What makes the sauce is not a complex recipe but the Hatch Peppers.

You might enjoy this short article, the Hatch Pepper, a New Mexico icon, here. And yes, these dried pods are available on Amazon. The recipe for Hatch Red Chile Sauce will be coming soon in another post!

These recipes can incorporate this Red Chile Sauce easily. Enjoy!

Mexicali Casserole

Mexicali Casserole

Enchilada Casseole

Enchilada Casserole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burritos

Burritos

Cheese Enchiladas

Cheese Enchiladas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Our Family Tradition

Estrada’s Taste-Alike Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada SauceEstrada’s Spanish Kitchen in Visalia has long gone but the beautiful memories will last forever. We’re always in search of Estrada’s recipes or the taste-alike version. This enchilada sauce recipe is exact in taste ‘though we’ve been informed no chocolate was used in the original. We’ll never know for sure since all is secret. Whether you’re a part of this history or not you’ll love this enchilada sauce.

If you need help building your enchiladas after you make the sauce here is an easy step by step.

Continue reading for Estrada’s taste-alike recipes. You’ll love them as much as we do! A promise.

 

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