Traditionally made in Puebla or Mexico City to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16, these chiles are made with pork filling enhanced with chopped fruit, a creamy pine nut sauce topped with seasonal granadas (pomegranates). Normally, walnuts are used instead of pine nuts for the sauce, but I enjoy the flavor of pine nuts and wanted to try something different. You can use walnut, almonds or pine nuts.
- Pork (1 lbs.)
- Raisins (1 cup)
- Cinnamon (splash or so)
- Pear (2)
- Apple (1)
- Tomato (4)
- Jalapeño (2 I like it hot)
- Corn (1 cup)
- Onions (1)
- Peblano chiles (3 to 6)
- Lime (1)
- Cinnamon (dash)
- Pine nuts (1/2 cup or more)
- Yogurt (1/2 cup)
- Pomegranates (1)
- Pine nuts (couple)
Fire roast the Poblano chiles until the skin is burned, blistering and black.
Place the chiles into a plastic bag. Close the bag tightly to steam the chiles for about 5 minutes.
After the chiles have cold, peel all the blacken skin off the chiles and place aside in a bowl.
Cut the pork into bite size pieces or have your butcher chop the pork. Typically, the pork is minced or ground.
Cook the onions in a 12 inch fry pan for 3 minutes on medium-high
Add the chopped jalapenos and pork to the pan. Cook on medium for about 8 minutes or until the pork is browned and cooked.
Tomatoes, apples and pear - dice them up while you are waiting for the pork to cook.
Measure out the raisins, apple, pear, and corn.
Stirring the whole time, add all four ingredients to the 12 inch fry pan and cook on medium heat for about 12 minutes. After about 5 minutes, add cinnamon.
With a paring knife, cut a line from the stem to the bottom of the chile and take out the seeds.
Stuff the chiles with the pork filling by spooning the mix into the chili.
To make the Mexican cream, place the Greek yogurt, pine nuts, cinnamon, and lime juice into a Vitmix blender and 'pulse' until it's completely mixed together.
Garnish with beautiful colors
Plate the chile, spoon on cream and sprinkle with garnish. Happy Mexican Independence Day!
I didn't measure anything, but played it by ear with 4 tomatoes, 2 pears, 1 apple, 2 cups of pine nuts, 1 lime, 1 cup raisin, 1 cup corn and 1 pound of pork. I froze the leftover stuffing for later use.