Red Chili Peppers

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Chicharrones with Red Chile and Coleslaw

Red Chile:

Ingredients –  Dry Red Chile Pods, Garlic, Flour & Water

Directions – Clean chile pods by running under warm water, make sure to get the seeds out. Put pods in a blender (NOTE: The chile will stain your blender) and fill with hot water just enough to cover the pods. Add garlic cloves (I like a lot, add to taste). Pulse for about a minute and then blend until completely blended (you should see no skin from the chile), this takes some time.

At this point you can freeze the chile to use at a later date or you can continue the process if you plan on cooking with it right away.

In a pot brown about 1 tablespoon of flour with Crisco/Oil. Add the Red Chile and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. You can also add Flour mixed with water if need be to thicken.

Chicharrones:

Ingredients: Boneless Pork Chops, Crisco, Salt & Pepper

Cut pork chops into small square pieces. Warm Crisco (you don’t want to use too much Crisco, the point is for the pork to brown) in a large frying pan. Add Pork and fry turning frequently until golden brown. Salt and Pepper while frying. I like mine crispy.

Warm Tortillas in a frying pan. Serve Chicharrones on Tortilla or with a Tortilla and serve with red chile.

Cole Slaw:

Ingredients –  4 Cups Shredded Cabbage, 1/2 Cup Chopped Red Pepper, 2 Tablespoons Tarragon Vinegar, 1/2 Miracle Whip/ Mayo (personal preference, I use Mayo and just add a little Miracle Whip), 1 teaspoon Prepared Mustard, 2 Tablespoons Sugar and 1 teaspoon Salt.

Directions: Combine vegetables, sugar, salt, celery seed and pepper. Combine vinegar, mustard, and salad dressing. Add to vegetables and mix thoroughly. Makes 6 servings.

Author: Marci Romero

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