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Page Map » Food & Drink   |   updated 3/28/06

Fideos Secos
con Chorizo al Chipotle y Chicharron

Fideos Secos con Chorizo al Chipotle y Chicharron
(Noodles with chorizo sausage, chile chipotle & pork crackling)

  • 250 g (8oz) fideos cortes (short, very thin wheat noodles)
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 large white onion
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1 - 3 tablespoons (depending on your personal heat register) chile chipotle in adobe sauce (we use Del Monte brand)
  • 150 g (6oz) best quality chorizo sausage, without skin, finely chopped
  • 1 tabsp olive oil
  • 2 -3 cups chicken stock
  • 100 g (4 oz) fresh but firm cheese, grated (here we use Panela)
  • salt, pepper and Maggi seasoning to taste
  • 50g (2 oz) fresh chicharron, chopped (optional, but use fresh pork crackling or rinds if you can it)
  • cilantro or epazote leaves to decorate
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup fresh ranch cream (A slightly soured cream used a lot in Mexico - use creme fraiche or mix some sour cream with fresh pouring cream).
  • slices of avocado (optional)

Puree the tomatoes, onion and garlic in a blender.

Heat oil in a lidded pan or casserole. Add chorizo and saute over medium / low heat until golden - be careful not to burn. Reserving the oil and fat in the pan, drain the chorizo on paper towels. Add a little more oil to the pan if necessary, heat and add fideos. Cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Drain exess oil.

Add puree, chile chipotle in sauce and cook until sauce changes colour. Add chicken broth, starting with 2 cups and add more only if needed. Cook, covered over low heat, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook longer until liquid evaporates and fideos are cooked but not mushy. Check and adjust seasonings, adding more chipotle if you wish. Serve hot, with chorizo and all garnishes arranged on top.

Recipe courtesy of Rhonda M. Tranks & Vanessa Musi of Las Campanas, Cultural and Food Adventures in Mexico.

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