Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Chiles con Arrozo y Chorizo (Chiles Stuffed with Rice and Chorizo)

My day started out so nice. And now that I have eaten, I am in a lovely mood once again.

But an hour ago? Ooh baby...I was steaming.

Here is the scoop...

Earlier in July, I went to get a car wash. A pretty standard event I think. Only trouble was, that a few days later I noticed the headlight windshield wiper thingy had broken off, and my guess was the car wash was to blame.

It was so sad, I got a bit pouty. It made my car look all lopsided. Like an eyebrow was missing.

Then today, I went to get it cleaned once again, since its been so dusty and whatall, not thinking another disaster would strike.

I was all clever too, and chose a "touchless" wash. So what do you think happened now? A part of my car FLEW off. I don't even really know how to explain my shock.

It was so bizarre! A huge strip of car came at the poor guys head at warp speed. Nearly severed his arm.


I was so flustered, I hopped in the still wet car and went right to my dealership to beg their assistance in righting this wrong.

Why to the dealership you ask? Why not just to a regular mechanic? Why drive from one end of town to another just to have a bit glued backo on and a wiper replaced?

Why? Because, I swear, the people who sell my brand of car have bullied every independent auto mechanic in the greater Los Angeles area into insisting that owners can ONLY get work done by that dealer. No one else in this town will touch my car. Its a conspiracy I tell ya! A conspiracy.

And when you get there? They are so suave. And kind. And helpful. (Except its all a facade.) Makes me - almost - feel bad that I normally think they are criminals with an agenda...

Then they dropped the info I was hoping not to hear... it would be six hours before they could fix it. Four hours before they could glue the bit back on! They offered me a ride home, and then a ride back when it was done.

I had no choice. I was at their mercy. The bandits.

After the total freak out over the pending cost of this debacle, I took them up on their offer and was ushered right on home. My head swimming, my blood sugar low. I thought I needed to lay down from the trauma, but on further reflection, I realized I just needed to eat.

Trapped a few miles from the nearest market, I made lunch with what was on hand.

Not bad really, not bad at all. Actually insanely tasty! And I got to use my favorite Mexican cheese, Cotija. The best.

A perfect, complete meal, ready in a snap.

Unlike my car...

Try it, and enjoy!

4 large poblano chiles (mild)
1 cup whitea rice, cooked in salted chicken broth
Vegetable oil
1/2 cup chorizo
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup black beans1 medium tomato, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced small
1 jalapeno chile, minced
2 T. tequila
1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Slice a portion of the chile off, to create an opening you can stuff (see picture). Remove any ribs and seeds and lightly oil the exterior. Place each chile on a separate piece of aluminum foil that will be large enough to wrap around it.

Saute the chorizo, garlic, beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, chile and tequila rice together in a large pan over medium heat until the veg are soft. Drain if needed (Chorizo is quite fatty) and add the rice to heat through.

Carefully spoon the rice/chorizo into the peppers. Wrap tightly and place on a baking sheet or in an oven proof casserole. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven, carefully unwrap, top with cheese and serve with salsa fresca.

Makes four servings.


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Sorry about your car. The stuffed chile looks great though. Sometimes I make the best food on my worst of days.
Beautiful picture! I love cotija cheese as well. It's fantastic crumbled on top of a limey guacamole. Very sorry about your car. Hope it's all better now.
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EEK! I hear you about bad car days. But what a wonderful way to make it better with a beautifully stuffed chile! YUM!

Good luck with the car!
I love poblano chiles .
Oh dear......the car again......Sorry to hear about that!

Your stuffed chiles, though, look divine. For me, I'd leave out the chorizo, as I'm not much of a sausage fan. What did you wrap the chiles with? You mentioned wrapping them. Do you mean closing them up again?
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