Recipes

Welcome to the recipes page of Cheeky Chili.

This page is constantly evolving. We don’t promise to have every chili based recipe here, but we are constantly adding to the page. When we find a recipe we like, we tweak it and give it our own twist. Every recipe on this page started out as something else and we have given it a fine tuning and brought it for you to sample yourselves.

Chicken Jalfrezi a la Cheeky
A wonderfully spicy Indian dish, rich tomato sauce and an abundance of red pepper and onion make this classic an all time favourite
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Cuisine: Indian
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • The sauce:
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Tamarind concentrate
  • 1 green chilli, chopped (we use Thai hot, but any will do)
  • 1 tin plum tomatoes and juice
  • ½ litre water
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
    The Chicken & Vegetables
  • 3 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • ½ a large onion, sliced
  • 4 red chillis (we use Thai Hots, but any will do)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • a handful of fresh, chopped coriander leaves for serving
Instructions
  1. Take the chopped chicken and coat it in the cumin, ground coriander and turmeric then leave it to marinade in the fridge while you make the sauce.
  2. To make the sauce, fry the roughly chopped onions with the garlic and green chilli in a large pan until browned. Add the water and tamarind concentrate to the onion mixture and simmer this for around 20 minutes.
  3. While that is simmering, put the plum tomatoes in a food processor and give it a good whizz - aim for a smooth consistency. Heat another large pan and gently fry the ground coriander, cumin and turmeric in a splash of oil for about a minute. Add the tomato 'sauce' to this pan and simmer for around 10 minutes.
  4. Next give your onion mixture a good whizz in the food processor and add it to the spiced tomato sauce. Give it a stir and simmer for 20 minutes. You can make large batches of this sauce and freeze it for later use.
  5. Fry the marinaded chicken in oil and stir continuously. After a few minutes, turn down the heat and add the other half of the chopped onion, the red pepper and chillis. Stir this until the onions and pepper soften (and the chicken is cooked, of course).
  6. Add the earlier prepared sauce to the cooked chicken and simmer for around 10-20 minutes. Just before you dish it up, stir in the garam masala and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.
Notes
Cheeky Chili Tip: If you like a sweeter curry, add a tablespoon of Golden Syrup to the sauce as you are simmering.
For more heat, use habanero or go totally crazy with a Bhut Jolokia, Moruga Scorpion or even Carolina Reaper

 
Chilis Rellenos
Stuffed chilies are popular all over Mexico. The type of chili used differs from region to region, but larger chilies are obviously easier to stuff than smaller ones. Poblanos and Anaheims are quite mild, but you can use hotter chilies if you prefer.
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 6 fresh Poblano or Anaheim chilies
  • 2 potatoes, total weight about 400g / 14oz
  • 200g / 7oz cream cheese
  • 200g / 7oz grated mature cheddar cheese
  • 5ml / 1 tsp salt
  • 2.5ml / ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 115g / 4oz plain flour
  • 2.5ml / ½ tsp white pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Chili flakes to garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Make a neat slit down one side of each chili. Place them in a dry frying pan over a moderate heat, turning them frequently until the skins blister.
  2. Place the chilies in a strong plastic bag and tie the top to keep the steam in. Set aside for 20 minutes, then carefully peel off the skins and remove the seeds through the slits, keeping the chilies whole. Dry the chilies with kitchen paper and set them aside.
  3. Scrub or peel the potatoes and cut them into 1cm/½in dice. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add the potatoes and let the water return to boiling point. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender. Do not overcook. Drain them thoroughly.
  4. Put the cheese in a bowl and stir in the grated cheese, with 2.5ml/½ tsp of the salt and the black pepper. Add the potato and mix gently.
  5. Spoon some of the potato filling into each chili. Put them on a plate, cover with clear film and chill for 1 hour so that the filling becomes firm.
  6. Put the egg whites in a clean, grease free bowl and whisk them to firm peaks. In a separate bowl, beat the yolks until pale, then fold in the whites. Scrape the mixture on to a large, shallow dish. Spread out the flour in another shallow dish and season it with the remaining salt and the white pepper.
  7. Heat the oil for deep frying to 190ºC/375ºF. Coat a few chilies first in flour and then in egg before adding carefully to the hot oil.
  8. Fry the chilies in batches until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot, garnished with a sprinkle of chili flakes for extra heat, if desired.
Notes
Cheeky Chili Tip: Take care when making the filling; mix gently, trying not to break up the potato pieces.

Carnitas
Succulent little pieces of meat, usually pork, carnitas, literally ‘Little meats’, can be eaten as part of a main dish or used to fill tacos or burritos. They are also served with salsa as snacks or Antojitos (nibbles).
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8 appetizer or 6 main
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Ingredients
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 10ml / 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 5ml/ 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1.5kg / 3-3½ mixed boneless pork (loin and leg)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2.5ml /½ salt
  • 200g / 7oz lard
  • 1 orange, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 small onion, thickly sliced
  • Warm wheat flour tortillas, to serve
  • [For the salsa
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 white onion
  • 8-10 picked jalapeno chili slices
  • 45ml/3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
Instructions
  1. Crumble the bay leaves into a mortar. Add the dried thyme and dried marjoram and grind the mixture with a pestle to a fine powder.
  2. Cut the pork into 5cm/2in cubes and place it in a non-metallic bowl. Add the herbs and salt. Using your fingers, rub the spice mixture into the meat. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.br]
  3. To make the salsa, remove the stems from the coriander and chop the leaves roughly. Cut the onion in half, then slice each half thinly. Finely chop the jalapeno chili slices.
  4. Mix all the salsa ingredients in a bowl, pour over the freshly squeezed orange juice and toss gently to mix. Cover and chill until required.
  5. Heat the lard in a flame-proof casserole. Add the pork mixture, with the oranges, garlic cloves and onion. Brown the pork cubes on all sides.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, lift out the onion and garlic and discard. Cover the casserole and continue to cook over a low heat for about 1½ hours.
  7. Remove the lid and lift out and discard the orange wedges. Continue to cook the mixture, uncovered, until all the meat juices have been absorbed and the pork cubes are crisp on the outside and tender and moist inside. Serve with warm tortillas and the salsa.

Lamb Stew with Chilli Sauce
The chilies in this stew add depth and richness to the sauce, while the potato slices ensure that it is substantial enough to serve on its own.
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 6 guajillo chilies, seeded
  • 2 pasilla chilies, seeded
  • 250ml/8fl oz hot water
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5ml/1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2.5ml/½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2.5ml/½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 15ml/1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg/2¼lb lean boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 2cm/¾in cubes
  • 400g/14oz potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1cm/½in thick slices
  • Salt
  • Strips of red pepper and fresh oregano to garnish
Instructions
  1. Snap or tear the dried chilies into large pieces, put them in a bowl and pour over the hot water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes, then tip the contents of the bowl into a food processor or blender. Add the garlic and spices. Process until smooth.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the lamb cubes, in batches, and stir-fry over a high heat until the cubes are browned on all sides.
  3. Return all the lamb cubes to the pan, spread them out, then cover them with a layer of potato slices. Add salt to taste. Put a lid on the pan and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour over the chili mixture and mix well. Replace the lid and simmer over a low heat for about 1 hour or until the meat and the potato are tender. Serve with a rice dish, and garnish with strips of red pepper and fresh oregano.
Notes
Cheeky Chili Tip: When frying the lamb, don’t be tempted to cook too many cubes at one time, as the meat will steam rather than fry.

Spicy Crab with Green Rice
This is a popular dish in the western coastal areas of Mexico. Prawns can be used instead of crab meat if you prefer and the dish also works well with warm corn tortillas.
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 225g/8oz long grain white rice
  • 500g/1¼lbs frained canned tomatillos
  • Large bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 poblano or other fresh green chilies, seeded and chopped.
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 45ml/3 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g/1¼lb crab meat
  • 300ml/½ pint fish stock
  • 60ml/4 tbsp dry white wine
  • Salt
  • Sliced spring onions, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Put the rice in heat-poof bowl, pour over boiling water to cover and leave to stand for 20 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
  2. Put the tomatillos in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Chop half the coriander and add to the tomatillo puree, with the onion, chilies and garlic. Process again until smooth.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the rice and fry over a moderate heat for 5 minutes, until all the oil has been absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking.
  4. Stir in the tomatillo mixture with the crab meat, stock and wine. Cover and cook over a low heat for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir occasionally and add a little more liquid if the rice starts to stick to the pan. Add salt as required, then spoon into a dish and garnish with the remaining coriander and the sliced spring onions. Green salad and lime wedges make good accompaniments.

Salmon with Tequila Cream Sauce
Salmon, Tequila and cream bend together harmoniously to create a delicate, but delightful dish
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 3 fresh jalapeno chilies
  • 45ml/3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 150ml/¼ pint fish stock
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lime
  • 120ml/4fl oz single cream
  • 30ml/2 tbsp reposada tequila
  • 1 firm avocado
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • Salt and ground white pepper
  • Strips of green pepper and fresh flat leaved parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Roast the chilies in a frying pan until the skins are blistered, being careful not to let the flesh burn. Put them in a strong plastic bag and tie the top to keep the steam in. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat 15ml/1 tbsp of the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and fry for 3-4 minutes, then add the stock, lime rind and juice. Cook for 10 minutes, until the stock starts to reduce. Remove the chilies from the bag and peel off the skins, slit and scrape out the seeds.
  3. Stir the cream into the onion and stock mixture. Slice the chili flesh into strips and add to the pan. Cook over a gentle heat, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  4. Stir the tequila into the onion and chili mixture. Leave the pan over a very low heat. Peal the avocado, remove the stone and slice the flesh. Brush the salmon fillets on one side with a little of the remaining oil.
  5. Heat a frying pan or ridged grill pan until very hot and add the salmon, oiled side down. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the underside is golden, then brush the top with oil, turn each fillet over and cook the other side until the fish is cooked and flakes easily when tested with the tip of a sharp knife.
  6. Serve on a pool of sauce, with the avocado slices. Garnish with strips of green pepper and fresh parsley. This is good with fried potatoes.
Notes
Tip: Use Reposada Tequila, which is lightly aged, for this sauce. It has a smoother, more rounded flavour, which goes well with the cream.

 

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