Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Chiles Anchos en Escabeche con Guacamole

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

4 medium size, dried ancho chiles

1 1/2 cups white vinegar

1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar

1 cup water

1 cone (6 1/2 ounces) piloncillo or 1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

6 garlic cloves, cut into strips

2 medium white onions, peeled and thinly sliced

5 bay leaves

10 sprigs thyme

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 tablespoon whole allspice

Avocado Filling, recipe follows

AVOCADO FILLING:

45 avocados, peeled and finely chopped

1 small white onion, peeled and finely chopped

1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

3 small serrano chiles or 1 small jalapeno chile, finely chopped

Juice of 2 limes

Sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Wash the chiles in warm water, carefully slit them open on one side, and remove the seeds and veins.
  2. Bring the white vinegar, red vinegar, and water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the piloncillo, oil, and salt. Heat until the piloncillo melts. Add the garlic, onions, bay leaves, thyme, peppercorns and allspice. Cook about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the chiles. Place all of the Chiles Anchos en Escabeche in a covered container and marinate one day at room temperature. They will hold, refrigerated, at least 1 week.
  3. Prepare the Avocado Filling just before serving.
  4. Drain the chiles and stuff with the Avocado Filling. Arrange on a serving platter and drench with the marinade. Decorate with the onion and garlic drained from the marinade. (The chiles may be sliced in half lengthwise and stuffed, for smaller portions.)

AVOCADO FILLING:

Yield: About 2 1/2 cups
  1. Mash the avocados with a fork and stir in the onions, cilantro, chiles, and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.