Recipe courtesy of Jose Jalil Dib

Chiles in Sauce: Chiles en Nogada

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 2 hr
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 poblano chiles

Sauce (Nogada):

1/2 cup walnut halves

3 teaspoons fresh peeled almonds

3 teaspoons fresh Mexican cheese

1 tablespoon milk, plus 1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon dry sherry

Sugar, to season


2 teaspoons lard

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/4 cup coarsely ground pork loin

1/4 cup coarsely ground beef

3 teaspoons peeled and chopped biznaga (crystallized jicama)

1 whole clove

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch salt and black pepper

Pinch sugar

1 tablespoon peeled and chopped apple, plus 1 teaspoon

3 teaspoons peeled and chopped pear

3 teaspoons peeled and chopped peach

3 teaspoons chopped banana

3 teaspoons dried peach

3 teaspoons chopped raisins

3 teaspoons dry sherry

2 1/2 teaspoons capers

2 1/2 teaspoons green olives

2 1/2 teaspoons chopped almonds


2 eggs, separated

2 1/2 tablespoons flour


1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

2 sprigs fresh parsley


  1. Roast poblano chiles over open flame. Cool in a paper bag, remove skin and seeds.
  2. For the nogada, in a blender add the nuts, the almonds, and the fresh cheese. Control the thickness of the mix by adding milk and sherry, and season with sugar as needed. Set aside.
  3. In a saute pan, add the lard, onion, and garlic, then add meats and saute. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the biznaga with the clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and pour into the mix seasoning with sugar and salt.
  5. Blend all fruits, olives, capers, almonds, and dry sherry. When the mix is cool, stuff the chiles with it. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy, then add blended yolks.
  6. In a frying pan, heat oil. Cover stuffed chiles with a thin coat of flour and then into the egg batter. Fry the chiles until golden brown. Turn chiles as they cook to make a nice round shape.
  7. Put the fried chile on a decorative platter, cover the whole chile with the nogada, and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on the top, and garnish with two sprigs of fresh parsley.