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Poblano Peppers Stuffed with Beans, Chicken and Figs
Posted By Ben On March 30, 2012 @ 9:10 am In Main Dishes | 11 Comments
Stuffing peppers is always fun. I used to avoid making any kind of chile relleno because I found the task of roasting and cleaning the poblano peppers very tedious. But now, while roasting a pepper to be stuffed, I only try to think about how delicious it’s going to taste. That makes the whole process a lot easier and a lot more fun. Besides, who doesn’t love the smoky aroma of a roasted poblano pepper?
I promised that I was going to post some bean recipes these weeks as a part of my ongoing series of posts featuring beans. This week when I was at my local market I was looking at different types of ingredients to come up with a recipe that used them. I found the beautiful frijoles flor de mayo (May flower beans) you see in the picture above and bought half a kilo of them. I also bought half a kilo of Peruvian beans that I will be using for another recipe next week.
Flor the mayo beans are a variety native to Mexico that has been making its way into the U.S. market lately. If you can find them in your grocery store or Mexican store, I strongly recommend buying a batch. They are delicious!
Once the beans have been cooked and the poblano peppers roasted, this recipe becomes easy and fast to make. To cook beans I clean them and wash them thoroughly and then soak them overnight. I cooked these beans with 4 cloves, salt and 1 smashed garlic clove until they were tender. That gave them a lot of additional flavor.
I was very excited when I was buying the ingredients at the market for this recipe. But I must confess that when I started making it I wasn’t sure I was going to like the final result. Something was missing. And then, it hit me. The answer was right in front of me. A batch of figs I had bought to make a dessert ended up in the mix with the beans and chicken breast for the peppers stuffing. It was a great combination.
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