Appetizers

Beer-Battered Jalapenos with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce

by Shawnda on May 27, 2014

in Appetizers,Chipotle peppers

Beer Battered Jalapenos

That basket of delicious, deep-fried napalm is made of three of my very favorite things: beer, deep-fried [fill-in-the-blank], and to fill in the blank – fresh, weapons-grade jalapenos.

The first time I had fried jalapenos was at a post-Big Brother Sweatshop after-work-meeting after-party. Because it wasn’t enough that you had to spend 9 hours inside that soul-sucking prison, then the Medium Brothers expected you to meet after work, and then to socialize after that. For free.

Beer Battered Jalapenos

But they frequently paid in decent munchies and not-so-decent beer. The Fried Jalapenos served alongside a dipping bowl of ranch dressing (because this is Texas) was my favorite thing about my time served there.

The fried jalapenos back then were of the pickled, canned nacho variety – not the greatest thing to ever happen to a jalapeno. I prefer fresh jalapenos for the tender-crisp texture, the absence of that vinegary aftertaste, and the fact that they’re easily accessible (and usually abundant) in my backyard.

Beer Battered Jalapenos

We fried the fresh jalapeno slices up in my friend Laura’s beer batter and then served them up alongside some Chipotle Ranch for dipping. And a glass of milk. Because sweet baby Firestarter Jesus, those things were HOT.

Beer Battered Jalapenos

Beer Battered Jalapenos

Fresh jalapeno slices are coated in a dark beer batter, deep fried, and served alongside cool and spicy Chipotle Ranch dressing.

Ingredients

  • For the batter:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup dark beer
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • 1 dozen large jalapenos, cut in 1/3-inch slices
  • Vegetable oil
  • For the dipping sauce
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 Tbsp minced chipotles in adobe

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and then add the beer.
  2. Mix well and then set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Line a plate with paper towels.
  4. Pour enough oil to come up 1.5 inches in a small pot and heat over medium-high heat.
  5. Working with 8-12 slices at a time, dip the slices in the batter and then drop into the hot oil.
  6. Fry 3-4 minutes, until golden brown, flipping the slices halfway through.
  7. Remove with a slotted spatula and let drain on the paper towels.
  8. Stir the ranch and chipotles together and serve alongside the fried jalapenos for dipping.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Batter barely adapted from Tide & Thyme

Estimated time: 1 hour

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Barbecue Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

I have been on a major grilled pineapple kick lately. Like, mayjah.

Guacamole, burgers, margaritas, and of course – those nachos.

Barbecue Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

The other two people in this house are not so… passionate about grilled pineapple. There have been eyerolls and little remarks and sighs.

Nor are they passionate about taking the contents of 5 leftover bowls from the fridge and making… that.

But those other two people in this house didn’t complain one bit about dinner last night.

Barbecue Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

The Internet’s favorite queso serves as the cheesy nacho base, which I then topped with leftover chicken tossed with barbecue sauce, grilled pineapple, thinly sliced red onion, weapons-grade-hot chopped jalapeno (but only on half – Thank, God!) and cilantro.

OF COURSE THEY DIDN’T COMPLAIN.

BBQ Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

Cheesy nachos topped with barbecue chicken, grilled pineapple, and red onion.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 recipe Chile con Queso
  • ~2 cups of shredded chicken (from about 2 small chicken breasts)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 grilled pineapple rings, diced*
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Chopped fresh jalapeno
  • Large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • *Slice fresh pinepple 1/2-inch thick, remove core, and grill over med-high for ~5 minutes a side, until charred.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Spread the tortilla chips on a large baking pan.
  3. Toss the shredded chicken with barbecue sauce in a small bowl.
  4. Top the chips with queso, barbecue chicken, sliced red onion, and diced pineapple.
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes and remove from oven.
  6. Top with jalapeno and cilantro, serve hot.

Notes

Yields: 8 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Loaded Fries with Chile con Queso

“You’re going to get me kicked off the internet for this.”

Not the first time I’ve said those words to Jason… probably won’t be the last, either.

But he has a point. There is no such thing as too much queso. Nor is there any shortage of things to do with the leftovers. Especially if you have no shame and even less regard for cholesterol levels. Hi, I’m Shawnda :)

Loaded Fries with Chile con Queso

On Cinco Eve, when you’re trying to decide whether you should double or triple your favorite queso recipe between sips of margarita (of course) – go with the little tequila bottle whispering in your ear.

Triple it.

Because if your friends disappoint you and don’t lick the bowl clean, you have options.

Loaded Fries with Chile con Queso

There’s Eggs Benedict. And not that you really need anymore options after that because [swoon]…

Then there’s that thing where you dump it over a pan of enchiladas for the ultimate cheesy enchiladas. Or over a chicken cheesesteak for a killer sandwich.

Loaded Fries with Chile con Queso

And then there’s scooping the leftovers over a pan of oven-baked fries (because frying anything destined to be covered in cheese is kind of irresponsible). And then top it with a mound of pico de gallo (vegetables!) and avocado (avocado!) and a few squeezes of lime juice (expensive!).

Loaded Fries with Chile con Queso

Loaded Queso Fries

The ultimate Cinco de Mayo hangover cure: baked french fries topped with leftover queso, pico de gallo, and avocado.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Bake fries according to package instructions.
  2. Warm the queso and then scoop over the still-hot fries and lightly toss.
  3. Serve topped with a generous scoop of pico de gallo, diced avocado, and the juice from the lime wedges.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

Let’s be honest here – anything more than salt, lemon, a little lime, and avocado isn’t really necessary to make guacamole. It’s pretty perfect, just like that. But that doesn’t mean you have to – or should – stop there. I know I almost never do.

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

For this year’s Cinco (Cuatro) de Mayo Bash, I was thinking of doing a “guacamole bar” al a my friend Josie with bowls of fun toppings for guests to top their own smashed perfection, things like:

Pico de gallo
Chopped jalapenos
Grilled pineapple
Goat cheese
Bacon
Mexican grilled corn, cut off the cob
Grilled tomatillos
And a mountain of cilantro.

Because I’ve yet to discover that line where “too much cilantro” is actually too much cilantro. (As long as chocolate isn’t involved, I’m not sure that line exists.)

Guacamole with Goat Cheese, Grilled Mexican Corn, and Bacon

For this batch, I took three of those ingredients: The kernels cut from two Mexican grilled corn cobs, some tangy goat cheese, and a couple slices of salty, smokey, crispy bacony bacon. And I made what was quite possibly the best guacamole combo ever. (You know, aside from “best guacamole ever” that is simply the bare minimum.)

Guacamole with Grilled Corn, Bacon, and Goat Cheese

Guacamole studded with grilled Mexican corn, tangy goat cheese, and smokey bacon.

Ingredients

  • 3 large avocados, seeded and diced.
  • Juice of 1 small-ish lemon (~2-3 Tbsp)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • Kernels cut from 2 Mexican grilled corn cobs
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 slices of thick cut bacon, crumbled
  • Large handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Smash the avocado with lemon juice, lime juice, and salt.
  2. Fold in the corn, goat cheese, bacon, and cilantro.
  3. Serve cold or room temperature.
  4. For breakfast or a party.
  5. Or lunch.

Notes

Yields: ~3 cups

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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