Chiles en Nogada

Today a friend asked me to share a recipe… and here it is:

Chiles en Nogada

 Chiles en Nogada

 The Picadillo (Meat filling)

Saute 1 kilo of ground pork with:

1 medium onion, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

Add salt and pepper to taste

When the meat is cooked, use a molcajete (mortar and pestle) or a coffee grinder to pulverize:
8 peppercorns
5 whole cloves
1/2 inch stick cinnamon

Add the ground spices to the meat mixture with:

2 heaping Tbsp blanched and slivered almonds
2 heaping Tbsp dried citrus fruit peel and salt to taste

Cut in tiny pieces, then add:
1   1/2 pounds of tomatoes,
2 pears, cored, peeled and chopped
2 peaches, pitted, peeled and chopped

Add: 100 grams of raisins

Mix everything together

The Chilies:

Put  10 chiles poblanos (and you MUST use this type of chili) straight into a fairly high flame or under a broiler and let the skin blister and burn. Turn the chiles from time to time so they do not get overcooked or burn right through. Wrap the chiles in a plastic bag and leave them for about 20 minutes. (they will sweat and the skin will be easier to remove) Once the skins have been peeled off, make a slit in the side of each chili and carefully remove the seeds and veins. Be careful to leave the top of the chili, the part around the base of the stem, intact. Rinse the chilies and pat them dry.

Stuff the chilies with the picadillo until they are well filled out. Set them on paper towels, cover with plastic wrap, and then put them in the fridge to chill (I make stuff the chilies the day before I plan on serving them)

The Nogada (walnut sauce)

Also on the day before you plan on eating the chilis:

Soak 2 cups of walnuts overnight in cold milk

On serving day (about 5 hours before eating) :

Drain and pulverize the nuts, then blend them with:
1 small piece white bread without crust
1 1/2 cups cream + 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
Large pinch of cinnamon

When the sauce is smooth, refrigerate it until it is cold.

 To Serve

Set the chilies on a plate and drizzel with the walnut sauce. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley leaves and pomegranate  seeds on top.

You can accompany this dish with guacamole, rice and tortillas.

***Note: Although the original recipe calls for walnuts, I often substitute pecans. The difference in flavor is there… but barely.

¡Buen Provecho!



Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

6 thoughts on “Chiles en Nogada

  1. I sent this recipe to a Mexican restaurant in Ottawa when I wanted them to make this for a friends 60th birthday. I thought they might have added it to their menu but no! Probably because it is not easy to make.

    Cheers Andrea 999-955-5716



    1. It is not “hard” to make but it is very labor-intensive and the ingredients are fairly expensive. As well, it must be eaten within a day or two. So, Chiles en Nogada is not the kind of recipe that restaurants look for, unless they are sure it will sell.


  2. I never realized CeN are served cold. No wonder the restaurant with the loose rabbit gets comments on Trip Advisor about having to send them back to be heated.


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