Green Chile, Cheddar, and Goat Cheese Croquettes

Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.

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2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups cornmeal, coarse
3/4 Tbsp black peppercorns, cracked
1 cup flour
8 oz goat cheese, soft
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1 Tbsp green chiles or chipotles, roasted, peeled, and chopped
2 cups vegetable oil


Whip eggs and milk together. Mix cornmeal and peppercorns together. Place flour on wax paper. Combine goat cheese, cheddar, and chile, then divide the mixture into six equal parts. Roll into balls.

Dredge the goat cheese mixture in flour, then in the egg wash, then in the cornmeal mixture, being careful to coat the cheese completely.

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat to 375 degrees and fry the cheese balls until golden brown. Remove the cheese balls with a slotted spoon and place onto paper towels. Serve with a mango-chipotle salsa, if available.

Serves 6.

Slightly adapted from