Green Chile Mashers

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units). It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews. Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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2 pasilla peppers
1 serrano pepper
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup 2 percent milk
1/4 cup butter, unsalted
1 cup shredded pepper jack
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish
1/4 cup cotija cheese, for garnish, optional


Heat a grill or broiler to medium-low. Rub the peppers lightly with the canola oil and put on a sheet pan. Roast the peppers until blackened, then transfer them to a paper bag or thick plastic bag to steam. When cool enough to handle, peel and remove the seeds, then dice. Set aside.

Add the potatoes to a large pot and cover with salted water. Cook the potatoes over medium-low heat until fork tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. When tender, drain and return the potatoes to the pot. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, pepper jack, salt, pepper, and the diced peppers. Mash by hand with a potato masher and adjust seasoning, if needed. Hold warm until ready to serve. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro and cotija, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

From Guy Fieri,