Queso Verde Dip

This chile pepper is often mislabeled ‘Pasilla’, which is a different pepper entirely.It is one of the most popular chiles in Mexico and has won the appreciation of many a chef worldwide because of the superior flavor it has over regular bell peppers. They have a tough outer skin that usually requires roasting and peeling before use. These very large chile peppers are most popular in chiles rellenos recipes, but cooking with these as a substitute for bell peppers in any recipe will enhance the flavor.

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1 pound uncooked ground turkey
3/4 cup chopped onion (1 large)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 16 ounce jar green salsa (salsa verde)
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, cut up
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)
1 medium poblano pepper, seeded and chopped*
1 tablespoon Worcestershire-style marinade for chicken
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
Tortilla chips


In a large skillet cook ground turkey and onion in hot oil over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain off fat.
In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine turkey mixture, salsa, cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, poblano pepper, Worcestershire marinade, cumin, and garlic.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. Stir until cream cheese is blended. Serve immediately or keep covered on warm or low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes 22 (1/4-cup) servings.

From the Test Kitchen:

Because hot chile peppers, such as poblanos, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

From bhg.com