This recipe is an alteration of my favorite fried corn side dish I grew to love back home. Growing it up was fried sweet corn with a bit of butter salt and pepper. Now that I’m all grown up and my loving husband has introduced me to a world of new flavors from his time of Arizona, my comfort food side dish has taken on a whole new level of awesomeness.
I recently made this for a family gathering and had many requests to share the recipe. Here it is.
- 1/4 cup pork lard
- 4 cups of sweet corn
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 cloves of garlic diced
- 8 ounces roasted New Mexico Hatch Chilies (pealed and diced)
- 1 tbsp Corn meal or corn flour
- 1 tsp Jalapeno powder
- 1 tbsp Chili powder
- White soft quesadilla cheese
- Fresh Cilantro (optional)
- A pinch of salt
- Heat a cast iron skillet and melt your lard (Do not use Crisco or butter, it won’t taste the same).
- Saute the onion and garlic until limp.
- Add in your corn and fry on a medium heat. You want your corn to have a chard look to it.
- Add in your hatch chilies and continue “frying” in the skillet.
- Combine your jalapeno powder and chili powder together then add to your skillet, spreading it evenly over the corn while frying. Stir in.
- Sprinkle in your corn flower over top of the corn and fold it in evenly.
- When the corn has a “roasted” look to it (it will toughen up as well), take it off the heat and transfer it into a large pan or serving dish.
- Sprinkle with some chili powder, grated white Mexican cheese and the fresh cilantro.
- Can be served cold or hot.
Feel free to add in jalapeno slices, extra peppers, some jalapeno tomato dices or even some black beans. Yum.
Enjoy and be the hit of any late summer picnic!
Until next time,
Mrs. Kay L. Rice