These sweet chile rellenos are a loved-for-generations family recipe sent into Familia Kitchen by one of our favorite Mexican food cocineras Anjie Villalobos. “Our Grandma Pino would make these New Mexican-style ground beef and hatch chile rellenos all the time growing up. It was a signature dish in the Pino household. Cousins remember going over to grandma’s house and making them with her.
“Now my mom, Zelma, Grandma Pino’s oldest daughter, continues the tradition and makes them every Thanksgiving. We are thankful we can continue to share this recipe with generations to follow,” says Anjie, who lives in Southern California, near her close family—including her mother, two daughters and three grandchildren—all of whom love her cooking—which spans New Mexican and Mexican traditional dishes.
“Migrating from Spain with Hernán Cortes in the 16th century, much of our family settled in Sante Fe, New Mexico,” Anjie says. ”Later generations spread out through the southwest but always maintained deep ties with Santa Fe. Our family’s passion for cooking was inspired by our grandmother and is rooted in the belief that cooking is an act of love. Many of our favorite family recipes are inspired by our New Mexican roots and the flavors of the southwest.”
“We have yet to find this recipe on any restaurant menu, even in New Mexico. The recipe varies from family member to family member,“ Anjie adds. ”The following is Grandma Ernestina C. de Baca Pino’s version, and in our very biased opinion, it is indeed the best!”
To try more of Anjie’s southwestern and Mexican family recipes, check out her green chile chicken pozole, avocado and serrano salsa, Mexican frijoles de olla or refried beans, and handmade corn tortillas.
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