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Potatoes with Ancho Pepper (Papas Anchos)

These rustic Mexican Scalloped Potatoes, or Potatoes with Ancho Pepper, (Papas Anchos), are filled with cheese and crushed ancho chilies. Great with any grilled foods including burgers, these also are perfect with roast chicken!
These rustic Mexican Scalloped Potatoes, Papas Anchos, are filled with cheese and crushed ancho chilies. Great with any grilled foods including burgers, these also are perfect with roast chicken! #potatoes #mexicanfood #chilies

If you’ve read any of my blogs you know I love potatoes. Growing up I think my mother only made boiled or baked so my love affair with potatoes really happened when I left home. Not that I don’t like a good baked potato, but my mother thought microwaving a potato was the same as baking one. They were always wrapped in wax paper and really weren’t my fave. It wasn’t until I had a real baked potato with a well roasted skin that I decided baked potatoes were OK. Or maybe it was the sour cream, bacon and chives that were the part I fell in love with. In any case, growing up I missed out on hash brown and scalloped potatoes and especially these Mexican Scalloped Potatoes. We did have frozen French fries and maybe a tater tot or two. We did have potato salad but usually it was store bought. I can’t ever remember oven roasted potatoes. Woe is me.

Well, I’m always on the lookout for a good potato recipe. I’ve never seen too many Mexican potato recipes. And I never knew there were Chinese potato recipes. But there are both! Potato recipes are everywhere! I haven’t seen too many traditional Mexican potato dishes but there are a few from New Mexico and that is good enough for me. I love potatoes in Mexican dishes and stuffing potatoes into burritos and then I found this recipe. It isn’t quite scalloped potatoes but it does have a Mexican name and contains ancho peppers. Sold!

These rustic Mexican Scalloped Potatoes, Papas Anchos, are filled with cheese and crushed ancho chilies. Great with any grilled foods including burgers, these also are perfect with roast chicken! #potatoes #mexicanfood #chilies

These rustic scalloped potatoes are easily made. Slice into wedges and toss with cheese, onions, olive oil and cream. Throw in a few crunched up ancho chilies. If you are anything like me, I have a lot of dried chilies on hand and some always need a home. Mine were so dried out that I crushed them in my hand and threw them in. I think they give a better flavor than using chile powder. That’s about it.

Perfect with any grilled dish or a roast chicken these cheesy chile wedges were superb with burgers and  a welcome change from French fries. Papas Anchos are much less fussy than scalloped potatoes. And sometimes less fussy is just what I need.

These rustic Mexican Scalloped Potatoes, Papas Anchos, are filled with cheese and crushed ancho chilies. Great with any grilled foods including burgers, these also are perfect with roast chicken! #potatoes #mexicanfood #chilies

A Few More Potato Ideas:
Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes from Boulder Locavore
Mexican Hash Brown Stack from A Beautiful Plate
Mexican Skillet Potatoes from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

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Potatoes with Ancho Pepper (Papas Anchos)

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 75 Minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings
  • Category: Side Dish, Vegetable, Starch
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mexican/American

Description

These rustic Mexican Scalloped Potatoes, Papas Anchos, are filled with cheese and crushed ancho chilies. Great with any grilled foods including burgers, these also are perfect with roast chicken!



Ingredients

2-3 lbs boiling potatoes (unpeeled and quartered, or if your potatoes are big, make a few more wedges)

4 oz feta cheese

4 oz Asadero cheese or any good melting cheese like Monterey Jack or Mozzarella, grated

1/2 medium onion, sliced thin

2 T olive oil

1/2 t garlic powder

1 t coarse salt

1/2 t oregano

2 dried ancho chilies, stemmed and seeded, crushed or sliced into thin ribbons

1/2 c heavy cream

1/2 c Asadero cheese shredded for topping

2 green onions, chopped for garnish


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except the scallions and cheese for topping. Toss well.

Transfer to an oven proof casserole that will hold your potatoes in one layer. Cover with lid or foil and bake for about 1 hour or until potatoes are tender.

Remove foil and top with reserved shredded cheese. Place under a preheated broiler and broil until cheese melts. Remove from oven and top with scallions.


Notes

Adapted from Two Hot Tamales

Keywords: Anchos Potatoes

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Angie Schneider
    April 21, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Looks super duper delicious! I would lick the whole casserole clean, Abbe, so yummy!

  • Reply
    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    April 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I've got to try this recipe and soon. Like you, I have a basket full of dried chile in my pantry that need a potato home. Pinning.

  • Reply
    Kitchen Riffs
    April 21, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Potatoes are great, aren't they? I've got a potato recipe that you'll LOVE that I really need to blog one of these days. But heck, with these potatoes, why should I? This looks SO GOOD! Lotta flavor in these — thanks.

  • Reply
    Liz Berg
    April 21, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    You have been cooking up a storm! There are big potato fans in this house and this cheesy, spicy recipe must taste as good as it looks!

  • Reply
    Nammi
    April 22, 2018 at 6:10 am

    oh yumm, I dont mind eating that as a main meal! or just give me the whole tray.

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    April 22, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Goodness Abbe – these are some gorgeous spuds! That color and all those flavors. A must try for sure!

  • Reply
    Sippity Sup
    April 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    I make a similar dish with mashed potatoes but the wedges add yet another delicious dimension. GREG

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    mimi rippee
    April 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    I cannot wait to make this.

  • Reply
    mjskit
    April 27, 2018 at 2:57 am

    How I wish I had seen this earlier today. I had some potatoes that I need to use and this dish would have gone great with grilled flank steak. Next time! Pinned.

  • Reply
    Toni @ BoulderLocavore.com
    May 2, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Oh my word Abbe! My mouth is watering something fierce right now. These are all ingredients I love! Beautiful recipe.

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