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Beef & Walnut Stuffed Dried Chiles
Beef & Walnut Stuffed Dried Chiles

Ingredients

15 dried chile peppers, soaked in water
300 g ground beef
120 g walnuts, coarsely ground
50 g onion, diced
20 g butter, unsalted
salt
pepper
thyme
Stuffing vegetables is nothing new. However, have you ever tried beef and walnut stuffed dried chiles? Probably not. Well, you've missed a lot!

Instructions

1.A few hours before you start cooking, put the chiles into a bowl and cover them with warm water. Let them reconstitute so you can stuff them easily later on.
2.Use a large pan to saute diced onions over some olive oil or butter. Keep on sauteing until it softens, than add ground beef and let it cook on medium heat until it changes color.
3.Add ground walnuts and herbs and spices to the sauteed meat. Mix everything until it is evenly combined and united. Let it cook for a while longer (5-10 minutes)
4.Preheat the oven to 180°C (375°F). Remove the stuffing from heat and drain the chiles. Use a teaspoon to stuff chiles. As you are stuffing them, start arranging them in a casserole.
5.Once you have finished and all the chiles are stuffed, cover the casserole with aluminum foil (use a fork to make small holes in it) and pop it into the oven. Let them cook in the oven for about 45-60 minutes. You can remove the foil near the end.
6.Once your chiles are cooked, take them out of the oven, let them cool down a little bit, and serve them with sour cream or Greek yogurt.

You have probably tried stuffing vegetables before, so stuffed dried chiles are no news. However, this combination of ingredients for stuffing is a bit unusual. On top of that, I will be stuffing dried chiles, not fresh ones. If you are not into spicy foods, you can swap chiles with regular sweet (dried) bell peppers.

Drying chiles is more than just a way to preserve their flavor. They have a distinctive flavor, so they are used in a different way than fresh chiles. In fact, the dried and fresh version of the same species often have different names. For some of the species, you would never guess it is essentially the same chile. More about dried chiles here.

There are numerous ways to use dried chiles (or dried peppers). You can dice or turn them into powder and add as seasoning to different dishes or sauces. Or you can do as I am to – let them soak in hot water to reconstitute and stuff them.

Stuffing I am about to present can be used for different dishes. It is simple and quickly made and you can easily adjust it to your taste. You can substitute or omit herbs and spices I used for this delicious dish.

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