Mexican Pillows

Two cultures collide when I use Mexican flavors and wrap them up inside a Chinese wonton.  It just works! I created this recipe for a Super Bowl appetizer and they were a lot of fun to make.  The nice thing about them is you can substitute with any meat, cheese and/or vegetables you like!

Ingredients:

  • Wonton wrappers
  • Chorizo
  • Red Onion
  • Garlic
  • Jalapenos
  • Tomatillo pepper
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Cream cheese (about 1/4 of a cup)
  • Asiago cheese
  • Lime (juice and zest)
  • Ancho chili powder
  • 1 slice bacon
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  • Saute onion, garlic, jalapenos, and tomatillo peppers for a few minutes. Add s&p.
  • Take chorizo out of the casing and add to pan.

  • Let ingredients cook for a few moments, add ancho chili powder, salt, pepper, the juice and zest from 1/2 lime.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for a few moments in the food processor. In the mean time cook a slice of bacon on the pan.  Soak up any excess grease.  Add chorizo mixture, bacon and  fresh cilantro in the food processor and blend together.

  • Remove from blender and put in a bowl. Add both cheeses and mix well.  Keep in mind you can use any cheese you  like.
  • Take out a wonton wrapper and place 1 spoon full in the center.  Dip your finger in water and wet the edges.  Then fold it in half.

  • For some texture, you can use a fork around the edges of the pillow.
  • After you have finished assembling your pillows, spray well with olive oil on a baking sheet.  Bake in the oven until brown (about 15-20 minutes).  Of course you can fry them in some oil but I always prefer the healthier option. They still come out hot and crispy!

If you would like a dip for these Mexican Pillows try mixing avocado with sour cream and add some spices! It provides a cool relief to the hot and spicy pillows.  Enjoy!

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