Chapulines

Recipe courtesy of Hugos
Show: Chuck's Eat the Street Episode: Houston Goes Global

Photo: Chapulines

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 45 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 1 serving
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

MOJO DE AJO:
  • 1/2 cup whole peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 chipotle peppers, seeded and cut into strips
GUACAMOLE:
  • 6 tomatillos
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 purple onion, diced
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 4 avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
TOMATILLO-CHIPOTLE SALSA:
  • 3 seeded, deveined guajillo peppers, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained
  • 2 chipotle peppers, seeded
  • Pinch salt
TO ASSEMBLE:
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 small tortillas
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Directions

For the mojo de ajo: Pulse the garlic in food processor until it is finely chopped but not pureed. In a heavy-bottomed, non-aluminum saucepan, combine the oil and garlic. Simmer until the garlic is golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes (do not let it burn). Remove from the heat and add the chipotle strips.

For the guacamole: Juice the tomatillos, cilantro, onion and serrano pepper; save the pulp and discard the juice. In a medium bowl, mix together the pulp, avocados, tomatoes, lime juice and olive oil; stir well. Season with salt and pepper.

For the tomatillo-chipotle salsa: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Makes about 2 cups.

To assemble: Heat a skillet and add the oil. Once hot, add the grasshoppers, onion, cilantro and 1/2 ounce of the mojo de ajo. Saute until thoroughly heated, 10 to 15 minutes, being careful not to burn the mixture. Transfer it to a small bowl and serve with the tortillas, 4 ounces of the guacamole and 3 ounces of the tomatillo-chipotle salsa.

Notes

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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