Everyone thinks Mexican food is bad, bad eating…But it’s not true! Real Mexican cuisine is full of spices, veggies and flavors that can make even simple foods taste great. Here is a lighter version of an alltime favorite, Chile Con Queso:

Tacos De Rajas Y Queso

Roasted Red Pepper, Chile Cheese Soft Tacos

2 Poblano Chilis, Roasted, Peeled and Cut into Strips

2 Red Peppers, Roasted, Peeled and Cut into Strips

4 Cloves Garlic, Grated

2 TB Olive Oil

2 Tsp Cumin

2 Tsp Ancho Chili Powder

1 TB Smoked Paprika

4 Large Tomatoes, Seeded and Chopped

2 Jalapeños en Escabeche, (Pickled), Chopped

3 Cups Grated Queso Asadero, Oaxaca, Quesadilla or Chihuahua Cheese, (or Fontina or LIGHT Monterey Jack)

¼ Cup Light Sour Cream

¼ Cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt

Dash Each: Turmeric and Ginger

Juice and Zest of 1 Lime

Kosher or Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to Taste

Chopped Fresh Herbs for Garnish: Cilantro, Parsley, Oregano or Marjoram

Warm Corn Tortillas or Carrot Chips for Dipping

Step One Sauté the Poblanos and Red Peppers with the garlic in the oil for 2 -3 minutes. Sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, and paprika and then add the tomatoes. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to break down.

Step Two Stir in the jalapeños and the cheese and stir until the cheese melts.

Step Three Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream, yogurt, turmeric, ginger and lime zest and juice. Taste for Salt and Pepper. Garnish with Fresh Herbs. Serve with heated corn tortillas. Place a TB of the Queso in the tortilla and roll up to eat.

Fast FOOD Fact:

Rajas roughly translated – means peppers in strips

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