Pueblo Chile Cornbread (Photo courtesy of Colorado Department of Agriculture)
By COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE |PUBLISHED: September 8, 2021 at 5:25 p.m. | UPDATED: September 8, 2021 at 5:26 p.m.
September brings us to the cusp of fall, and the Colorado Proud Recipe of the month is bringing a warm and savory classic. We are taking the world famous Pueblo Green Chile and adding it to a cornbread to complement your main entree.
The Pueblo chile is both a staple in Colorado and comes with a bit of competition with our neighbors in New Mexico. The Pueblo chile pungency ranges between 5,000 and 20,000 Scoville Heat Units, the measurement method used to rank chile heat. Pueblo chiles are comparable to moderate jalapeno peppers and are usually a little warmer than cayenne peppers. The growing conditions in southeastern Colorado produce some of the best chiles available. Hot, dry, sunny summer days, combined with our rich soils and pure Colorado water yield some of the hottest and most flavorful chiles. Watch out for the little ones — they tend to pack the most heat (Pueblo Chile Growers Association). The meaty and flavorful chiles add a local tasty flare to any recipe, so get your jam and butter ready for this tasty Colorado Proud style cornbread.
Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different ag commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown and raised in our state. For September, Chef Jason Morse of 5280 Culinary brings us a savory treat for fall. Chef Jason says, “Fire up the grill and let’s roast off those Pueblo chiles. Next we take those amazing chiles and create a cornbread that will be the envy of your next dinner party. Packed with corn, cheese and chile, this is the life of the party!”
Pueblo Chile Cornbread
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert
1 1/4 cup cornmeal, coarse or fine ground1 1/2 cup flour, all purpose1 tsp. salt, kosher or sea1 tsp. baking soda1 Tbsp. baking powder1/4 cup brown sugar, dry, packed
1 1/4 cup milk1/2 cup Mexican crema2 large eggs1 cup Pueblo chiles, roasted, peeled and diced1 cup Colorado corn kernels1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded1 stick butter, salted, room temp.
- Wash all tools prior to use
- Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
- Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using ovens, grills, or cooking tools
- Grill and roast your Pueblo Chiles until desired doneness is achieved. Here you can find a simple way to roast chiles at home if you have not already purchased them roasted. **Chef’s Tip – After roasting chiles place into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, that will help steam off the charred parts, leaving the chile intact.
- Heat oven to 400˚ F.
- While the oven is heating up – Line a 10” Cast Iron Skillet with Parchment paper and lightly spray.
- Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Using a new bowl, place the softened butter and crema into the bowl and mix until combined. Add the milk, diced chiles, corn kernels and cheese. Mix until combined. Allow to rest for approx. 5 minutes.
- Carefully add half of the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until combined.
- Add the rest of the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until fully incorporated and just mixed.
- Pour this mixture into the cast iron skillet and level out if needed.
- Place into the oven at 400˚ F.
- Cook for 35-45 minutes or until desired doneness is reached, checking for doneness at the 35 minute mark. Check for doneness by inserting a clean, dry, toothpick into the center and removing it clean.
- Using heat proof gloves, carefully remove the cornbread and bring it into the kitchen. Rest for a minimum of 10 minutes to allow the cornbread to cool and firm up.
- Serve with honey butter if desired
- Store any leftovers loosely covered overnight, do not refrigerate
This savory side pairs well with so many adult beverages. For this month we recommend a fun new canned wine for Odell Brewing in Fort Collins: Final Touch. The 100% Aromella juice spent 9 days on the skins, imparting a light amber color. Naturally fermented, this wine is aged for eight months in beer barrels from Odell Brewing Co. and is unfined and unfiltered. Enjoy this funky, acid-driven adventure in modern American wine. The grapes hail from Grand Valley, Colorado. Skipping alcohol? Try some apple cider kombucha from Life’s a Buch also in Fort Collins.
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Colorado Proud is a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture that promotes food and agricultural products grown, raised, or made in Colorado. The program’s more than 3,000 members include growers, processors, schools, restaurants, and retailers statewide.