Chile cheesecake, a Mexican cheesecake recipe. It’s prepared in a springform pan like a cheesecake, it looks like a cheesecake, but its loaded up with southwestern ingredients, this appetizer served with tortilla chips is a unique and wonderful crowd pleasing recipe.
For our May wine tasting party we chose a wonderful Italian Wine to sample. One of these days I’m actually going to plan ahead and serve an appetizer that pairs with the wine, but when this recipe caught my eye I threw all food/wine pairing rules out the window and grabbed my springform pan.
A Mexican cheesecake made with all things Southwestern? What a great idea. And it was an easy fix.
For the crust, I used my food processor with the plastic blade to crush up some corn chips and mixed them with melted butter. Pressed into a cheesecake spring form pan and baked a few minutes before adding all the cheesy ingredients on top. Loved this idea.
The cheesecake uses two 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese, and Colby and Monterey Jack creamed with two eggs. I think the key to the flavor of this is the can of fire roasted chopped chile peppers. The smoky flavor really shined. Don’t grab just any old can of chopped peppers. And even better yet, if you have a stash of frozen roasted Hatch Chile peppers, please use those.
And topped with tomatoes, green onions and avocados, we loved this. My imagination ran wild on variations to this recipe, but I wanted to try it in it’s original form first. The only thing I added that the recipe didn’t suggest was chopped avocados. You’ll find the full recipe below.
I thought this was the best thing on the table. Teri brought some incredibly flavored sun-dried tomatoes swimming in olive oil and served with some of the best ciabatta bread, I l-o-v-e- loved it.
She also plated some creamy Gorgonzola, honey infused goat cheese, poached figs, quince marmalade, served with crostinis and balsamic glaze.
The red wine a 2003 Montefalco Sagrantino. Sagrantino di Montefalco is the name given to Italian wines made with 100% Sagrantino grapes in and around the comune of Montefalco in the Province of Perugia, Umbria.
For the white wine, Tom and Kathy brought a Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc.
Chile Cheesecake, A Mexican Cheesecake Recipe
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And if you have a favorite Mexican Cheesecake recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
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Chile cheesecake, a Mexican cheesecake recipe. It's prepared in a springform pan like a cheesecake, it looks like a cheesecake, but its loaded up with southwestern ingredients, this appetizer served with tortilla chips is a unique and wonderful crowd pleasing recipe.
- 1 Cup crushed ortilla chips
- 3 Tablespoons butter melted
- 16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 4 ounces fire roasted diced green chiles
- 1 fresh jalapeno cored, seeded and diced
- 4 ounces Colby cheese shredded
- 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- 1/4 Cup sour cream
- For topping:
- chopped tomatoes
- chopped green onions
- sliced black olives
- chopped avocado
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In medium bowl, combine crushed tortilla chips and butter. Press into bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Bake 15 minutes, remove from oven, leaving oven on.
- In large bowl, blend cream cheese and eggs. Add green chiles, jalapeno, Colby and Monterey Jack. Pour over crust and bake 30 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and cool in pan 5 minutes. Run knife around inside edge and remove sides from pan. Spread sour cream over top and decorate with tomatoes, green onions, olives and avocado. Serve with tortilla chips.
Mexican Cheesecake …It’s What’s for a crowd pleasing appetizer