Spice in the Kitchen: Chili Home Fries & Fresh Tomatillo Sauce

Parsley and cilantro, courtesy of my garden.
You know when you when you get home from vacation and you have no food in the fridge, and just some assorted odds and ends around? That coupled with a 2x/month grain-free fast day (called Ekadasi in my religious tradition) and I was at a loss for dinner. I had potatoes, a red pepper and 3 tomatillos. I was craving Mexican food, so I came up with this yummy dinner!

Chili Home Fries with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce Recipe (vegan)
serves 2-4; time involved: 15 minutes prep plus 40 minutes baking time

  • 3 or 4 medium sized potatoes (I used red potatoes)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 tsp non-grain hing (or use chopped onions/garlic)
  • 1/4 tsp (or more) of cayenne pepper
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pickled jalapenos
  • salt and cracked pepper to taste
Tomatillo Sauce
  • 3 husked, ripe tamatillos
  • 1/4 cup pickled tame jalapenos
  • 3 sprigs of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In an 8x8 glass pan, combine olive oil and spices.
  3. Chop potatoes and red pepper into bite sized pieces. Place in baking dish and coat with oil and spice mixture.
  4. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. Uncover and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.
  5. While the home fries are baking, chop the tomatillos into chunks and drop them into boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender and mix. Set aside. (Refrigerate any unused sauce.)
  6. Remove home fries from oven and add salt and pepper.
  7. Garnish home fries with sauce, and jalapenos. Use hot sauce, chopped tomatoes, cheese, sour cream and parsley if desired. 

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