I think we can all agree that cheese and tomato are one of the best food couples. They appear together in many different recipes, making delicious dishes like enchiladas, pizzas, and pastas. This recipe, however, is unique in that the cheese and tomato take center stage as the main ingredients.
2poblano peppersroasted, cleaned and cut into strips*
2serrano pepperscut into strips lengthwise (optional)
8ozQueso Frescocut into ½-IN cubes **
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the chopped tomatoes, onion and garlic in your blender and process until you have a smooth sauce.
Heat oil in a medium-size skillet, add the Poblano pepper strips (and Serrano, if using), and fry for about 2 minutes at medium-high heat.
Pour the tomato mixture into the skillet and stir. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer for about 6-8 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add the cubes of cheese and season with salt and pepper. Lower the heat, a simmer just for a couple of minutes to allow the cheese to warm. Remove skillet from heat to avoid melting the cheese.
Serve warm with a side of refried beans and handmade corn tortillas for a nice early lunch.
*There are several versions of this dish; some don’t include the Poblano pepper strips and only use the Serrano peppers.**This is the way my mom prepares this dish, but some cooks use panela cheese or even dried cheese, depending on the region. Some will be saltier than others, depending on the cheese you could find, taste it before seasoning your tomato sauce.