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Rajas de Poblano Mashed Potatoes

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Rajas de Poblano Mashed Potatoes

Chunky mashed potatoes flecked with rajas de poblano oh yeah that’s a Thanksgiving side dish I can wrap my lips around. I’m all about the sides and mashed potatoes play a major role in making this gal happy every Thanksgiving.

Confession:  Late night out, a few too many drinks and I always get lethal 2am craving for tacos de papa con rajas de poblano. 

As I stuffed my face the thought occurred to me this combination would be a great Thanksgiving side dish. Maybe it was the boozy effects of tequila or the intense craving to shower rajas de poblanos in every bite of taco that hurled toward my mouth.

Granted this happened in July I’m surprised I remembered. I’m pretty good at blocking out moments where I’m not at my best mommy self. Enjoy!


Rajas de Poblano Mashed Potatoes

Yield: serves 4- 6


  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 poblanos
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 3 cups melting cheese of your choice
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Place potatoes in a sauce pan, generously covered with water and add salt.
  2. Cover bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are tender when pierced with tip of knife tender, 20-30 minutes.
  3. While your potatoes cook, make rajas.
  4. Preheat your broiler
  5. Place poblanos on sheet pan and broil until poblanos are charred on all sides.
  6. Remove from broiler cover with dish towel and allow to steam for about 5 minutes. (Makes it easier to remove charred skin)
  7. Remove charred skin, stem and seeds. Cut into rajas (strips)
  8. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  9. Add flour, whisk to combine and cook for about 2 minutes.
  10. Slowly whisk in warm milk, until thick. About 6-7 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and add cheese. After cheese has melted add rajas and stir to combine.
  12. Season to taste and keep warm.
  13. Drain potatoes well and mash with a potato masher.
  14. Add rajas to mashed potatoes. Add more milk if needed.
  15. Season to taste.

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12 Responses to Rajas de Poblano Mashed Potatoes

  1. […]  Can you tell I’m excited?  Well last night I decided it was time to give last year’s mashed potato recipe ( I used rajas de poblano) a new twist with chipotles and a good dose of cheddar cheese.  I […]

  2. Great idea, Vianney. I still cannot wrap my head around mashed potatoes in shells with cabbage and salsa. I love Mexican food – and how you rave about this dish has me just confused. Must be that the liquor has a little somethin’ to do with it, too! Ha-Ha!
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  3. Yum! I’d like try some right now.

  4. Oh YUM! You have some very creative hangovers my dear. :)
    mjskit recently posted..Glazed Carrots with SageMy Profile

  5. Drunken inspiration! Well done :) I think these potatoes look delish
    Parsley Sage recently posted..Eat up, me ‘earties, yo ho!My Profile

  6. OH MY!!! I’m drooling :-D
    Liz recently posted..Mexican Hot ChocolateMy Profile

  7. Vianney you are really making me wish I had planned a SW themed holiday dinner. I may have to do two Thanksgiving meals. This sounds so good.
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  8. What a creative twist on mashed potatoes!
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  9. These are the kind of potatoes I could really get into! Thanks for sharing :)
    DessertForTwo recently posted..Pumpkin Bourbon BallsMy Profile

  10. what a fantastic way to spruce up boring ol’ mashed potatoes!
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  11. LOL! Man, that would be the perfect thing for soaking up the alcohol…makes me want to have some drinks and test it out ;P And yeah, these taters rock!
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  12. That sounds good!



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