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One of my favorite cheese makers, Cacique, threw down the gauntlet.
“How would you like to create a recipe using a couple of our products and at least four ingredients from a list of 10 we give you?”
I read it, stood up and started to swagger. I can do this. Don’t even THINK I can’t do it, I said to the computer monitor, snapping my fingers in a Z formation.
I had a choice of 10 ingredients, with the first two mandatory, and I had to use a minimum of four of the 1o:
- Cacique Soy Chorizo
- Cacique Crema Salvadoreña
- Dried apricots
- Rosemary (fresh or dry)
- Bonus! Cacique Queso Fresco
- Bonus! Currants!
I was to get extra points the more ingredients I used. Challenge accepted…I used all 10, and a couple more for good measure and overall deliciousness.
and because I am a kiss-up.
Can I just repeat that, because I am very proud of this recipe. I USED ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS THEY LISTED, and it worked out to be an amazing vegetarian dinner! You would be happy to serve it to your family, or might I suggest it is also worthy of guests, along with a green salad and some fresh fruit?
I present Picadillo Stuffed Peppers with Chorizo, Lentils, Cauliflower and Mushrooms. Ta-da!
I decided to make it in a skillet and stuff it into colorful bell peppers. (If you’re not a pepper fan, you could also stuff the filling into a tortilla and make a world-class burrito.)
The reason I said a quick “yes” to this challenge was the high quality of Cacique Mexican-style cheeses, creams and chorizos, which are made with 40+-year-old family recipes and a combo of fresh and natural ingredients (Grade A milk and sea salt). Their cheeses and creams have authentic flavor, and are gluten-free, delicious and versatile enough to be used in traditional dishes or more modern favorites, whichever way you swing.
Here are the ingredients for the filling.
And here are the toppings — a sharp bite from the shallot, crunch from the pistachios, herbal savory goodness from the rosemary and tangy sweet from the apricots, all tamed by a dollop of crema.
Slap the skillet on that hot stove, and let’s get cookin’ !
Mushrooms and cauliflower get a quick saute in the skillet…
…followed by chorizo, lentils, olives (and currants, which were an impromptu addition). The soy chorizo is well spiced but not overly hot, and when you heat it, it isn’t too fatty, so you can add it midway through the recipe as I have done here.
We stuff the pepper halves and top them with some Queso Fresco…
…bake them for half an hour…
…and top with a dollop of Crema Salvadorena, along with a few other sweet and savory garnishes and toppings.
Dinner is served, friends. It is vegetarian, and it is SO GOOD!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cacique . All opinions are my own. Visit and follow Cacique on Facebook  | Instagram  | Twitter  | Pinterest  for recipes and delicious cheesy meal ideas. In addition to the Mexican-style cheeses, creams and chorizos, they have yummy yogurt smoothies and horchata.