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Serves : 6 APPETIZER OR 4 FIRST-COURSE

Every recipe author Diana Kennedy knows from Michoacán to Chihuahua that combines chiles with cheese meets with immediate approval. She came across this delicious variation made with beer, Rajas con Cerveza. In Mexico, Chihuahua or Asadero cheese is best; if you can find a market that sells either one, try it.Serve as an appetizer with oven-dried or fried tortillas, or serve as a first course in individual gratin dishes with tortillas.Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

Heat the oil in a deep, nonreactive, medium skillet or shallow flameproof casserole. Add the onion, season with salt and cook over moderate heat until translucent.

Step 2    

Add the chile strips, cover the pan and cook until just tender but not soft, about 4 minutes. Add the beer, increase the heat to high and boil, uncovered, until it is absorbed by the chiles, about 7 minutes.

Step 3    

Spread the slices of cheese over the chiles and heat until melted. Serve immediately.

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