Chile-Infused Mashed Potatoes

Steeping guajillo and árbol chiles in the half-and-half that is folded into these mashed potatoes adds a modern twist to a familiar holiday side. A drizzle of cilantro oil cuts the richness nicely (see Notes).

Chile-Infused Mashed Potatoes
Photo: Johhny Miller
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed, seeded, and torn into pieces

  • 3 dried chiles de árbol, stemmed and crushed

  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half

  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 7 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed


  1. Place chiles in a medium saucepan over medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Stir in half-and-half, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to very low, and let mixture stand, undisturbed, 30 minutes. Pour chile-infused half-and-half through a wire-mesh strainer over a bowl; discard solids.

  2. Place potatoes in a large saucepan, and add cold water to cover by 1 inch; bring to a boil over high. Add 1 tablespoon salt; reduce heat to medium, and simmer until tender, about 25 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a colander to drain, shaking off any excess water.

  3. Stir together butter and chile-infused half-and-half in a saucepan over medium until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Press potatoes through a potato ricer into saucepan; stir mixture until combined. Season with remaining 4 teaspoons salt, and serve.


Cilantro Oil Drizzle: Puree 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, and 2 ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Drizzle some oil on mashed potatoes just before serving; pass the remaining oil at the table.

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