Chilindrinas Recipe (Chicharrones Preparados) 

Join me in the kitchen today as I share with you how to make the most delicious Mexican snack: Chicharrones Preparado or Chilindrinas. I truly hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

What Is Chilindrinas?

Chilindrinas is another name for Chicharrones Preparados, a popular Mexican snack. It consists of large rectangular fried wheat chicharrón topped with a variety of ingredients such as chopped cabbage, diced tomatoes, cucumber, sour cream, cotija cheese, sliced avocados, cueritos (pickled pork rind slices), and hot sauce, often salsa Valentina.

It’s a flavorful and satisfying dish that combines crispy textures with fresh and creamy components, creating a delicious blend of flavors beloved by many.

Chilindrinas Ingredients:

  • 1 large rectangular fried wheat chicharrón
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cueritos (pickled pork rind slices)
  • Hot sauce, to taste (salsa Valentina recommended)

How to Make Chilindrinas

  1. Place the large rectangular fried wheat chicharrón on a serving plate or tray.
  2. Evenly distribute the chopped cabbage over the chicharrón.
  3. Scatter the diced tomatoes and cucumber on top of the cabbage layer.
  4. Drizzle the sour cream over the vegetables, creating zigzag patterns across the surface.
  5. Sprinkle the crumbled cotija cheese evenly over the sour cream layer.
  6. Arrange the sliced avocado on top of the cheese, covering the surface of the chicharrón.
  7. Place the cueritos (pickled pork rind slices) on top of the avocado slices, distributing them evenly.
  8. Finish by drizzling hot sauce, such as salsa Valentina, over the entire dish according to your desired level of spiciness.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors and textures!

Feel free to adjust the quantities of each ingredient or add additional toppings according to your taste preferences. These Chilindrinas make a fantastic appetizer or snack for any occasion and will surely be a hit with family and friends.

Additional tips for making delicious Chilindrinas

Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh and high-quality ingredients whenever possible. Fresh vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, and cucumbers will enhance the flavor and texture of your Chilindrinas, elevating the overall dish.

Customize to Taste: Don’t be afraid to customize the recipe to suit your taste preferences. You can adjust the quantities of each ingredient, add extra toppings, or vary the spiciness level by adding more or less hot sauce. Make it your own by experimenting with different flavor combinations.

Serve Immediately: Chilindrinas are best enjoyed immediately after preparation to maintain their crispiness and freshness. Serve them as soon as you finish assembling the dish to ensure that all the flavors and textures are at their peak.

Variations of the Chilindrinas recipe

Shrimp Chilindrinas: Substitute the pickled pork rind slices (cueritos) with cooked shrimp for a seafood twist. Top the chicharrón with chopped cooked shrimp, avocado slices, diced tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and hot sauce for a refreshing and zesty flavor.

Vegetarian Chilindrinas: Make a vegetarian version by omitting the pork rind slices and adding grilled vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, and onions. You can also include black beans, corn, and guacamole for added protein and flavor.

Spicy Chilindrinas: For those who love heat, kick up the spice level by adding diced jalapeños or serrano peppers to the topping mix. Use a spicier hot sauce or sprinkle cayenne pepper or chili powder over the finished dish.

Chilindrinas with Fruit: Incorporate fresh fruit into your Chilindrinas for a sweet and savory combination. Add diced mango, pineapple, or watermelon along with the traditional toppings for a tropical twist that balances out the heat and richness of the dish.

Chilindrinas with Chipotle Crema: Create a smoky and creamy flavor profile by mixing chipotle peppers in adobo sauce with sour cream to make a chipotle crema. Drizzle the chipotle crema over the chicharrón along with the other toppings for a unique and indulgent variation.

Chilindrinas with Queso Fresco: Instead of cotija cheese, crumble queso fresco over the Chilindrinas for a milder and creamier cheese flavor. Queso fresco pairs well with the other ingredients and adds a subtle tanginess to the dish.

Serving Suggestion

When serving Chilindrinas, consider presenting them in individual servings for easy enjoyment. Here are some serving suggestions:

Street Food Style: Serve Chilindrinas in clear plastic cups or bowls, allowing the colorful layers of ingredients to be visible. Insert a small fork or spoon into each cup to make it easy for guests to dig in while on the go.

Family Style Platter: Arrange the Chilindrinas on a large platter or serving tray, showcasing the vibrant colors and textures of the dish. Place small bowls of additional toppings, such as extra hot sauce or lime wedges, alongside the platter for guests to customize their servings.

Party Appetizer: Serve Chilindrinas as a festive appetizer at gatherings or parties. Arrange them on a decorative serving tray or tiered stand to create an eye-catching display. Pair them with refreshing drinks like agua fresca or Mexican soda for a complete party experience.

Picnic Pack: Pack individual portions of Chilindrinas in disposable containers or Ziploc bags for a picnic or outdoor outing. Include napkins and utensils for easy eating on the go. Chilindrinas make a convenient and satisfying snack that’s perfect for enjoying the outdoors.

Gourmet Presentation: Elevate the presentation of Chilindrinas by serving them on stylish plates or serving dishes. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro or a lime wedge for an extra touch of freshness and flavor. Pair them with a side salad or rice dish for a complete meal.

Conclusion

Chilindrinas, with their crispy chicharrón base and vibrant array of toppings, offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Whether enjoyed as a street food snack, party appetizer, or casual meal, Chilindrinas is a beloved Mexican treat that brings people together to savor the rich culinary heritage of Mexico.

So, gather your ingredients and indulge in the deliciousness of homemade Chilindrinas today!

FAQ

Are Chilindrinas spicy?

  • Chilindrinas can be customized to suit your spice preference. While they often include hot sauce like salsa Valentina, you can adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less hot sauce to your liking.

Can I make Chilindrinas ahead of time?

  • While Chilindrinas are best enjoyed immediately after preparation to maintain their crispiness, you can prepare the toppings ahead of time and assemble them just before serving to save time.

Are Chilindrinas gluten-free?

  • Chilindrinas themselves are typically gluten-free as they primarily consist of chicharrón (fried pork skin). However, it’s essential to check the ingredients of any additional toppings or sauces for gluten-containing ingredients.

Can I refrigerate leftover Chilindrinas?

  • Due to their crispy nature, Chilindrinas may lose their texture if refrigerated. It’s best to consume them immediately after preparation. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy them within the same day.

What is the difference between Chilindrinas and regular Chicharrones?

  • Chilindrinas are a variation of Chicharrones that are topped with a variety of ingredients such as vegetables, cheese, and sauces, while regular Chicharrones are fried pork skin seasoned with salt or other seasonings.

Where can I find Chilindrinas?

  • Chilindrinas are commonly found at street food stalls, markets, and food trucks in Mexico and areas with a significant Mexican population. You can also make them at home using readily available ingredients, As I show in this Recipe.

Chilindrinas Recipe

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: SnacksCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Chilindrinas is another name for Chicharrones Preparados, a popular Mexican snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 large rectangular fried wheat chicharrón

  • 1 cup chopped cabbage

  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese

  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced

  • 1/4 cup cueritos (pickled pork rind slices)

  • Hot sauce, to taste (salsa Valentina recommended)

Directions

  • Place the large rectangular fried wheat chicharrón on a serving plate or tray.
  • Evenly distribute the chopped cabbage over the chicharrón.
  • Scatter the diced tomatoes and cucumber on top of the cabbage layer.
  • Drizzle the sour cream over the vegetables, creating zigzag patterns across the surface.
  • Sprinkle the crumbled cotija cheese evenly over the sour cream layer.
  • Arrange the sliced avocado on top of the cheese, covering the surface of the chicharrón.
  • Place the cueritos (pickled pork rind slices) on top of the avocado slices, distributing them evenly.
  • Finish by drizzling hot sauce, such as salsa Valentina, over the entire dish according to your desired level of spiciness.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors and textures!
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