Pappas Fritas Caliente

Even though we are still getting through all of our leftovers, they are main dishes and I still need to prepare side dishes and vegetables to go with them.  We have to have balanced meals, right?!  The Queen of leftovers was in the house again today, making some yummy pork and vegetable quesadillas out of, you guessed it, leftovers.  I pulled some smoked shredded pork out of the freezer and mixed it with my leftover vegetable saute, Presto Pesto Chicken then added this all to some tortillas with cheese.  My husband topped his quesadilla with tomato salsa and sour cream and I topped mine with the my peach salsa.  Peaches from Palisade  The peach salsa and the pork go together very well.  I love the combination of peaches and pork.  I love the smoky flavor from the pork mixed with the sweet and spicy flavors of the peach salsa.  Sadly, my avocados had seen better days, so they got tossed and were not part of my quesadilla this time.   I also made some pappas fritas caliente, or spicy fried potatoes, to go with the quesadillas.  So not only did we have a quick, easy meal, but I also cleared out some of the leftovers from my refrigerator, making more room for more dishes yet to come.


All I need to make pappas fritas caliente.


2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced fine

1/3 onion, diced fine

1 TBSP garlic

1 tsp chili powder

1-1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste

salt & pepper to taste

1-1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme and oregano, chopped fine

olive oil and butter for cooking


In a hot skillet, add your oil and butter and the potato cubes.  Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are a light golden brown and a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.


Add the rest of the ingredients, except the fresh herbs, (if you are using dried herbs, you can add them at this point) and continue to cook for another 5-10 minute, or until the onions are translucent and the potatoes are golden brown.


Add the fresh herbs right at the very end of the cooking process and mix well.


Quesadillas carne de cerdo con salsa de melocoton y pappas fritas caliente es listo.  !Que Bueno!




Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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