Prize Winning Chile Cheese Appetizers

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

These excellent little puffs won first prize at a chile festival in New Mexico in 1984 by Helen Trujillo.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 13 x 9 pan, melt butter.
  2. Beat eggs lightly in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour and baking powder; combine.
  4. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except salsa.
  5. Combine cheese mixture to the flour; blend well.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake at 400°F for 14 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake 35-40 minutes longer. Cut into appetizer size squares and serve warm with salsa (May also be served as a light lunch).
Most Helpful

Verry tasty! I made these to take over to a neighbor's for wine/appetizers tonight, and it was like a big beautiful pan of delicious quiche (plus, it was pretty easy to put together). It was delicious with hot (spicy) salsa. There were a few glitches on instructions and ingredients, so I guessed at 1 t baking powder, and added chiles after the first part of step 3 (after "add flour and baking powder" and before "adding cheeses and blend into batter'). The taste was really nice - perfect for wine/appetizers. I recommend using room-temperature or slightly warmed salsa to really complement the flavor of the appetizer. Delicious. I'll make it again definitely - would be a standout in a brunch buffet!

Lizzie-Babette November 23, 2002

Made this for a potluck at work and it got rave reviews - will definitely make it again!

Nicklynne :) September 09, 2003