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Caramelized-Poblano-Chile-and-Onion Dip

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • servings: 8
Photography: Johnny Miller




  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 3 cups diced white onion (from 1 large onion)
  • 3 fresh poblano chiles, seeds and ribs removed, diced (3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and coarsely ground
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Cayenne pepper, for sprinkling
  • Cut-up cucumbers, jicama, and radishes, or chips, for serving


  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, chiles, coriander, and 1 teaspoon salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, until onion and chiles are tender and caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely.

  2. Step 2

    Stir together lime juice, cream cheese, and sour cream in a large bowl, using a rubber spatula, until smooth. Stir in onion mixture. Season with salt if necessary. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Sprinkle with cayenne. Serve with cut-up vegetables or chips.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2012



Reviews (1)

  • 4 Aug, 2012

    Making this again today. Prepared it a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it.