Uncle Shifty’s Antojitos

There’s a certain fella in my extended family. We’ll call him … Uncle Shifty. Not for any reason in particular. It just suits him. Well, Uncle Shifty used to work at a certain chain restaurant and thus knew their exact recipe for antojitos. They are good antojitos. Really good antojitos. Don’t know what an antojito is? Don’t worry about it. If you like tasty, delicious appetizer treats you’ll like em.

At the time of his employment at the restaurant we didn’t see Uncle Shifty on a regular basis, but when we did he’d sometimes show up with an antojito or two. Once for Christmas he showed up with 30 of the snacks. Sadly I didn’t have room in my freezer for them. So I gave away 5 steaks. Yes. They’re that good.

Every time I got one of those crispy tubes of creamy spiced Mexican perfection I’d scarf it down, slam my hands on the kitchen table and scream “done!”, Survivor-style. The drawback to this (aside from looking like a lunatic) was I never took the time to actually look inside one to see what made it taste so good. So after years … and I mean years of asking Uncle Shifty what was in these chain restaurant antijitos I got the entire recipe. Or more specifically earned the entire recipe. It was a struggle on many levels.

When Uncle Shifty would call the house I’d ask about the antojitos. One phone call with him I might get the first 3 ingredients and then a story about his new car. The second phone call I might get the oven temperature and a recap of his latest sexual escapade. This went on and on. I heard a lot of things I didn’t need to know in order to get this recipe and now I’d like to share it with you. The recipe that is, not the accompanying stories. On one condition; you scarf it … the first one anyway.


Cream Cheese & Hot sauce

Green Onions

Red Peppers

 

red onions

Cheddar cheese & Parsley

jalepenos

 

Roll ‘er up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, there are things I know about Uncle Shifty that I can never unknow so please, do me a favour and share this recipe with everyone you know. It will ease my mind to know that what I have endured will have helped at least one person to have a tasty snack.


35 Comments

  1. Uncle Shifty says:

    I get it. You only love me for my antojitos.

  2. there is just NO way you can go wrong with that recipe.I want that antojito NOW!

  3. it’s me again.. can you use raw jalapenos?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Drops of Jupiter! You’re right. There’s not a single thing about this recipe that sucks. Except for the stories I had to listen to while acquiring it.

      Yes, the recipe actually calls for both pickled and raw, fresh jalapenos! Add as many as you want! And something I think I forgot to post is the fact that these suckers freezer perfectly! Just make them all up and wrap them in tin foil or Saran Wrap. It’s a bit of a “thing” to make them with all the dicing and chopping so it’s good to be able to have a few ready to go in the freezer. Just thaw, and cook as indicated. HOLY CRAP they’re good. I’d forgotten about them. 🙂

  4. Langela says:

    Karen, these are awesome! We did not use the fresh jalapenos, but used a pepper that was a little milder. I didn’t want to hear those pesky kids whine about how their mouths were on fire and they were going to die and all that. These will definitely be on our regular menu! Thanks for telling me about them.

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy you liked the antojitos! It’s hard ’cause it isn’t an actual recipe so much as a “pinch of this, a pinch of that”. Glad it worked out for you.

      • Langela says:

        That’s the way all my recipes are. Even if there is an actual recipe to follow, I add a pinch of this and that according to our likes. It makes it hard when someone wants a recipe of mine because it never is done the same way twice and so much is, “it needs a little more of this…” I just know when it tastes right. Thanks again.

  5. rp says:

    THANK YOU!! I’ve been searching for the recipe for these forever.
    I just found your blog today (silly me) and I love it 🙂

  6. Chels T says:

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! I love these.. i am going to make them for a small party in a few days!

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! I know. They’re GREAT. 🙂 I just found my one and final antojito in the freezer tonight. Must make another batch. They freeze absolutely perfectly!! ~ karen

  7. bluephatmom says:

    One week ago I discovered this blog. And now I have read every post. So NOW I can decorate the house and bake my Christmas cookies. If there were more posts, Christmas would just have to wait.

    • Karen says:

      Well! I’m glad I didn’t have anymore posts then. They will start up again on Monday though so you’d better get baking. And decorating. ~ karen

  8. Vanessa says:

    I also used to work at the previously mentioned chain restaurant, and these things were surely my favourite!! Hot, cold, or stale, I would eat them every chance I got. You have no idea how excited I was when I stumbled across this recipe!! My husband just adores them and requests them on a more than regular basis!! Thanks so much!

    PS. For a less spicy but utterly tasty alternative. Try using bacon, spinach and roasted tomatoes. Delish!

  9. Susan says:

    The recipe sounds decadent and perfect for a six pack of Dos Equis. One question: “…these suckers freezer perfectly.” Is freezer a verb in Canada??

  10. Justine says:

    You have no idea how freaking excited my husband is that I have this recipe now. But now I wish I’d kept it a secret and just made these sometime. Ah well. Either way you made a good man very happy.

    • Karen says:

      Justine – Excellent. Good men should be kept happy. But yes, I only make them as a treat. I also tend to make a whole whack of them (20 or so) and freeze them so I can just pull em out. Glad you like the copycat recipe! Well, not copycat so much as the exact recipe. 🙂 ~ karen

  11. Kristen says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! My boyfriend and I LOVE anti jilts and I have been looking for the perfect antijito recipe for years!! Trying this one this second! Although I don’t have fresh jalapeños so I guess that little detail will have to wait for the next batch!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristen – I think you’re gonna like em. 🙂 You can brush them with olive oil before cooking to help them crisp up a bit. ~ karen!

  12. Amy says:

    I’m about to make these for our annual Superbowl party. But a friend who lives 45 minutes away is hosting this year. So, do these travel well? Do I need to reheat when I get there? Is it better to cook them here instead?

    • Karen says:

      Amy – You can do either. You can cook them first and reheat them there in a very hot oven, or you can wait and cook them there if your friend has oven space to devote to them. Just roll them all up and put them close together in a Tupperware container or Ziploc baggie so they don’t unroll. To make sure they get crisp, brush a little vegetable or olive oil on them before you put them in the oven. Have fun! ~ karen

      • Amy says:

        Wow, Karen, that was fast reply! You responded in the time it took me to make my grocery store run. Thank you! I’m sure these will be a big hit!

  13. Ryan says:

    Unbelievable! My 9-year old son and I first tasted antojitos at a popular local restaurant in Brockville, Ontario. While at a grocery store this afternoon, we thought we would take a crack at making some for ourselves and Google led us to this great recipe on my phone. These antojitoa will be a staple for us for quite some time. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Sandra says:

    My daughter also worked at the restaurant that makes these. The recipe is very similar but all the veggies are put right into the cream cheese. Here it is (and it makes a LOT):

    Antojito’s

    2 lbs cream cheese
    4 oz diced red pepper
    4 oz minced jalapeno peppers
    2 oz chopped green onion
    ½ oz finely chopped fresh parsley
    4 oz bread crumbs
    2 fl oz hot sauce
    pinch of salt and pepper
    10 large tortilla shells
    10 oz shredded cheddar cheese

    Set the oven to 375 F. Heat the cream cheese in the microwave until soft, making sure it doesn’t burn or “cook”. Mix all ingredients after the cream cheese is soft except for the cheddar cheese. Put 3 oz of the mix onto a tortilla shell and spread evenly over the shell to half an inch of the edge. Add 1 oz shredded cheese over the mixture and roll. Make even cuts about half way through the shell and coat with a bit of butter to brown. Put in the oven for approx. 10 or until golden brown. Take the antojito’s out of the oven and slice through the cuts completely. Serve with sour cream and a dollop of basil pesto.

  15. dave says:

    my wife worked at montana’s and i copied the ingredients off the menu and have made them a bunch of times and everyone has raved about these appetisers they are easy to make and delicious and i mix all ingredients in a large bowl then scoop onto tortilla and roll its easier enjoy!

  16. Joan says:

    If I’m taking antijitos to a party do I slice them first and then cook them ? Or do I have to cook them rolled ? I’m ecstatic to have this recipe and just want to know the best way to bring them to the party

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joan, you cook the antijitos as a whole roll. Then once they’ve cooled a bit you slice them. If I were taking them to a party I’d cook them, let them cool a tiny bit so they don’t smush when you slice them. Then I’d slice them, wrap them in tin foil and bring them to the party like that. ~ karen!

  17. Patrick says:

    Great recipe. Great tips. You are hilarious.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Patrick. It is a pretty good recipe isn’t it. In fact … I have a couple in the freezer right now and no plans for dinner. I wasn’t inviting you to dinner. I was just realizing I could have antojitos tonight. 😉 ~ karen!

  18. Darrin says:

    Hey there, for those who love these tasty buggers but can’t take the heat, my wife makes a version that leaves out the hot sauce and the jalapeños, and she mixes the cream cheese with mashed potatoes. It makes a nice filling and also uses up leftover taters. Personally, I like the hot stuff, but with the hot flashes she says she doesn’t need it. Enjoy;

  19. Sam says:

    I too have worked at the aforementioned chain and honestly couldn’t stand making them, but loved to eat them. I actually like to make it as a dip, mixing all the ingredient, placing in the oven and eating with tortilla chips. I would say though, add some bread crumbs to the mix, it helps to absorb the oils released from the cheese!

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