Grilled Avocado Halves with Chiles and Cheese

Side Dishes

Grilled Avocado Halves with Chiles and Cheese


  • 5 ea. fresh Serrano chiles, divided, 4 whole (optional) and 1 minced
  • 4 ea. dried guero chiles (can substitute chile de árbol or guajillo)
  • 4 ea. fresh jalapeños
  • 7 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ea. Avocados From Mexico, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 6 oz. Panela or Halloumi cheese, cut into 4 thick slices
  • 2 ea. garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 6 ea. cherry tomatoes, quartered


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. On small baking sheet, toss the 4 whole Serrano peppers (optional), the whole guero chile, and jalapeños with 1 tablespoon olive oil to coat them. Season them generously with salt and pepper. Roast until chiles are softened and browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool chiles on baking sheet.
  3. Cut a 1/8” slice off the bottom of each avocado half, just enough to stabilize it.
  4. Place the avocados, roasted chiles, and cheese slices in a glass baking dish large enough to hold them in one layer. In a small bowl, whisk together the minced Serrano chile, garlic, cilantro, and vinegar. Whisk in the remaining 6 tablespoons oil. Pour the mixture over the chiles and cheese and set aside to marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  5. Prepare a gas grill to cook at medium-high heat or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, remove the avocados and cheese from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Grill the avocado halves, cut side down, until they have dark grill marks, 4 to minutes. Transfer each avocado half to an individual plate, placing it grilled side up. Grill the marinated cheese slices until they are seared but still hold their shape. Add 1 cheese slice to each plate, alongside the avocado half. Then add 1 of each roasted chiles to each plate. Toss the cherry tomatoes in remaining dressing and top avocados with them, dividing the tomatoes equally. Serve immediately.
  6. For a bite-sized appetizer, serve on top of a crostini, corn cake, or cracker.


Nutrition Facts
Grilled Avocado Halves with Chiles and Cheese
Amount Per Serving 4
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Trans Fat 0g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 680mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 27%
Total Sugars 4g  
  Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 10g 0%
Vitamin A 0mg 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Vitamin D 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 25%
Iron 0mg 4%
Potassium 600mg 64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Did you know the avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable? Learn more about the amazing avocado, including its rich history, cultural impact and tasty ways to eat this delicious superfood in guacamole as well as other dishes!

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