• 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1.5 cups risotto rice (carnaroli)
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3.5 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated white cheddar
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2.5 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. cooked Barbacoa
  • Fryer oil


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup ground tortilla chips
  • Cheddar Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)

Cheddar Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 red pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 2 jalapeños, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 1 poblano pepper stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
  • 3 c. white cheddar, grated
  • 3 c. Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt




Meal Course:

Dinner, Lunch

Dish Type:

Appetizer, Side Dish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In medium-sized pot over medium heat, melt butter, add onions and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Add rice and stir until grains are translucent. Add wine and turn up heat. Cook until liquid is mostly absorbed.
  4. Add beef broth and buttermilk, stirring; bring to simmer, cover and transfer to oven. Bake covered for 30 to 40 minutes until all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. Add egg, white cheddar, mozzarella cheese, cilantro, salt and pepper.
  7. Let mixture cool for at least 3 hours.
  8. Set up breading station with 3 bowls. Combine flour, salt and pepper in one bowl. Whisk eggs in second bowl. Mix panko and ground tortilla chips in third.
  9. Using 1/2-oz. ice cream scoop, measure out risotto into ball.
  10. Place ball in palm of hand, then place 1 oz. barbacoa into center of rice ball. Shape ball, making sure barbacoa is completely covered.
  11. Roll ball into flour, then egg and finally panko and tortilla mixture, making sure ball is completely coated.
  12. Repeat until all arancini are completed.
  13. In medium saucepan, add 2 inches of oil. Heat over medium heat until oil reaches 350°F. Fry arancini in batches of 6. Cook until golden brown and heated through, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  14. Serve with Cheddar Dipping Sauce.

Cheddar Dipping Sauce:

  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat; add chiles and onions and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Whisk in flour and cook for 30 seconds. While whisking, pour in milk and continue to cook until sauce is thick, approximately 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomatoes and cilantro and reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Slowly add in cheeses, 1/2 cup at a time, until they have completely melted. Stir in sour cream and salt. Serve warm.