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Latkes, lat-kee, lat-kuh, potato pancakes, fritters, lakes (what I say, because I have awful grammar and am obviously not jewish).


Whatever you decide, know one thing. They are good!


Crispy, spicy, cheesy and delicious!


I was flipping through one of my many food magazines I subscribe to (I am a complete magazine hoarder! I love um! Oddly, I do not like the trashy ones though) and saw a simple recipe for latkes. Then flipping through another magazine when I saw yet another recipe for these simple little pancakes. I’m telling you, it was a sign. Well at least this is what I am telling myself.  I needed to make me some latkes. Now!

The thing is, I can not follow a recipe for the life of me! Seriously, give me a recipe and I will end up changing 3/4 of it and making a completely different dish. Which again is another odd thing because this is not my personality. Total type A here! In life I follow directions, am a total clean freak, and do not like to stand out. In my cooking however I seem to take on another personality. I guess, it must be my way of rebelling! Yeah, that is totally it.


So, yeah I definitely invented my own latke. I hope it does not offend and of my Jewish readers, but I am pretty sure you will love um! They are definitely not your average potato latkes. I spiced them up with some smoky chipotle peppers, which I seem to be mildly obsessed with lately! Then the cheddar cheese happened……….of course. Really everything is better with cheese!

You can serve these as an appetizer or side dish or with some eggs for breakfast on a Sunday morning. They are perfect for holiday entertaining. I promise everyone will love them, serve as and appetizer or side along with some greek yogurt for topping.


Chipotle Cheddar Potato Latkes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 152 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 oz large baking potato peeled and quartered lengthwise about 10
  • 1/4 onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 clove large garlic peeled
  • 1/4 flour
  • 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 egg
  • coarse salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-2 in chipotle chiles adobo sauce minced (I used 2)
  • 1-2 teaspoons adobo sauce I used 2
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • EVOO or peanut oil for frying
  • greek yogurt or sour cream for serving


  • Using a food processor fitted with a coarse grating disk, grate the potato, garlic and onion; discard any large pieces. Transfer the mixture to a clean dish towel and squeeze out any excess liquid, then transfer to a large bowl.
  • Stir in the flour, egg, cheddar cheese, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, chipotle chilies, adobo sauce chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes and the baking powder.
  • In a medium skillet, heat 1/4 inch oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in 5 to 6 batches, drop 2-tbsp. scoops of batter into the pan about 2 inches apart. Using a spatula, flatten the batter into disks. Cook, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. (Lower the heat if the latkes darken too quickly.) Drain on paper towels.
  • serve arm with greek yogurt or sour cream.


*To tone down the heat factor, only use 1 chipotle pepper,1 teaspoon adobo sauce and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. These can me made ahead and reheated in the oven before you are ready to serve. Just warm at 325 degrees for 10-15 until warm.
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Ok, now I need to do some Christmas shopping. Help. I am SO behind. Major panic mode has begun!

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  1. 1 star
    The Eater article brought me here. Wow! You couldn’t bother to learn the correct pronunciation of the recipe you are profiting from. You couldn’t bother to acknowledge what latkes are or why they are significant in Judaism. It wasn’t a sign you saw them in magazines, it’s the calendar. Those recipes were for Hanukkah. The only obvious thing about you is your willful ignorance.

    1. Hey Maria,
      Sorry for the confusion, you want to use 1/4 cup. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. Only 1 potato? I’m wondering how many this makes. I’m thinking just a couple? 3 or 4? I am making them for 7 or 8 people so I’m not sure how many times to multiply the recipe.

    1. The recipe will make about 4-6 depending on the size of the potato. I would triple the recipe and use 3 potatoes. Happy Holidays! ?

  3. Made these last night and they were AWESOME !!! My husband and I LOVED THEM ! Thank you for the recipe! I did use all the spicy stuff including 2 chipotles because we like it spicy .

  4. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who
    you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if
    you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  5. No adobo around here so substituted diced jalapenos and chipotle salsa. HOLY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Holy Yes!!!! So glad you like these!! Thank for trying the recipe and letting me know you love them!!

  6. These sound fantastic! I love the addition of cheddar and chipotle – I just made some apple-cheddar latkes (which were delicious!) so I’m positive these will be wonderful as well. 😀

  7. How do you do it? How do you get so many luscious delicious meals and posts made each week?