Devils on Horseback Recipe

An English pub snack is re-imagined with Mexican ingredients: Devils on Horseback become Diablos a Caballo. A great snack for Halloween, or Dia de Los Muertos, or anytime a boozy beverage is in hand.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 12 servings

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  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12 prunes
  • 2 dried Ancho chile peppers
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the coffee, Kahlua, sugar, prunes, and chile peppers in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow ingredients to steep until the Ancho chiles have softened, about 5 minutes more. Drain the plums and chiles and set aside to cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 500°F.

  3. Using a sharp knife, slice off the stems from the Ancho chiles, then cut a slit down the side of each chile. Open the chiles like a book, then scrape out and discard any seeds. Cut the chilies into 12 strips about 1/2-inch wide.

  4. Wrap each prune in a strip of chile, then in a strip of bacon, and then arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven until the bacon becomes crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the chopped pumpkin seeds. Season to taste with the black pepper. Serve warm