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Chile Rellenos
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Delicious Mexican Chile Rellenos - deep fried chile peppers stuffed with cheese, and served with a flavorful red sauce. So good!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chile relleno recipe, chile rellenos, chili rellenos
Servings: 4
Calories: 406 kcal
  • 4 large Poblano Peppers
  • 8 ounces queso blanco cheese (Mexican Manchego, sliced or shredded)
  • 5 large eggs (chilled and separated into whites and yolks)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • vegetable oil (for frying, enough to reach a depth of 2 inches in your frying pan)
  • Salsa Roja sauce, for serving
  • Spanish Rice, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the rack at about 6 inches from the heat source. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place peppers on the baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes, using tongs to turn them occasionally, roasting until the skins are blackened and charred. 

  2. Transfer the roasted peppers to a plastic bag or tightly sealed tupperware container for about 10 minutes, allowing them to steam as they cool.

  3. Carefully peel the skin from the peppers using a pairing knife or your fingers, being careful not to tear the pepper (rinsing your fingers if they become sticky, but do not rinse the peppers, themselves.)

  4. Cut a slit along the long side of each pepper, about 2 to 3 inches long, just big enough to get a spoon into (or use an existing tear.) Delicately insert the spoon into the pepper and scrape the seeds and the white membrane out, trying as hard as you can to not tear the flesh, as it can tear easily.

  5. Stuff the peppers with some of the cheese; work slowly, delicately, and without forcing. If the piece of cheese is too large, trim it down until it fits inside. Don't over-stuff the pepper; make sure the open edges of the pepper can still be closed together (Use toothpicks if needed to close them, but don’t forget to remove them!)

  6. To prepare the batter, whisk the egg yolks in a bowl with a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until the whites form stiff peaks. Slowly and gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolks until combined and fluffy.

  7. Place flour into a shallow bowl.

  8. Heat oil in a large dutch oven or deep skillet until the oil is hot enough that a drop of batter sizzles and floats to the top.

  9. Gently roll each stuffed pepper in flour, tap off excess flour.

  10. Dip the stuffed peppers into the batter to coat both sides, then carefully place it into the hot oil to fry. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, turning it over halfway until batter is a crisp golden brown. Fry in batches if necessary; do not overcrowd the pan.

  11. Remove the peppers from the oil and let them drain on paper towels until all the peppers have been fried.

  12. Put a few spoonfuls of enchilada sauce on a plate, topped with some Spanish rice, and a stuffed pepper on top.

  13. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make-Ahead Directions:

  1. The peppers may be roasted, peeled, seeded, and stuffed, then frozen up to 1 month. Place all of the stuffed peppers into a large freezer-safe casserole dish; cover them with aluminum foil and then wrap the entire dish in plastic wrap to completely seal, leaving no part of the peppers exposed to avoid freezer burn. Alternatively, you can also freeze each pepper individually by allowing them to cool, then wrapping them in plastic wrap. Set them into airtight freezer bags and freeze.
  2. When you’re ready to finish making them, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator. Then proceed with preparing the batter and deep frying them.
  3. Battered and fried chiles will hold for about 1-2 hours at room temperature. After that, you’ll need to reheat them in a 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes or so to get that absorbed oil to crisp up again.

For step by step pictures and instruction, please refer to the full article and watch the video.

Nutrition Facts
Chile Rellenos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 324mg108%
Sodium 450mg19%
Potassium 385mg11%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1301IU26%
Vitamin C 132mg160%
Calcium 663mg66%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.