Cheesy Chile Relleno

Cheesy Chile Relleno

When it is pepper season, one of my favorite dishes are Cheesy Chile Rellenos. Breaded and fried, cheese-stuffed poblano peppers are just so good!

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What is a Chile Relleno?

A chile relleno is a grilled poblano pepper that is stuffed with cheese and then battered and fried. Usually you will find chile rellenos accompanied by a red sauce of some sort.

How to Remove Poblano Pepper Skins

After roasting the chilies on the grill until they are charred, immediately wrap the peppers in foil and allow to cool. Then, when they are cool enough to handle, the skins should easily slip off the peppers. Once the skins are off the chilies, it is time to de-seed the peppers.

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De-seeding the peppers

For this step, you will want to wear food-grade gloves. Poblano peppers usually aren’t all that spicy, but occasionally they are and you won’t know until it is too late. Besides, you will be removing the seeds and ribs of the pepper which is where most of the heat in peppers live. Safety first, unless you like to life dangerously!

When cutting open the chilies, slit them lengthwise along one of the folds leaving the stem intact. Then gently cut out the pocket of seeds. The seeds and ribs then should come out easily.


Next comes the filling. You can fill these with a Mexican cheese blend, but these are much better with a traditional Mexican cheese-Oaxaca. Oaxaca is very similar to mozzarella cheese and is formed into long ropes of cheese. To prepare the cheese for the chilies, shred the cheese as you would shred any meat by breaking it apart with a fork. Once the cheese is crumbled, stuff the chilies and fasten the chile closed with a couple toothpicks.

Breading Chile Rellenos

Once the chiles are stuffed it is time for breading. Roll each chile in the flour and set aside. Then whip the egg whites until they are at stiff peaks when the whisk is removed. Finally, and maybe the strangest part, coat the chiles with the egg whites. This is where the coating or breading happens. More egg white means more coating.

How to Fry Chile Rellenos

Heat the oil in a dutch oven or medium sized pot. Then, after coating your chiles with egg white, immediately place the pepper into the hot oil. Cook each side until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon.

What to Serve with Chile Rellenos Recipe

Chile Rellenos are oftentimes served with a thick sauce-like salsa. (I prepared mine on the stove while I was making the rellenos.) Some elect to put it on the side, others put it right on top…it is really a personal preference.

Storing Chile Rellenos

While you can put leftovers in the refrigerator for a day or two, Chile Rellenos are really best when consumed immediately after cooking. If you would like to meal prep for this recipe, you can meal prep the grilled poblanos by grilling, cooling, and removing the skins and de-seeding. Then, put those in the refrigerator for a day or so before stuffing and frying.

Other Great Recipes

After you finish your Chile Relleno and you are still craving good Mexican food, how about some enchiladas? Check out this Enchilada Sauce Recipe!

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Cheese Chile Relleno on a white plate

Cheesy Chile Rellenos

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A Chile Relleno Recipe


  • 4 Poblano Peppers
  • 1 package Oaxaca Cheese
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 3 T flour
  • 4 C Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Large tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Roast the poblano peppers on the grill until the skin is black in spots and the pepper softs slightly.
  2. Immediately place in a foil packet so the peppers steam. Leave for 5 mins or more.
  3. Remove skins and seeds from peppers and set aside.
  4. Crumble cheese.
  5. Stuff the peppers and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Start the sauce by cooking onions in the bottom of a medium sized pot until soft. Add garlic and cook for a min.
  7. Add tomatoes, cover and cook until the tomatoes break down (you may need to add a little water to keep it all from sticking).
  8. Blend the salsa mixture until smooth using an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  9. Coat chiles with flour.
  10. Beat egg whites until stiff and then coat chiles with the egg whites.
  11. Heat 4 cups vegetable oil in a dutch oven until a drop of egg whites begins to sizzle.
  12. Fry Chiles in oil 2 at a time until each side is golden brown.
  13. Remove and place on paper towel lined rack to drain and cool for a few minutes.
  14. Serve with salsa and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2023Total Fat: 220gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 192gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g
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