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An iconic dish of Mexico -- roasted, peeled poblano chiles stuffed with cheese, dipped in an egg batter and fried. Served with a simple tomato sauce.
Warmed, left-over chile rellenos are great as a sandwich in a toasted bun.
Photos and more detailed instructions are on my blog,

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Servings: 6


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  1. Grill poblano chiles until blackened and blistered (see my blog if you need detailed instructions)
  2. While poblanos are steaming, cut tomatoes into quarters or eighths, depending on their size, and squeeze out seeds. Strain seeds, saving the juice.
  3. Roughly chop onion and garlic.
  4. Purée tomatoes, juice, onion and garlic in blender. Fry the sauce. (Yes, you read it right. “Fry” is the verb used in Mexican cookbooks to describe making a cooked salsa.) Bring 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a moderately high temperature in the skillet, add the tomato mixture, and stand back — it will spatter and spit a bit, but will calm down as you stir it. Add dry Mexican oregano (not Greek oregano) and stir occasionally while simmering for 15 minutes. Salt to taste, but don’t skimp on the salt. Too little will result in a flat-tasting sauce.
  5. While the sauce is simmering, peel and seed chiles and stuff with wedges of cheese. If the piece of cheese is not too large, you can slightly fold the flap of chile over the other side of the slit, sealing the cheese in. The cooked egg batter will hold this flap closed.
  6. For egg coating: beat egg whites with 1/4 teaspoon of salt until stiff but not dry. Fold in egg yolks, one at a time. This is the chile coating. There is no flour added.
  7. Holding the flap closed, roll each chile in flour, without getting flour inside the chile. The idea is to completely coat it so that the egg has something to stick to. Then dip each chile in the beaten egg to completely coat it.
  8. Heat oil to 350 deg. F. (180 C.) Oil should be 3/4"-1"deep.
  9. Cook only two chiles at a time.Turn the chiles over after 30-45 seconds in the oil, or until they are golden brown on all sides. Place on several layers of paper towels to absorb oil. Keep warm on a hot plate or in a 200 deg. F. (95 C.) oven while you batter and cook the remaining chiles.
  10. When all are done, spoon hot tomato sauce into individual dishes or a large platter and arrange chiles rellenos on the sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs or chopped cilantro.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 199g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 126  
Calories from Fat 45 36%
Total Fat 5.05g 6%
Saturated Fat 1.14g 5%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Potassium 353mg 10%
Total Carbs 15.75g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 7%
Sugars 4.2g 3%
Protein 5.59g 9%
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  • Kathleen is Cooking in Mexico
    If you want a taste of real Mexico, this is the recipe to try. It takes a while to roast and peel the chiles, but it is well worth the time.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • A.L. Wiebe
      Thank you Kathleen;
      I have been searching for a good recipe for Chiles Rellenos, and have finally found it...this looks wonderful.
      • Smokinhotchef
        This looks and sounds amazing! Reminds me of when I first tried this dish at a Mexican Eatery. I have since ordered from some other "Authentic" Mexican restaurants, whose dish was not even close to this or the one I remembered most. Thanks for sharing.


        • ShaleeDP
          May 15, 2015
          What can i do, i like spicy foods!
          • Kathleen is Cooking in Mexico
            May 5, 2011
            I hope you make them, A.L. Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and this would make a perfect Mexican meal.

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