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Chiles Rellenos

Perfectly delicious Chiles Rellenos. Crunchy, yet fluffy. Delicate, cheesy and tender chile interior. Plus a recipe for awesome chile relleno sauce.
Categories Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword chile relleno, chile relleno recipe, how to make chile rellenos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 671 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


Chiles Rellenos

  • 5-6 medium-to-large Anaheim chile peppers unpeeled, stems attached
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup Monterrey jack cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour plus 1/4 cup for coating
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil plus enough to coat deep skillet to approx. 1/4-inch
  • vegetable/canola oil enough to coat deep skillet to approx. 1/4-inch

Chile Relleno Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 28- oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock preferably homemade
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. There are several ways to peel a chile pepper: (1) place about six inches beneath the broiler on a baking sheet, (2) place on an outdoor grill or (3) place on top of a gas stove (my method -- though be sure to have ventilation 'cuz it can get a bit smoky). Any way you choose, use tongs to turn the chile peppers as they darken. The idea is to burn as much of the peel/skin as possible. Keep a close eye on the chiles as they may go from blistered to burnt very quickly.
  2. Once the skin is fully charred, place the hot chiles into a Ziploc bag and seal. Set aside for several minutes. The steam within the bag will help with removal of the skin.
  3. Once the chiles are cool enough to touch, carefully make one slit up the side of each chile, keeping the stem intact. Gently remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers. Gently stuff each chile with a combination of grated cheddar and Monterrey jack cheese until you're just able to close at the slit comfortably. If the chile is refusing to stay together, you can try using a toothpick, but I found it unnecessary.
  4. Whip the egg whites by hand or with an electric mixer until stiff. Set aside. Combine milk, 1/2 cup flour, egg yolks, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. olive oil in a deep large bowl. Gently fold in the egg whites until just mixed.
  5. Pour equal amounts olive oil and vegetable/canola oil to reach 1/4-inch depth in a large, deep skillet. Heat oil to medium-high.
  6. In a shallow bowl, spread out 1/4 cup flour. Roll each stuffed chile in the flour and gently shake off all excess flour. Dip chile into batter, holding the chile by its stem. Cover the chile as much as possible with the batter up to the stem, but leave the stem uncovered. The stem will be your holding/flipping device. Quickly transfer to hot skillet. Cook each chile until lightly browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels until ready to serve. Serve quickly if possible, and with some chile relleno sauce (see below for recipe).
  7. Heat oil in medium-large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until sweating, about 5-8 minutes. Add kosher salt, pepper and garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add flour, tomatoes and oregano and cook until thickened, about 5-8 minutes.
  9. Add stock and bay leaf and bring to a boiling, cooking for about 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  10. Using a stick blender, blender or food processor, puree the sauce until smooth. Serve with chiles rellenos.
Nutrition Facts
Chiles Rellenos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 671 Calories from Fat 266
% Daily Value*
Fat 29.5g45%
Saturated Fat 13.4g67%
Cholesterol 140.6mg47%
Sodium 2013.4mg84%
Carbohydrates 74.8g25%
Fiber 12.9g52%
Sugar 30.9g34%
Protein 33.1g66%
Vitamin A 3200IU64%
Vitamin C 298.7mg362%
Calcium 610mg61%
Iron 5.9mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.