Chiles Rellenos



Vegetables for roasting:

2 lbs. fresh chile poblano (about 810 chiles- 1kg)

1 lb. fresh tomatoes (500g)

12 fresh chile serrano

For the Sauce: 

1 clove garlic

2 tbsp. olive oil (30ml)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the stuffed chiles:

1 lb. white cheese, such as Monterrey Jack or Oaxaca cheese (500g)

1 cup all-purpose flour (125g)

Salt and pepper to taste

5 eggs, separated

Vegetable oil for frying


Sliced avocado

Crumbled queso fresco

Sliced onions

Sliced radishes


Rinse the chile poblano, chile serrano and tomatoes under running water. Place all of chiles, and tomatoes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Place them under a preheated electric broiler and allow to roast until the vegetables are blistered and slightly blackened. Remove the vegetables from the broiler as they become fully roasted.

Place chile poblano in a clean kitchen towel and wrap into a bundle. Place the bundle in a paper bag and allow the chile poblano to sweat for at least 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the fresh tomato sauce by removing the seeds from the roasted tomatoes. Place the tomatoes in a blender along with the roasted chile serrano, 2 cups of water and a clove of garlic. Purée until smooth. Heat the olive oil in an 9” (22cm) skillet and carefully pour in  fresh sauce. Sauté the sauce until reduced, about five minutes. Set aside

Returning to the chile poblano, remove them from the paper bag and the towel bundle. Scrape away the loosened outer skin with a dinner knife and slit vertically. Do not remove the stem. Turn the chilies inside out to remove the seed core. Rinse the chiles in running water to remove any bits of skin and seeds. Fill each chile with 1-2 oz (28g-56g)of cheese as desired and close with a toothpick.

Pour the flour into a shallow dish. Season the flour lightly with salt and pepper. Dredge each prepared chile in the flour. Set aside.

In a separate clean bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, whip the egg yolks until they are smooth and lemon colored. Fold the yolks into the whites.

Add vegetable oil to a 10” (25cm) skillet and heat to 350°F (176°C). Using two forks, dip each chile in the egg batter and place in the hot vegetable oil. Fry the chiles on each side for 1-2 minutes until they are golden brown.

Remove each chile from the frying oil and drain on paper towels (you will have to fry the chiles in batches.) Hold the chiles in a warm oven until you are ready to serve.

To serve the chiles, place a small amount of the fresh tomato sauce on a platter or individual plate. Place the fried filled chile on top of the sauce. Garnish with queso fresco, cilantro, sliced onions and chopped radishes.

Keywords: chiles rellenos