Chile Rellenos



Serving size

2 peppers
60 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied, but once cooked, the chile rellenos do not keep well.

Chile Rellenos


4 pepper Poblano Pepper
1 tsp. Olive oil
1 medium White onions (minced)
1 small Chipotle peppers In adobo sauce (finely minced)
3 Ounces Reduced fat monterey jack cheese (shredded)
4 Tbsp. Coriander (cilantro) leaves, raw (coarsely chopped)
1 large Egg(s)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard (or chipotle paste)
4 ounces Panko (or gluten-free panko)
1/4 tsp.. Ground cumin
1/2 tsp.. Smoked paprika
1/2 tsp., leaves Dried oregano
1 to taste Black pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place the poblano peppers in the oven and roast them for about 20 minutes.

Turn them about every 5 minutes: the skin of the chili should begin to turn black and soften.

Remove the peppers from the oven and place in a brown paper bag.

After about 30 minutes, the peppers should be cool.

Remove them from the paper bag and gently peel the thin skin from the pepper.

Using the point of a knife, cut around the stem end and gently remove the core and seeds from the inside, trying to keep the pepper whole.

While the peppers are roasting, place the olive oil in a large skillet and heat over medium high heat.

Add the onion and cook for 7 to 8 minutes.

Add the minced chipotle and cook for another two minutes.

Remove from the heat and chill the onion and chipotle mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour.

After the mixture is cool, toss it together with the cilantro and shredded cheese.

Form the resulting mixture into 4 small cylinders. Place the cylinders inside the peppers and reform the poblanos to resemble whole peppers.

Place the egg and mustard in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.

In a bowl, place the breadcrumbs, ground cumin, paprika, oregano salt and black pepper. Mix together with a fork.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Coat the peppers with the egg and mustard mixture and then coat with the seasoned breadcrumbs.

After all of the peppers are coated, place the peppers on a cookie sheet then put them into the oven.

Bake for about 7 minutes.

Spray lightly with spray oil and turn over, then cook another 7-8 minutes.

Serve immediately.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs in this dish.


This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Mexican and Southwestern foods are some of the easiest to make changes to that make for a healthier recipe. This is because many of the techniques and ingredients are easily replaced, as with the breading and cheese in this recipe. The other reason that this works so well is that there are so many fresh and strong flavors to work with.

I love using Olo’s Chipotle Paste in this recipe instead of the mustard. It brings a great additional spicy flavor to the dish. Likewise, using smoked paprika instead of the paprika brings a great dimension to the chiles.

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