Chiles Rellenos, Not Fried

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 50 mins
Cook 25 mins

This dish starts out as classic chili rellenos, with fresh poblano chiles, roasted, peeled and stuffed. However, instead of frying the chilies, they are nestled into a bed of rice, a sauce is poured over; and they are baked. This is a good make-ahead dish, to assemble the evening before, and then just bake it 25 minutes before you are ready to serve it. A note about the Mexican Manchego cheese: it's not the same as the expensive Spanish Manchego. Mexican Manchego is an inexpensive cheese available in supermarkets and is a good melting cheese, if it's not available, jack cheese is a good substitute.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Saute the onion until translucent, add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  3. Add corn, salt and pepper, and saute about 2 minutes.
  4. Place in a bowl and cool.
  5. Stir in the Mexican Manchego cheese and set aside.
  6. Slit the roasted and peeled poblano chiles lengthwise, remove the seeds and veins; leave the stems and tops intact.
  7. Stuff the chiles with the corn mixture.
  8. Arrance the rice in a shallow buttered casserole.
  9. Nestle the stuffed chiles into the rice, in a single layer.
  10. Mix together the crema and red salsa and pour overall.
  11. Sprinkle with anejo cheese and place in the oven.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes and serve hot.


Most Helpful

I added black beans to the recipe, and used baked, short grain, brown rice as the base. This served as our main dish at thanksgiving along with meatless enchiladas, and quacamole salad. What a wonderful alternative to traditional turkey and dressing. Everyone at the table raved about this dish, and there was just enough left over for an evening snack.

kelley1207 November 27, 2006

Yumm, I am really happy with this recipe. I made some minor changes, such as using Spanish rice instead of plain white rice, but I think that the recipe would be fab just the way it is written. True, it is not your traditional chili rellanos dish, but it is very tasty. I served it with a side of pinto beans. I like the stuffing quite a bit and am planning on using the corn/ cheese mixture as a side dish for another meal. I feel that this recipe is much healthier than the traditional type as it has less cheese and is not fried. Since there is only two of us, we have been eating this for the past few days. Thanks so much!

VegSocialWorker October 01, 2005

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