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Authentic Chiles Rellenos

An authentic fried Chiles Rellenos recipe. Anaheim peppers are roasted and then filled with melty queso Oaxaca, coated in a delicate, soft, but slightly crispy coating and served with a warm ranchero salsa. Delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 chiles
Calories: 437kcal



  • 1 jalapeño
  • 2 chiles güeros or sweet mini peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 celery stalk chopped
  • 3 small tomatoes chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules


  • 12 large Anaheim Hatch, or poblano chiles, roasted and peeled
  • 4 cups sliced Queso Oaxaca Monterey Jack, Muenster, quesadilla, or asadero cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper divided
  • 8 eggs separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups canola oil for frying



  • Boil jalapeño, chiles güeros or peppers until soft. Remove stems and chop. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and sauté onion, celery, and boiled chiles for 3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and garlic, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add flour and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add water, salt, black pepper, and granules and simmer about 5 to 10 minutes.


  • After roasting and peeling the chiles, carefully slit the bottom half of the chiles or for a milder chile relleno remove the stems and pull out the membranes and seeds being careful not to tear the chiles. Fill each chile with some cheese and set aside.
  • On a plate combine flour, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper. Place the filled chiles in the flour and coat all sides well. Shake off any excess flour. Reserve.
  • Using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer beat the egg whites and cream of tartar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper on high speed until soft peaks form.
  • Add in the egg yolks, and carefully fold the egg yolks into the egg whites being careful not to mix too much so the egg whites don’t fall.
  • Fill a large heavy-bottomed saucepan about a third of the way up with canola oil and heat on medium-high heat. You want to get the oil very hot before frying your chile rellenos. Test the oil by dropping some of the egg white mixture into the oil. If the mixture sizzles and floats to the top, it’s the right temperature. If it sinks, the oil is not hot enough.
  • Dip the filled and flour-dusted chiles into the egg mixture until well coated, forming a little cocoon. Coat each chile one at a time just prior to frying. Carefully place the egg-coated chile rellenos in the hot oil, about 2 at a time. Fry until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Change paper towels 2 to 3 times to absorb excess oil.
  • Arrange the chiles rellenos on a serving platter and drizzle each with some warm ranchero sauce and serve.



  • Make ahead tip: Refrigerate roasted chiles stuffed with cheese overnight.
  • What type of chile peppers are used for chile rellenos? This recipe is made with Anaheim chile peppers. The common chile relleno often calls for poblano chiles, but various kinds of chiles can be used such as Anaheim, Hatch, or poblano. Chiles rellenos can be made with your favorite long green chile.
  • To seed or not to seed chiles: To seed or not to seed chile peppers is truly up to you. My mom left the stem and seeds in these chile peppers, but for a mild chile relleno you may want to pull out the membranes and seeds being careful not to tear the chiles.
  • Separate eggs: Separate eggs and make sure there are no traces of yolk in the whites, or the whites will not whip properly.
  • Drain the chiles: Drain the fried chiles on a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil. Change paper towels 2 to 3 times to absorb excess oil.


Serving: 1chile | Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1423mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg