Monday, September 6, 2010

Chile Rellenos

Blistering fresh chilies is one of the tricks of the Mexican food cooking- and this is even more true for the making of chile rellenos.The perfect chile rellenos is not too crunchy or too mushy and the batter coating is not too oily or too dry. (can you make up your mind ;-))...and this time I got it almost perfect!  I made it a few times before but was not happy with the result so I procrastinated the posting of this Mexican delicacy, which is probably the most enjoyed when we eat out at Mexican restaurants....on accounts that the vegetarian array is rather restricted on most menus. Top it with some good tomato salsa for a great finish!

....since quite a few of you requested the recipe, here it is:


  • 8 whole Poblano chilies
  • 8 ounces of your favorite cheese
  • (preferably a Mexican variety from Oaxaca or Chihuahua, but Monterey Jack or Cheddar can also be used)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • Salt, pepper, oregano
  • Oil for frying
  1. Using a comal or griddle on high heat, brown the chiles on all sides. Turn chiles frequently so they don't burn. You can also broil chiles directly on the center rack in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Do not let chiles overcook. They need be firm enough to fry.
  2. Remove chiles from the heat and place them directly in a sealed plastic bag to steam. Let chiles steam in bag for 5 minutes. Do not oversteam. The chiles need to be firm enough to fry. Remove chiles from bag and peel, leaving the stems intact. Slit chiles lengthwise, remove seeds, and rinse out any remaining seeds.
  3. Place 1 oz of cheese inside each chile. Mix the flour with a small amount of salt, pepper and oregano in a flat plate for dipping. Roll each chili in the flour to lightly coat. Cover the bottom of a large skillet with about 1 inch of oil and heat over high heat for frying.
  4. Separate the eggs. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Stir egg yolks until combined. Gently fold yolks into egg whites. Dip entire chili into the egg until completely coated and shake off any excess.
  5. Immediately put chiles into the hot oil 2 or 3 at a time. Fry until they are golden brown on each side (about 2 minutes). Serve immediately. Garnish with crumbled cheese or cilantro. Serve with your favorite salsa.
Tip: For best results, choose poblano chiles that are deep green and have no blemishes, soft spots or wrinkles.


Mary said...

Wow! These look good. What time is dinner:-). I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

girlichef said...

I LOOOOVE Chiles Rellenos! YUM =)

veena krishnakumar said...

wow!!!! so tempting

Monet said...

Delicous. This is my husband's favorite Mexican dish (and I like it quite a bit too!) Thanks for sharing such tempting photographs...I want to eat one right now!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Adelina
Great photography...but how did you make it? I dont think I can get this in Delhi...but wd like to make it the way you did,,,,Please give some tips to proceed...
I liked your appreciation at my blog and responded too.
have a nice week ahead

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Tempting clicks, but can you tell me how did you make this?

Hamaree Rasoi

Adelina said...

Thanks everyone...I also posted the recipe now!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Many thanks Adelina, was just waiting for it. Let me see what all ingredient I get here in India.
Have a nice day

Tanvi said...

Hey ..I too posted a jalapeno recipe today! :)
Your look yummy and melting with goodness.

Sinfully Spicy

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Thanks Adelina :-) This certainly looks my kind oF dish

Hamaree Rasoi

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