Chiles rellenos, or stuffed peppers, are a popular and delicious Mexican dish that has been enjoyed for generations. Made with roasted poblano peppers, filled with cheese or meat, and topped with tomato sauce, chiles rellenos are a perfect comfort food for any occasion.
In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to make chiles rellenos at home, using simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions.
- 6 poblano peppers
- 1/2 lb of ground beef or shredded chicken (optional)
- 1/2 cup of cooked rice (optional)
- 1 cup of grated cheese (such as Oaxaca or Monterrey Jack)
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 2 cups of tomato sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Roast the poblano peppers: Preheat the broiler in your oven. Place the peppers on a baking sheet and broil for 5-7 minutes on each side, until the skin is charred and blistered. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Peel the peppers: Once the peppers are cool, carefully remove the skin by gently rubbing it off with your hands. Cut a small slit in each pepper and remove the seeds and membranes.
Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, mix together the cooked rice, ground beef or shredded chicken (if using), and grated cheese. Stuff each pepper with the filling, being careful not to overfill.
Prepare the batter: In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks until pale and creamy. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolks until well combined. Add the flour and mix until smooth.
Dip the peppers in the batter: Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dip each pepper into the batter, coating evenly on all sides.
Fry the peppers: Carefully place each pepper in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
Prepare the tomato sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the tomato sauce over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve: Place the chiles rellenos on a plate and pour the tomato sauce over the top. Garnish with chopped cilantro or sliced avocado, if desired.