Layered Chiles Rellenos Recipe

About Chiles Rellenos

So I love the taste of poblano peppers. I especially like them when prepared as Mexican Chile Rellenos.

These are stuffed poblano peppers coated with a fried fluffy egg mixture. The filling can be a flavorful mixture of ground beef with vegetables, vegetables only or either of those with cheese.

The combination of the pepper and the cooked fluffy egg tastes great, but the egg absorbs too much fat when fried. This is why I don’t normally prepare chiles rellenos the traditional way.

What I do instead is prepare a different variation of the dish but still end up with similar flavors.

I have tried two different variations.

For one, I prepare the egg mixture, and cook egg patties separately and use them as a garnish. This can decrease the amount of fat if the patties are not too large, but they still absorb a lot of oil.

The  second version of the dish that I prepare more often is the layered chiles rellenos. For this version, I prepare thin egg omelettes, and layers the ingredients in a pan as if I was preparing a lasagne.

Layered Chiles Rellenos Recipe


3 large Poblano Peppers

1 tbsp olive oil plus more for omelettes

1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey

3 large eggs

Homemade Salsa 

1 medium carrot, grated

1 tsp SeasonAll

3 garlic cloves, chopped

black pepper, 1/4 tsp

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp Mexican oregano

Salt to taste 

Queso Fresco or cheddar cheese 


  • Place poblano peppers on a aluminum foil lined baking sheet
  • Broil the peppers in the oven for a total 8-10 minutes, 4-5 minutes on each side until there are visible blisters
  • Peel the peppers, but first place in a plastic bag for 2-3 minutes so that the steam can make this process easier to accomplish
  • Once peeled, cut the stems and cut through one side of the peppers, open, remove the seeds lay the peppers flat, and set aside.
  • Next, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the carrots and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the ground meat and the spices and stir to separate the meat for 3 to 4 minutes until cooked. 
  • Next, using a small frying pan prepare 3 small open egg omelettes using olive oil, and adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Lightly grease a glass baking dish with olive oil and begin layering’
  • Place a poblano pepper on the bottom, and layer the rest of the ingredients and repeat to make three layers: poblano pepper, cooked meat, salsa, omelette, cheese, repeat. Add extra salsa on top!
  • Place layered dish into a 350 preheated oven for  only a few minutes to heat up and melt the cheese
  • Enjoy!

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