Authentic Mexican Chile Rellenos


Authentic chile relleno recipe handed down for generations in my family.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 6 fresh Anaheim chile peppers

  • 1 (8 ounce) package queso asadero (white Mexican cheese), cut into 3/4-inch thick strips

  • 2 large eggs, separated

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening for frying


  1. Preheat the oven broiler; set the oven rack about 6 inches below the heat source. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Place peppers onto the prepared baking sheet and broil until skins are blackened and blistered, about 10 minutes. Use tongs to rotate peppers often to char all sides. Place blackened peppers into a bowl and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to steam as they cool, about 15 minutes.

  3. Remove skin from peppers, then cut a slit down the long side of each one to remove seeds and core. Rinse peppers inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Stuff peppers with strips of cheese.

  4. Whisk egg yolks and baking powder in a bowl until combined. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold beaten whites into the yolk mixture. Place flour into a separate shallow bowl.

  5. Melt vegetable shortening in a skillet over medium heat. Roll each stuffed pepper in flour, tap off excess flour, and dip into the egg mixture to coat both sides. Gently lay coated peppers into the hot shortening. Fry peppers until lightly golden brown and cheese has melted, about 5 minutes per side.

    Authentic Chile Rellenos
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Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the flour for breading. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
16g Fat
17g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 65mg 324%
Calcium 312mg 24%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 217mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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