Rajas con Crema, Elote, y Queso (Creamy Poblano Peppers and Sweet Corn)


Roasted poblano peppers and sweet corn kernels simmered in a sauce made with cream and Mexican cheese. A deliciously easy Mexican staple.

close up view of Rajas con Crema, Elote, y Queso (Creamy Poblano Peppers and Sweet Corn) in a pan
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 8 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 33 mins
4 servings


  • 4 poblano peppers

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 1 ear fresh corn, kernels cut off

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 small onion, sliced

  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 4 ½ ounces Mexican manchego cheese, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and add poblano peppers. Brush peppers with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

  2. Roast poblano peppers in the preheated oven for 20 minutes; flip and continue roasting until skin is charred and flesh is soft, about 20 minutes more.

  3. Place roasted peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap; let steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove plastic wrap and peel the skins from the peppers and remove seeds and stems. Cut peppers into strips.

  4. Bring a pot of water to a boil; cook corn kernels until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain.

  5. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Add poblano pepper strips and corn; season with chicken bouillon granules and cook for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in cream and manchego cheese; simmer until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Mexican manchego is very different than Spanish manchego. It can be replaced with Chihuahua cheese, another Mexican variety. In a pinch you can use a mild Cheddar cheese.

The poblano peppers can also be cooked over a gas flame on the stovetop. Turn your burner to medium and arrange peppers over the flame using tongs. Roast, turning the peppers with the tongs until the skin is charred, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

347 Calories
29g Fat
13g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 347
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 674mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 73mg 367%
Calcium 191mg 15%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 330mg 7%

* 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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