Baked Beef Chiles Rellenos Casserole


This spicy beef and poblano pepper casserole is super-easy, delicious, and a low-carb version of chiles rellenos. Serve with dollops of low-fat sour cream and pico de gallo or salsa.

Baked Beef Chiles Rellenos Casserole
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
51 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 21 mins


  • 6 large poblano peppers, halved and seeded

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers

  • cooking spray

  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, or to taste


  1. Set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place poblano peppers cut-side down onto the prepared baking sheet.

  2. Cook under the preheated broiler until poblano pepper skins have blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes. Place blackened peppers into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to steam as they cool, about 10 minutes.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, paprika, chipotle pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until beef is no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add onion; cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes with green chiles; cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes more. Let beef mixture cool.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

  5. Run water over the poblano peppers to remove skins and discard them; drain peppers on paper towels. Place a layer of peppers on the bottom of the prepared dish; place 1/3 of the beef mixture on top. Cover with 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend. Repeat layers twice more in the same order.

  6. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
23g Fat
9g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 44mg 221%
Calcium 297mg 23%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 386mg 8%

* 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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