Easy Chile Relleno Egg Rolls


I love chile rellenos, but they can be time-consuming to make from scratch. This chili relleno recipe with egg roll wraps is a fast fix. Feel free to spoon your favorite ranchera sauce over the top if serving with rice and beans. This recipe comes from my 76-year-old Japanese mother, who learned it from a Filipino lady she used to work with back in the early 80s. If using wonton wrappers, you can serve these as appetizers. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
24 egg rolls


  • 2 (12 ounce) packages egg roll wrappers

  • 1 (27 ounce) can whole green chiles - seeded, drained well, and patted dry

  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 3x1/2-inch thick strips

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Lay a wrapper on a work surface diagonally, so it resembles a diamond. Place a slice of green chile horizontally across wrapper, 1 inch above the bottom point. Lay a strip of Monterey Jack cheese on top of chile.

  2. Dip an index finger into a small bowl of water and moisten the wrapper edges. Roll wrapper up and over chile and cheese, starting from the point closest to you. Bring in both sides, making sure to press firmly to seal filling. Continue rolling away from you to enclose filling. Repeat with remaining wrappers, chiles, and cheese.

  3. Heat approximately 1/2 inch oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat.

  4. Working in batches, fry rolls in hot oil, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.


This is a good springboard recipe. The amount of chiles and cheese is a basic guideline. If you use more chiles and cheese than specified, your recipe will yield less than 24 egg rolls and vice versa.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
8g Fat
18g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 636mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 22mg 109%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 98mg 2%

* 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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