Healthier Baked Chiles Rellenos


I love chile rellenos so this is a healthier baked version. It can be either be a main entree or a fabulous side. Serve with Spanish rice, guacamole, and tortillas.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 8 large poblano peppers

  • 4 extra large eggs

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup 2% milk

  • 1 drizzle extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ¾ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ½ (8 ounce) jar salsa

  • cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese (Optional)


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Cut poblano peppers in half and tear off stems and veins; discard seeds.

  2. Roast peppers on the preheated grill, turning often, until soft and charred, about 5 minutes. Cool until easily handled, about 10 minutes. Wipe off or peel skins and discard.

  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  4. Beat eggs, flour, and salt together vigorously in a medium mixing bowl. Flour may still be a bit clumpy but it will eventually dissolve during cooking process. Add milk and beat again.

  5. Drizzle olive oil in a 9x13-inch baking dish then place poblanos in, cut sides-up. Fill poblanos evenly with cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until egg mixture is slightly firm, about 22 minutes.

  7. Mix tomato sauce and salsa together in a bowl. Pour on top of egg mixture; add Cheddar cheese on top. Turn the oven's broiler on.

  8. Broil in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can roast the poblano peppers a few days in advance if you like. Instead of grilling, you can roast over a gas burner. Grilling is easier but with roasting over a gas burner, you can clean off more of the outer skin. To roast over a burner: roast dry over the burner set to medium-high heat until completely charred, turning as needed. Afterwards, place in a plastic bag to sweat for 10 to 20 minutes. To clean: wipe skin off over a trash can or over the sink. After cleaning them, cut in halves and remove seeds.

You can use whole milk instead of 2%.

Pick a cooked, smooth, pureed salsa; the heat level depends on you and your crowd's preference.

I recommend sticking with poblanos, but it mixes well with large Anaheim peppers as well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
10g Fat
12g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 785mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 64mg 322%
Calcium 273mg 21%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 417mg 9%

* 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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