Chili Relleno

Day 25 of Recipe Marathon #2.

As much as I like making quick meals, I also like making elaborate meals once in a while. I keep these kind of meals on leisure days like weekends.

Apart from Indian food we love Mexican foods for the spice, and any Mexican recipe can be made into vegetarian recipe. So I tried making Chili Relleno over the weekend.

I got the basic sauce recipe from the TLC’s Take home chef show, sauce was very simple and at the same time looked very authentic. I have modified the recipe according to my taste.

Here goes the recipe for it.


 For making this dish, some Preparations are required. It takes little time, but its all worth it once you put those hot chili’s with some beans and melting cheese into your mouth. 

 1. Roasting peppers ( Can be done on a open flame or I have used oven for roasting peppers, when roasting many peppers its very convenient doing this way)

 2. Soaking Mexican chili for at least 20 min in hot water,and then grinding, this chili sauce is the base for the sauce.

3. Cooking beans, I used small lentils to stuff the chili’s so it takes no soaking time and less cooking time. One can also use store brought beans, or skip beans and stuff the chili’s with just cheese.


Roasting Peppers

  • Pre heat oven  at 450 degree Fahrenheit, Rub little oil on the peppers and arrange them on foil on a baking sheet and put it in oven, when top side starts to brown (takes about 10-12 mins) turn and brown on the other side (5-10 mins)
  • Once this step is done, take out from oven and put all the chili’s in  covered with plastic wrap or with a plate or lid. Let it steam and leave for 10 Min’s. This helps skin come out easily from the peppers.
  • Once cool enough to handle, remove the skin,  make slit and remove the seeds inside as well. Keep aside.

* While pepper are roasting , make the chili sauces. Explained below.


 One big Mexican hot chili. Soak in warm or hot water for at least 20 Min’s or till soft. Then with the water grind to make a sauce( use adobe sauce instead). This is the base for the sauce. Keep aside.


  1. Cook beans or use store brought.  Take a spoon full and stuff the chili’s, stuff all of them and keep aside.
  2. Make the sauce, Chop onion, tomato (1 each), heat oil when hot add chopped veggies, once they are cooked till soft add chili sauce prepared earlier. Adjust according to your spice level( i have used 3/4 portion shown above) Allow it to cook and combine well add salt and adjust to taste.
  3. Once done, simmer the heat on the stove.
  4. Add the stuffed pepper onto the sauce, sprinkle with cheese little or more.
  5. Cover with lid and cook until cheese melts (since beans and chili’s are cooked, it doesn’t take much time at all, it can also be done inside the oven)
  6. Once the cheese melts, serve. Eat warm. Garnish with few cilantro leaves.

It tasted very authentic, spicy and very flavorful better than any restaurant food I have tasted. Making sauces at home from scratch make whole lot of difference to the dish.

Enjoy !

Check out recipes of my fellow Marathoners.

DK , Srivalli, Ranji, PJ, CurryLeaf, Medha, Priya, Bhawna, Raaji, Anu, Kamala, Roopa, Divya Kudua, Rekha, Divya M, Lakshmi, Raaga, Lakshmi Venkatesh, Sripriya, Viji, Kamalika, Pavani, Karuna, Roochi


14 Responses to “Chili Relleno”

  1. Lakshmi Says:

    Looks delish. I am imagining the taste of hot peppers stuffed with beans dipped in chilli tomato sauce topped with cheese yummy! what is it eaten with? I mean what is the main course which goes well with it?

    Hey Lakshmi,
    It was very yummy, we had that as a main course itself, beans fills you up. You can eat this with some rice or mexican corn chips.

  2. Medhaa Says:

    wow looks so yummy.

  3. Priya Says:

    Looks yummy..wat a tremendous way of preparing these chillyrelleno…great way to go Madhu..keep rocking gal!!!

  4. shilpa k Says:

    I love mexican too…..this looks really tempting…. surely will give it a try.

  5. rekha Says:

    wow what a recipe have to try this one

  6. Srivalli Says:

    looks so colourful madhu!

  7. Ramya Vijaykumar Says:

    wow this is so divine and a perfect snack /starter on a buffet day…

  8. Sweatha Says:

    I know they are spicy and delicious.I too made them I used poblanos and flame roasted them and served as a snack stuffed with cheese,rice and salsa.I did not put the chilis in gravy.This version is delish and yes,if there are more chilis,then oven roasting is nice and practical.

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