Baked Cheese and Spinach Chiles Rellenos


Embark on a flavorful journey with Savory Fiesta: Baked Cheese and Spinach Chiles Rellenos. This dish is a healthier twist on the traditional Mexican favorite, featuring poblano peppers stuffed with a creamy blend of cheese and spinach, then baked to perfection. It's a delightful fusion of robust flavors and textures, making it a perfect main course or a standout side dish. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or looking for a comforting meal, these Chiles Rellenos will be a surefire hit.

Baked Cheese and Spinach Chiles Rellenos

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 stuffed poblano pepper

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g


  • 6 poblano peppers
  • 200g (7oz) fresh spinach, chopped
  • 300g (10.5oz) mixed cheeses (e.g., mozzarella, cheddar, Monterey Jack), shredded
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup tomato sauce

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Char the poblano peppers on all sides under the broiler or over an open flame. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let steam for 10 minutes. Peel, slit open, and remove seeds.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until soft. Add spinach, cooking until wilted. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.
  3. In each poblano pepper, place a generous amount of cheese and top with the spinach mixture. Close the peppers and place them in a baking dish.
  4. Pour tomato sauce over the peppers. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs or a dollop of sour cream.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Handle poblano peppers carefully to keep them intact for stuffing.
  • Use a mix of cheeses for a richer flavor.
  • Adjust the spice level to your preference with additional chili flakes or hot sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Chiles Rellenos ahead of time?

Yes, prepare up to the point of baking and refrigerate. Bake before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I use different fillings?

Absolutely, try with different vegetables, beans, or even ground meat.