HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


Poblano Pepper recipes

Please share if you have any great recipes using this delicious chile pepper. I've used it for fajitas, replacing the bell peppers i used to use. So help me out, share your great recipes, thanks a bunch!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. Ok, beyond the chile relleno, I make a layered gratin with crispy toasted corn tortilla wedges, roasted and peeled poblano strips simmered with diced fresh or canned tomatoes, onions and garlic, and a rich cheese sauce, with Jack and cheddar and Queso blanco sprinkled over the top, then baked. Not so much for summer weather, but great for a winter supper or party.

      The roasted and peeled strips make a nice topping for cheeseburgers also, better than roasted red peppers, imo. I like diced, roasted and peeled poblanos sauteed with onions and folded into grits as a side for eggs, or anything you serve grits with. Poblanos make a good base for salsa verde with tomatillos, and are delicious with fresh pineapple. I use them in chicken chili or pork stew.

      There's so many things you can do with these wonderful peppers. I'm sure you'll find a bunch of great ideas at the link ghg provided as well.

      1. Poblano strips (after roasting and peeling) are often called 'rajas' (which just means strips). The y are often served in cream or cream sauce. There's even a canned 'cream of poblano' condensed soup.

        1. This Grilled Corn, Peach and Poblano Salad is wonderful!

          I also have a poblano and corn frittata recipe at home that I'll post.

          2 Replies
          1. re: AmyH

            Corn and Pepper Frittata

            6 eggs
            1 small white onion, chopped
            1 medium poblano pepper, chopped
            1/2 jalapeno or other hot green pepper, chopped
            2 ears sweet corn
            1 cup sharp white cheddar, grated
            3 scallions, sliced
            3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
            salt and pepper to taste
            salsa verde (recipe below)

            In a medium saute pan, saute the onion and poblano and jalapeno peppers in 2 Tbsp of the olive oilwith a pinch of salt over low heat for about 7 minutes or until the onions and peppers have softened. Meanwhile, cut the kernals from 1 ear of corn and reserve. Grate the othe rear over a bowl to create corn "milk". Crack all the eggs directly into the bowl iwth the "milk" and vigorously whisk them together (this will make the eggs fluffy). Add some salt and pepper to the eggs to taste and set aside. Add the corn kernals to the oonion and pepper mixture and saute for about 1 minute. If necessary, add the last Tbsp of oil to the pan (if it looks dry) and swirl the oil around the pan. Increase the heat to medium and add the egg mixture to the pan. Add the cheddar and stir all of the ingredients around, spreading them evenly throughout the egg mixture. Place the scallions on top and gently pat down the egg. Cover and let cook for about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Transfer the pan (uncovered) to the broiler and let cook untikl the top gets a little brown and the eggs are cooked through. If the top is brown but the eggs aren't quite done, put the cover back on the pan and let it sit on the stove top (with no burners on). The heat will continue to cook the eggs. When done, cut the frittata into pieces like a pie. Serve with a dollop of salsa verde.

            Salsa Verde
            1/2 cup cilantro
            1/2 cup parsley leaves
            1 Tbsp capers
            1/2 lime, juiced
            1/2 jalapeno or other hot green pepper, roughly chopped
            1 clove garlic, quartered
            1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

            Wash and dry the herbs. Put all ingredients except the olive oil into the food processor and pulse several times. Leaving hte food processor running, slowly add the olive oil and puree to desired consistency. The flavors will become more intense as the salsa verde sits and melds.

            1. re: AmyH

              This Rick Bayless recipe is mighty tasty, too. And easy.

              Puebla-style rice (arroz a la poblana)

              2 Tbsp vegetable oil
              1 cup long grain rice
              1 onion, finely chopped
              2 cups chicken or vegetable stock or water
              salt to taste
              3 fresh poblano chilies, roated, peeled, seeded and cut into strips
              1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernals
              3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta or farmers cheese

              Heat the oil in a pot over moderate heat and saute the rice and onion, stirring frequently until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit covered for 10 mintues. Fluff with a fork and serve.

              I actually sauteed the onion and rice in a skillet then put it in my rice cooker and cooked it that way. I also used 1 1/3 cup rice and 2 1/2 cups chicken broth.

            2. I found one for grilled stuffed polanos that I have made several times. It always gets rave reviews. I got it from the Egghead forum (Big Green Egg). The smoky flavors are probably what sets it over the top but I'm sure it would still be delicious using food cooked on gas or on a regular charcoal grill. I have also used pork chops in place of the chicken and Big Jim peppers in place of the poblanos. Both versions were wonderful.

              Chicken-Corn Stuffing
              2 med onions, chopped and sautéed in butter until soft
              2 whole chicken breast, lightly grilled, cut in small cubes
              2 C Monterey jack cheese, grated
              2 C cut corn
              1 Jalapeno chile, finely chopped (optional)

              1 Roast and peel the chiles . Make a slit in the side of each chile and remove the seeds, but not the stems. Combine the stuffing ingredients thoroughly and stuff evenly into the chiles.

              2. Preheat the oven or Egg to 350*F. Place the stuffed chiles in an ungreased baking dish, add a little water in the bottom of the dish, and back for 30 minutes.

              3. Top the chiles with the remaining cheese and return them to the oven or Egg to melt the cheese, Serve with a dollop of salsa

              Salsa Fresca

              Makes 2 C
              1 ½ pounds tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into ½- inch dice
              ¼ C finely chopped onion
              ¼ C chopped cilantro
              1 jalapeno or Serrano chile, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
              3 tbs fresh lime juice
              Salt and pepper, to taste

              Mix all the ingredients together and let stand a least half an hour befor serving. Use within 24 hours
              Recipe source: The Terra Cotta Cookbook by Donna Nordin

              1. These stuffed peppers from Steven Raichlen are quite good, and great for hot weather since they can be grilled. You can cut cooking time a bit by microwaving or steaming the peppers for a few minutes before grilling. It's a nice vegetarian dish, but would probably be delicious with some chicken added, too.


                1. Hi! I am hoping to revive this thread because I have a +5 ft. tall pepper plant full of gorgeous dark green peppers. Nothing all summer, but since we've gotten cooler, I have peppers aplenty.
                  Looking for ideas and recipes. Spicy is good. We don't use pork or shellfish, and don't use meat and dairy in the same meal, but I can always sub other stuff like tofu.
                  Also, can I roast, peel, slice, and freeze the peppers I can't use before frost?
                  Thanks, p.j. in STL

                  6 Replies
                  1. re: p.j.

                    pj...you might like this pasta dish from epicurious...fettucine, red onion and poblanos...we've had it twice and it's fabulous:


                    *note* slice those poblanos very very thinly for best results

                    1. re: p.j.

                      Yes, if you want to freeze them, roast and peel first.

                      1. re: p.j.

                        Rachael Ray made an intereting side dish with poblano peppers- she called them chili fries. Basically, she dipped poblano strips in flour, egg wash, breadcrumbs and baked them on a sheet tray. I believe she made some kind of dipping sauce too..

                          1. re: c oliver

                            Nope, I'm pretty sure she used them raw. I have the episode on my tivo but I'm going to try to google it.

                            1. re: cheesecake17


                              that's the recipe- she didn't roast and peel.

                              I want to make them, but whenever I find poblano peppers they're so expensive and not even fresh looking.

                      2. This episode from Sara Moulton has a couple of recipes using poblanos


                        2 Replies
                        1. re: paulj

                          Thanks, Val & paulj for your interesting suggestions. I love fettucine - - - almost as much as linguine. Take care, p.j.

                          1. re: paulj

                            paulj, we just finished eating Sara's Enchiladas Suizas from your post. I cheated and used Herdez Salsa Verde, and cut the recipe in half except I did use two poblanos. I also threw in a couple of cloves of garlic and half an onion that I roasted with the poblanos. It was really tasty with some guac and refried beans. I'll definitely make it again.

                            By the way, I roasted six poblanos in all. I cut the leftovers into strips and divided them into two batches and stuck them in the freezer. So nice to pull them out to add to scrambled eggs or chili.

                          2. I sometimes puree them in the blender or food processor with Mexican crema to make a sauce to accompany tamales - no proportions to give you, I just do it to taste. The crema is fairly salty, and usually doesn't require additional salt. In the absence of tamales, the stuff is pretty great on anything, including a spoon. Rick Bayless has a recipe for poblano crema, but I prefer this simple method.

                            1. Poblano cream sauce. http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/vie...

                              The recipe is for chicken enchiladas, but the sauce is what it's all about. I made it a couple of weeks ago and really liked it, but will make modifications next time. It wasn't as spicy (hot) as what I was hoping and was thicker than I like. So, next time, I'll cut back on the liquids by half and only use a couple of tablespoons of flour. Then I'll adjust to my liking.

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: CocoaNut

                                This ran in the Dallas Morning News this morning. See poblano with Quinoa recipe at bottom of article.


                              2. I've made roasted poblanos stuffed with a mixture of polenta, corn, and cheese (Jack or sharp Cheddar), baked in a spicy tomato sauce. Something like this - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/co... - but not that exact recipe.

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: truman

                                  My favorite dish on earth is Chiles Rellanos. I am also totally allergic to the capsicum or whatever it's called that they give off. About 5 seconds into slicing, I start to cough and wheeze. I finally found a method that works pretty well, but it's uncomfortable. I bought some of those masks that fit over your nose and mouth that are made for painters, I guess. I can't wear my glasses while wearing the mask, but my eyes aren't so bad I can't see what I'm doing.

                                  I also can't roast them in the oven because whatever it is that makes me wheeze gets in the air. I've solved that problem by roasting them in the Weber kettle. I put them in the paper bag outside and try to take the peels off outdoors when they cool. After that, it's not so bad.

                                  It's so totally unfair that something so delicious AND so time-consuming to put together should also make me cough and wheeze!

                                2. Here is Veggo's shrimp, corn and poblano soup recipe:


                                  For this reason alone,I froze a couple of gallons of white corn cut off the cob. I'll be enjoying this soup all winter. It's the best.

                                  1. Here on the West Coast these peppers are often sold in the store as Pasilla peppers. Relleno means stuffed. I roast and peel the peppers and stuff with a mixture of mashed potatoes, herbs and cheese then bake for 1/2 hour or so. I love a fried relleno in a restaurant but don't like using all that oil at home.

                                    1 Reply
                                    1. re: InspectorJon

                                      I will occasionally slice them thin on a mandoline and add them to a green salad.