Chile Relleno

Good chile rellenos are made from chilies that are roasted but maintain some al dente muscle in their vegetable walls. They are stuffed with cream-rich molten cheese and haloed in a coat of featherweight batter, then fried to a fragile crisp. Nearly all of those encountered in the Southwest are made from mild pods – Anaheims, Big Jims, or Poblanos – so the chile experience is more about their sunshiny flavor than about any kind of ferocious heat. Rellenos usually are served decorated with sauce or salsa cruda, and while cheese is the expected filling, some are stuffed also with brisket, picadillo, or shredded chicken. On a related note, in 1992, the term jalapeno popper was trademarked by a Wisconsin food company, recognizing the immense popularity of cheese-stuffed, deep-fried jalapeno peppers – a pint-sized, three-alarm variation of chile rellenos that makes a dandy appetizer or bar snack.

Restaurants With This Dish

Southwest Diner

BOULDER CITY, NV

7 Mares

LEXINGTON, SC

Pennington Farms

GRANTS PASS, OR

Crisp-fried chimichanga is smothered with red chile sauce and topped with guacamole.
La Fiesta Cafe

DOUGLAS, AZ

Al & Bea’s

LOS ANGELES, CA

El Indio Mexican Restaurant

LOS ANGELES, CA

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