Oven-Roasted Chile Rellenos And Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

There will always be a place for an authentic chile relleno — after all, who doesn't like something stuffed, battered, and deep fried? But for those that love the idea of a stuffed poblano but want something that isn't fried, this oven-roasted chile relleno with tomatillo salsa is for you. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn brings us this recipe and says, "My favorite thing about this recipe is how flavorful each component is. The roasted poblanos, the spicy black bean mixture and the creamy tomatillo salsa all bring something valuable to the table — or rather the relleno!"

This recipe is a meal in itself, but gazpacho soup or a green salad pair really well with it. While this is a somewhat involved recipe, there's no doubt that the end results will be well worth it. These peppers are stuffed to the brim with wholesome, flavorful goodness, but you'll experience that for yourself soon enough!

Gather the ingredients for oven-roasted chile rellenos and tomatillo salsa

To make this recipe, you are going to first and foremost need some nice sized poblano peppers. Sometimes it's slim pickins' at the store, but if you are lucky enough to live near a weekend farmer's market, that is your best bet. You will also need some tomatillos for the salsa. Then on to the easy stuff: a white onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, lime, and avocado from the produce section. Additionally, you'll need some black beans and a whole slew of spices: chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and smoked paprika. Last on your list, cheddar cheese. Hahn tells us that if you want to make these dairy free, just swap the cheese for a dairy free variety, and it works fine.

Roast the poblanos and tomatillos

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet along with the poblano peppers. No cutting needed for this step. Pop those in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping the poblanos halfway. The beautiful aroma of roasted vegetables starts now.

Prepare the black bean mixture

While the poblanos and tomatillos are roasting, you'll want to get the black bean mixture going. Start by dicing the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. We are going to be using some of the onion and jalapeno for the salsa just so you can plan ahead. Get a large frying pan out and add the oil. Bring the heat to medium-high and begin to saute  ½ cup of the onions, all of the garlic, and half of the jalapeño. Cook that for 10 minutes and then let's keep piling things in the pan. Add the black beans, chili powder, 1 teaspoon of the cumin, coriander, 1 teaspoon of the salt, smoked paprika, and 3 tablespoons of the lime juice. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add 1 cup of cheese. Stir to combine.

Make the tomatillo salsa

The tomatillos should be done around now so pull the tray out of the oven and place the tomatillos in a blender. (The poblanos need to cool a bit, so let them rest.) Add 2 tablespoons of the onion, the other half of the jalapeño, the cilantro, 1 teaspoon of the cumin, 1 teaspoon of the salt, 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, and the avocado. Blend until smooth. "I like using an avocado in this sauce to make it thicker than a typical salsa Verde. It adds a huge depth of flavor to this dish, and you are actually going to want to put it on all sorts of things now that you know how to make it," Hahn shares.

Stuff the poblanos and serve

Once the poblanos have cooled, remove the peel. Then take a sharp paring knife and make a slit starting at the stem and moving vertically down to the pointy end of the poblano. Now remove and discard the seeds. It's time to fill these peppers up. Take a scoop of the black bean mixture and fill each poblano until all of the mixture has been used up. Then cover the baking tray with foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. When they come out of the oven, top with the tomatillo salsa and a sprinkle of cheese, and serve. You can also add lots of other toppings like fresh tomatoes, jalapeños, and cilantro. You will love how these roasted chile rellenos are stuffed with delicious ingredients — they'll leave you feel full, nourished, and satisfied!

Oven-Roasted Chile Rellenos And Tomatillo Salsa Recipe
5 from 22 ratings
These oven-roasted chile rellenos are decked out with a fresh tomatillo salsa — good luck eating just one!
Prep Time
30
minutes
Cook Time
40
minutes
Servings
6
Servings
chile rellenos on serving tray
Total time: 70 minutes
Ingredients
  • 10 tomatillos
  • 6 poblano peppers
  • 1 white onion, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño, divided
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 ¼ cup cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 avocado
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and place them on a baking sheet with the whole poblano peppers. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the poblanos halfway.
  3. Dice the onion, garlic, and jalapeño.
  4. Add the oil to a frying pan and heat to medium high. Add ½ cup onions, garlic, and half of the jalapeño. Sauté for 10 minutes. Then add the black beans, chili powder, 1 teaspoon of the cumin, coriander, 1 teaspoon of the salt, smoked paprika, and 3 tablespoons of the lime juice. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add 1 cup of cheese. Stir to combine.
  5. When the tomatillos and poblanos are done, take them out of the oven to cool. Then place the tomatillos in a blender with 2 tablespoons of the chopped onion, the rest of the jalapeño, cilantro, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, and the avocado. Blend until smooth.
  6. When the poblanos are cool enough to handle, peel the skins and discard. Then with a sharp paring knife, make a slit from the stem to the pointy end. Open up the poblano and remove the seeds. Fill the poblanos with the bean mixture and top with remaining cheese.
  7. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Top with the tomatillo salsa and serve.
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