Recipe By EmmLee
Published Jun 8th
Prep 20m Cook 51m Additional 10m Ready In 1h 21m
Servings 1 casserole Calories 325.3

Super-easy, delicious, and low-carb version of chiles rellenos. Serve with dollops of low-fat sour cream and pico de gallo or salsa.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 large poblano peppers, halved and seeded
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • cooking spray
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place poblano peppers with cut sides down onto the prepared baking sheet.
  2. 2 Cook under the preheated broiler until poblano pepper skins have blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes. Place blackened peppers into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to steam as they cool, about 10 minutes.
  3. 3 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, paprika, chipotle pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until beef is no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add onion; cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes with green chiles; cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes more. Let beef mixture cool.
  4. 4 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  5. 5 Run water over the poblano peppers to remove skins and discard them. Drain peppers on paper towels. Place a layer of peppers on the bottom of the prepared dish; place 1/3 of the beef mixture on top. Cover with 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend. Repeat layers twice more in the same order.
  6. 6 Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 325.3
  • Carbohydrate 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol 79.6 mg
  • Fat 23.3 g
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 21.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 13 g
  • Sodium 694.5 mg
  • Sugar 1.6 g

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  1. Excellent recipe and I was able to only do 2 layers. Next time I make it the center layer of cheese will be solid chunks of queso.
  2. My whole family loved this. Now they keep asking me when I’m going to make it again. My husband is planning to grow poblanos in our garden next year just so I can make this more often!
  3. Very spicy and loaded with flavor. I have to agree with others that this is a smaller recipe than indicated. You will want to use a small casserole dish if made as written. I ve made this recipe many times and use an 11 x 8 oval casserole dish. It takes 9 or 10 large - Read more ...
  4. Awesome! I cheated & bought taco seasoning instead of adding all of the seasonings. I also added black beans to each layer. Delicious and will definitely make this again!
  5. I halved the recipe but I should have used the original amount of peppers. Mine were on the small side so I only got 2 layers instead of 3. The flavors in the dish were tasty. Everyone liked it. I served it with white rice, salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
  6. I used an 8x11" (2 qt) casserole, could have gone down a size, so this is small -- 10 servings seems unrealistic, maybe 6 at most. Not a fan, but I made some changes so not going to ding it. I also used turkey, more garlic as recommended, but cut back to 2 cups of - Read more ...
  7. Awesome recipe! We had this for dinner 3 nights in a row until there were no more leftovers!
  8. Excellent! All I have to say is more garlic and more cheese! Otherwise it was perfect!
  9. Everybody loved it! I’m glad we tried. After I finished I realized it didn’t go very far on portions. I thought it needed corn tortillas or something but everyone said not to touch it! I used ground turkey and didn’t miss any flavor at all!