Chili Rellenos

Chili RellenosMy first post of the new year!

This is a family favorite… in fact its pretty much a favorite of everyone who I’ve ever know to tried them.  I remember as a kid, I would stand with the refrigerator door open and eat any leftovers with my hands and hoping not to get caught by my parents or my siblings. Yup, they made me sneaky and greedy! I mean the chilis not my family!

My mother always made these in double or triple batches and it was never enough! Soft but crunchy outside with gooey melted cheese inside and a tangy green chili in-between. What’s not to love? They were (and still are) worth getting in trouble for!


  • 27oz can of whole green chillies / yields 14 to 16 chillies (I use Las Palmas brand)
  • 8 ozs Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2 x 2-inch strips
  • 6 eggs separated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1c + 1 TBSP all-purpose flour, divided
  • vegetable oil
  • Salsa to serve (optional)


  1. Stuff each chili with cheese, take care not to break or split them
  2. In a  small mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks with salt, baking powder and 1 tablespoon of flour until smooth
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites in until stiff peaks form
  4. Fold egg yolk mixture gently into the egg whites until combined
  5. Heat a medium skillet over high heat with 1-inch depth of vegetable oil
  6. While the oil is heating, roll each stuffed chili in the 1 cup of flour until lightly coated, shake off any excess
  7. Once the oil is very hot, turn the heat down to medium high
  8. Dip one chili in the batter until well coated, and then gently add it to the hot oil
  9. Prepare each chili as you go, adding them to the hot oil a few at a time and don’t overcrowd them
  10. Fry each chili for about 2 minutes, turning frequently until golden brown
  11. Remove chilies from the skillet and place on paper towels to drain
  12. Optionally, you can keep the cooked chilies warm in a 175f oven as you fry up batches

Makes 14 to 16 – Serve with hot or cold salsa, or not… it’s up to you!


  • Always turn chilies over AWAY from you so oil does not splatter in your direction!
  • Be very careful when adding the chilies to the pan. I use my fingers but if you are not an experienced cook or the idea scares you, use tongs
  • These are good hot, warm and even cold
  • Will store for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge… though I’ve never seen any get that old.