Chiles Rellenos de San Joaquin

Chiles Rellenos de San Joaquin

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"This is my adaptation of a chiles rellenos potluck recipe a friend described to me--so far everyone loves it. It can take some time to make, but it's worth it! Cotija cheese is a salty, hard cheese available in the Hispanic section of many grocery stores. It is similar to feta which could be used as a substitute in this recipe. But cotija is getting easier to find and makes this recipe more authentic!"
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1 h 20 m servings 417 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 417 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 29.3 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 92 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 997 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Adjust oven rack to its topmost position and set oven to broil.
  2. Place chiles skin side up on a baking sheet, and broil until skins blister, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn. Remove chiles from the oven and place in a glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let chiles steam until cool. Remove and discard the skins.
  3. Preheat oven to bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in sliced onions, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until onions and tomatoes achieve a sauce-like consistency, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Season with cumin, stir briefly, then stir in the sour cream; remove from heat.
  5. To assemble the chiles rellenos: Slice cheese into 20 long rectangles (or sticks) 1/4-inch thick and approximately as long as the chiles. Roll each cheese rectangle into a chile half. Place rolled chiles into a baking dish and top with the tomato sauce. Crumble any extra cheese on top of the sauce. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the sauce is bubbly.


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This was an unusual, unattractive dish. Even doubling the tomatoes failed to turn the onions and tomatoes into a "sauce." This is also a LOT of poblanos to serve 4 people. Because I am eager to ...

I took the liberty of making a few small adjustments to this recipe. Before I began preparing the chiles, I browned about 0.7 lbs of ground beef. Before I added the cheese (I used oaxaca inste...

Te saltiness of the cotija played really well with the cumin-onion-tomato topping (it's more like a topping than a sauce, but it's just enough). I had a little trouble wrapping the chiles around...

Simple and delicious. I'm making these for Cinco!

I had to make amends when I realized I didn't have the cojita cheese I thought I did. So I used the shredded 4-cheese Mexican mix you can get in any market. This solved the issue of dealing wi...

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