I’ve shared my love of Chili Rellenos’. I always try to making them traditionally, but sometimes there just isn’t a lot of time to do that. When that’s the case… I go for the next best thing. Chili Relleno casserole.
I found this recipe in a little “church” cookbook my Sister-in-law had. (We like to go through each others congregations cookbooks! lol) It sounded simple and delicious… so I copied it down and made it!
It was love at first bite! This is a GREAT substitution when you want chili Rellenos’, but want a quick dinner cause you’ve had a long day, and you’re walking around the house like the walking dead! (Can someone please explain to me the fascination with that program? When I see it I feel like I’m watching home movies of the first 20 years of my motherhood journey!)
I love a recipe that is quick and delicious! I’ve said that before and I’ll say it again. Especially during the summer when I’m so busy with so many projects. This also makes a wonderful brunch casserole! That said…I think all Mom’s love breakfast for dinner! So which every meal you choose to serve this at…you can’t go wrong.
Let me show you how easy this casserole is to make…
How To Make Chili Relleno Casserole
First drain and seed your peppers. You can buy canned whole green peppers, or you can roast either Anaheim peppers or poblano peppers. My personal favorite are poblano’s however it is more work to roast them and then skin them. So I leave it to you to decide. If you’re looking for ease go the canned route. It will still be amazingly delicious!
Tip: The heat comes from those pesky little seeds! Don’t want all that heat…get rid of those little burning bits! (However if your “heat” is coming from menopause…you’re on your own sister! I’ve got enough of that myself! lol)
Next stuff your peppers with Monterey jack cheese slices. Don’t worry if the sides tear… just roll the pepper really tight around that cheese stick. It will be fine for this casserole. It’s pretty forgiving. In fact this is a great beginners recipe.
Place your stuffed peppers in a greased 10x6x2 baking dish.
In a medium-sized bowl combine eggs and milk. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until smooth. It’s okay if there are a few tiny lumps. I’ve found it’s almost impossible to get this batter perfectly smooth.
Pour the batter over the peppers in the baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
Place in a preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and center is cooked.
Cut into squares and serve with sour cream and salsa!
Is there seriously anything better than that melted cheese oozing out of the chili pepper? Well…there might be if it pulls up in the publishers clearing house van…but after 20 years of waiting for THAT to happen…I’ll keep my money on this!
I made this casserole when our son was home from school to go with the chicken taquito’s he wanted. I also made another family favorite…Fried cheesy crunchy quesadillas’!
When I was growing up there was a Mexican restaurant my parents went to in California and they would bring home this delightful treat for us!
I started making them for special Mexican dinner nights… now they are my kids favorite. All I do is fry a flour tortilla in oil until golden and crispy.
Drain and place on a baking sheet…cover the tortilla in grated cheese and pop in a hot oven for about 5 minutes. Then cut them into wedges like a pizza.
There ya have it. A quick easy dinner for the family. Even if the “little’s” at your nest don’t like the Chili Relleno Casserole they will love that crunchy cheesy Quesadilla! Top it off with some refried beans and they’ll have a “Mexican Pizza”. YUM!
Have left overs? No problem…the next morning slice up a square of chili relleno casserole, place it inside a flour tortilla, heat it up, and you have a quick easy breakfast burrito!
My husband loves this casserole as much as I do! In fact everyone loves this casserole. So be sure to give it a try at your Nest.
If you liked this recipe you may also like these other Mexican Dish Recipes
- Instant Pot Pork Chili Verde
- Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas
- Loaded Nachos
- Mexican Bean Salad from Allrecipes.com
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Chili Relleno Casserole
When making traditional Chili Relleno's isn't in the time budget...this Chili Relleno Casserole is a great stand in! Jam packed with flavor and easy to make this is a delicious dish.
- 12 oz. can whole green chili peppers
- 6 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese
- 4 beaten eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup Flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Drain and seed peppers. Cut Monterey Cheese into long cheese sticks that will fit inside peppers. If pepper tears wrap pepper around each strip of cheese.
- Place in a greased 10x6x2 baking dish.
- In a medium bowl combine eggs and milk. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Pour over peppers in baking dish.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 until golden and center is baked.
- Cut into squares and serve.
- Top with Sour Cream and Salsa
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Serving Size:1 square
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 440mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g
Saturday 4th of February 2023
I just made this using poblano peppers that I roasted and seeded. Since they are large, I had some shredded, cooked chicken and added some with the stick of cheese inside each pepper. Followed your directions exactly. This is such a great, easy dish! So delicious and thank you for sharing!
Tuesday 7th of February 2023
Hi Deanne! Thank you so much for sharing. I love using Poblano's in this recipe and I really LOVE that you added chicken to the dish! YUM! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing. Happy Nesting! Norine
Sunday 28th of August 2022
This was delicious! I found Hatch chilis at the grocery and roasted & seeded them. My baking powder was old so I subbed bisquick for the flour & baking powder, really enjoyed the dish.
Monday 29th of August 2022
Hi Susan! Great substitution! I'm so glad you shared this with us today. Hope you have a GREAT week. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon! Norine
Tuesday 15th of February 2022
Easy and delicious recipe my son in law loved it!
Wednesday 16th of February 2022
Hi Michele! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to share. You made my day! Come back again soon! Norine
Wednesday 29th of December 2021
Norine, I just found this recipe and am excited to make it tomorrow for dinner. It's snowy out and I think it's going to be the best comfort food for the winter. My plan is to use the chopped green chilis I have rather than stuffing the chilies because I'm all about instant gratification. I'll let you know how it turns out! BTW, I like the way you write, I usually bypass the narrative, but yours is short enough and super funny. Thank you!
Monday 3rd of January 2022
Hi Kathryn! I'm anxious to hear how it turned out with the chopped green chilis? Thank you for your sweet compliment. I love sharing in a light-hearted way. I hope you have a wonderful New Year and stop back by again soon! Norine
Wednesday 1st of December 2021
Outstanding sweet-heart. I’m a Mexican food maniac! Hence with my name being “ Beano”, how could it b otherwise. Thanx so much for this - and yer humor is * off the chart *. Thanx again !!!
Wednesday 1st of December 2021
Hi! Thank for stopping by and sharing with me. You brightened my day! I'm right there with you with the Mexican Food! Maybe I need a name change? Hmmmm? lol Have a GREAT week! Come Back Again Soon! Norine