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Chili Relleno Casserole

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Chili Relleno Casserole in a casserole dish

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I’ve shared my love of Chili Relleno’s. 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 relleno’s, 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 pablano peppers. My personal favorite are pablano’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)

Anaheim Peppers draining on paper towels and cheese sticks to stuff in peppers

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.

Peppers stuffed with Cheese

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.

Adding egg mixture to stuffed peppers topped with cheese in a casserole dish

Place in a preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and center is cooked.

Chili Relleno Casserole fresh out of the oven

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!

dinner plate loaded with chili relleno casserole and salsa

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.

Plate full of Mexican food including chili relleno casserole

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

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Yield: 8 servings

Chili Relleno Casserole

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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 12 oz. 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


  1. 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.
  2. Place in a greased 10x6x2 baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl combine eggs and milk. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Pour over peppers in baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 until golden and center is baked.
  6. Cut into squares and serve.
  7. Top with Sour Cream and Salsa

Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:

1 square

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 440mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g
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Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

I made this for my folks and separated it into two seperate pans so they could freeze them after I cooked them. I added cooked, crumbled sausuage under the peppers. They loved it and had handy meals to just heat up. When I made it for myself, I mixed a small can of green chilis, small can of southwestern corn and a can of black beans (all drained). This mixture I placed on top of the peppers. With both recipes, I doubled the batter mixture. Both variations were a huge success. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Hi Bee! I LOVE your additions to this casserole! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us! Have a great week and please stop by again! Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Yummy! only thing I changed was to use roasted poblanos! delish!

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Hi Sherry! If you made this with roasted Poblanos then you hit it out of the park! I love making this dish with roasted poblanos! So good. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting and for the wonderful review! I hope you'll stop back by soon! Have a great week! Happy Nesting! Norine


Sunday 17th of May 2020

I’m thinking not sure do I put this casserole in the oven covered or uncovered...? I put it in there uncovered.... I can’t wait to eat it ...

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Hi Melissa! I should have made that more clear. I'll go change that right away. Yes you should bake that uncovered. I hope you enjoyed this casserole. It is one of my favorites! Have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Nesting! Norine

Charlie Carroll

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Thank you, for the recipe I will try it out soon it looks very good and easy to fix

Monday 11th of May 2020

It is a really easy recipe and one that is always a favorite at this Nest! Hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting. Have a Great Week! Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Thursday 7th of May 2020

This is similar to a recipe I have and love. I look forward to trying it!

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi Tami! Isn't this recipe a great way to fix Chili Relleno's. I love it. I look forward to hearing how you like this version. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me today. I hope you have a great weekend. Happy Nesting! Norine