This Roasted Chile Relleno Recipe – is a traditional Mexican dish, made healthier by roasting the poblano chilies rather than frying them in an egg batter, and is lightened up with the addition of black beans with an easy homemade rancheros sauce.

A healthy, vegan adaptable, Roasted Chiles Rellenos Recipe - that is lightened up with the addition of black beans. Simplified by roasting (instead of frying) the peppers with the Salsa Ranchero Sauce ingredients - all baked together on one sheet-pan - saving a step!  #chiliesrancheros

My husband Brian loves a good Chile Relleno. The problem is I love them too, but they don’t look quite as good on me. 😉  Typically they are battered and fried, oozing with cheese, and often greasy and heavy, dripping with fat and calories. This lightened-up Roasted Chile Relleno recipe calls for roasting, not frying, with the addition of cholesterol-lowering black beans instead of using all cheese.

I’ve even included a vegan version if you want to eliminate the dairy, which surprisingly got a huge thumbs up from my husband as well. The nice thing is you can make some vegan, some with cheese and even “beef” some up with meat for heartier eaters. Keep in mind, this is NOT a traditional recipe by any means, but a healthier take on Chiles Rellenos. OK??? 😉

But what I love MOST about this recipe, is the sheet-pan roasting method, where the peppers are roasted, along with the Salsa Ranchero Sauce ingredients.  It saves a huge step. So easy, and much quicker than traditional Chiles Rellenos while being much lighter and super delicious!

Roasted Chile Relleno! | 45-second video! 

Roasted Black bean Chile Rellenos Recipe- a healthy lightened up version that is roasted instead of fried and is gluten free and vegan adaptable! | www.feastingathome.com

What are chiles rellenos made of? 

Essentially, Chilies Rellenos are a traditional Mexican dish made from whole poblano chilies that are stuffed with cheese, battered in an egg batter and fried until golden brown and the cheese is melty, and served with Rancheros Sauce.

How to make “healthier” Roasted Chile Relleno: 

  • Roast the poblanos and the ranchero sauce ingredients on a sheet pan.
  • Once the chilies are roasted, slit them vertically and stuff with a mixture of cheese ( or vegan ricotta) and black beans.
  • Blend the rancheros sauce ingredients.
  • Bake the stuffed peppers with the sauce in a baking dish.

Roasted Black bean Chile Rellenos Recipe- a healthy lightened up version that is roasted instead of fried and is gluten free and vegan adaptable! | www.feastingathome.com

TIPS:

  • Get the biggest Poblano Chilies you can find. The peppers you see in the photos were abnormally large poblanos (like 8 inches long!).  One pepper was one serving.  If you only have smaller ones available, ( like 4-inch ones) get double the amount, you may need to serve 2 as a serving.
  • Poblanos (vs Pasilla or Anaheim peppers) are the easiest to work with- they are sturdier! They will most likely take 30 minutes to roast while the others roast much quicker, so if using Pasillas or Anaheims – check after 10-15 minutes or they may get too soft to handle, and hard to stuff.
  • You can also blacken the peppers on a gas grill or on a stovetop gas burner (easiest)  rotating with tongs until charred on all sides, then wrap up in a paper bag, or foil for 8-10 minutes to allow them to steam and soften before seeding and peeling under cool running water.
  • Two products that come in handy at home- that I try to always keep in my pantry:  Tomato Paste in a tube– because so rarely do we use the whole can, and the rest often goes to waste. And seasoned Black Beans- a faster way to add more flavor to meals- these have onion, garlic and green chilies in with them.

A vegan adaptable, Roasted Chile Rellenos Recipe - that is lightened up with the additon of black beans and simplified by roasting (not frying) the peppers and Rancheros sauce ingredients all together on one sheet-pan in the oven! | www.feastingathome.com #chilerellenos #vegan #roasted

Here Poblanos are stuffed with a black bean and cheese mixture and placed over the ranchero sauce in an extra-large baking dish. These poblanos are HUGE by the way. One is one serving.

Roasted Black bean Chile Rellenos Recipe- a healthy lightened up version that is roasted instead of fried and is gluten free and vegan adaptable! | www.feastingathome.com

Here below is the vegan version in a mini cast iron skillet. My point being, you can bake them all together, or separately if you choose. This way it’s easy to adapt them for vegans and non-vegans.

A healthy, vegan adaptable, Roasted Chiles Rellenos Recipe - that is lightened up with the addition of black beans. Simplified by roasting (instead of frying) the peppers with the Salsa Ranchero Sauce ingredients - all baked together on one sheet-pan - saving a step!  #chiliesrancheros

This vegan version is made with a combination of black beans and herbed tofu ricotta – it’s really flavorful!

A healthy, vegan adaptable, Roasted Chiles Rellenos Recipe - that is lightened up with the addition of black beans. Simplified by roasting (instead of frying) the peppers with the Salsa Ranchero Sauce ingredients - all baked together on one sheet-pan - saving a step!  #chiliesrancheros

Or bake them all together in a large skillet until golden brown.

Keep them lean like you see below or add melty cheese to the top, up to you!

A healthy, vegan adaptable, Roasted Chiles Rellenos Recipe - that is lightened up with the addition of black beans. Simplified by roasting (instead of frying) the peppers with the Salsa Ranchero Sauce ingredients - all baked together on one sheet-pan - saving a step!  #chiliesrancheros

Even the bean and cheese stuffed chilies are relatively low in calories when made this way.

MEAT: If cooking for mixed households you can easily add browned, seasoned ground meat to some while keeping others vegan or vegetarian. If adding meat, this Mexican Turkey chorizo is nice, as well as cooked shredded Chicken Carnitas.

The Roasted Salsa Ranchero Sauce is really yummy and flavorful too- use it with enchiladas or Mexican Pizza or in this Enchilada Casserole!

A healthy, vegan adaptable, Roasted Chiles Rellenos Recipe - that is lightened up with the addition of black beans. Simplified by roasting (instead of frying) the peppers with the Salsa Ranchero Sauce ingredients - all baked together on one sheet-pan - saving a step!  #chiliesrancheros

What to eat with Chile Rellenos!

A delicious and healthy Sunday Supper, full of great flavor without the added fat and calories! Give it a whirl and rate it below!

Have a beautiful fall weekend!

Sylvia

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Roasted Chile Rellenos- vegan adaptable, lightened up a nd can be made on one sheet pan!

Roasted Chiles Rellenos with Black beans

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main - GF & Vegan Adaptable
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A healthy, vegan adaptable, Roasted Chile Relleno Recipe – that is lightened up with the addition of black beans. Simplified by roasting (instead of frying) the peppers with the Salsa Ranchero Sauce ingredients – all baked together on one sheet-pan – saving a step!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 46 extra-large poblano peppers, leave whole with stems on. (see notes)
  • 6 ripe, medium tomatoes, ( roma, or vine-ripened)
  • 6 fat garlic cloves
  • one large onion, sliced into 1/2 inch wedges or slices
  • 2 small jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

FILLING:

  • 14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed -seasoned (see notes) or Cuban Style are nice
  • 6 ounces grated jack cheese or Mexican queso fresco (or 1 cup vegan Herbed Tofu Ricotta )

SAUCE ADDITIONS:

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional, but good)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro plus more for garnish
  • 1/41/2 cup water or broth ( to the desired consistency)

Serve with cilantro lime rice, sour cream, hot sauce, avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds, cilantro


Instructions

  1. READ DIRECTIONS ALL THE WAY THROUGH
  2. Preheat the oven to 450F
  3. ROAST Poblanos and Sauce ingredients: Cut the tomatoes in half and arrange them on the sheet pan. Add the sliced onions to the sheet pan, along with the whole garlic cloves, halved jalapeños and whole poblano peppers, ensuring they are not overcrowded. You may need to use two sheet pans. (You can also char the peppers on a gas burner, see notes) Drizzle all with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on the middle rack and check after 15 minutes. (If your oven runs hot, you could turn it down to 425 if needed.) If the peppers are tender remove them (pasilla peppers will cook much faster than poblanos- please see notes) and check the garlic, removing it if tender. Otherwise, continue roasting with the tomatoes and onions for another 15-20 minutes until the peppers and onions are tender and tomatoes are juicy.
  4. In the meantime make the filling: Mix the canned beans (drained, rinsed) with the cheese. OR If going vegan, mix the beans with 1 cup of vegan herbed tofu ricotta.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper. If using plain black beans, add a teaspoon of cumin and chili powder.
  5. When the poblanos are just tender, take the sheet pan out of the oven (leave the oven on) and let it cool.
  6. Take ⅓ of the onions, chop them up, and add them to the bean filling mixture and stir.
  7. Blend up the Roasted Ranchos Sauce: Place the remaining onions into a blender along with the tomatoes, pan juices, jalapeño,  garlic,  cumin, coriander, chili powder, oregano, salt, tomato paste and fresh cilantro, adding a little water (or broth if needed) to thin it out, and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  8. STUFF POBLANOS: Carefully cut a slit in the poblano peppers from stem to pointy end and using your fingers, gently remove seeds while rinsing them under cold running water. If the thin skins slip off, let them, but don’t worry about actively peeling them, especially poblanos – their skins are quite thin -leaving some of the skin on is perfectly fine.  Pasillo peppers have thick skin and should be peeled.
  9. In a large greased baking dish (or oven-proof skillet) pour a little of the roasted tomato ranchero sauce to coat the bottom (use about half the sauce). Place the peppers over top of the sauce, slit side up, then spoon the black bean filling into each one. Pour the rest of the flavorful ranchero sauce over top. At this point, you could add more shredded cheese to the top, or leave it off.
  10. Cover with foil and bake 20-25 minutes in a 425F oven- or until the filling is warm and melty, uncover and bake 5 more minutes.
  11. Garnish with cilantro leaves, toasted pumpkin seeds and sour cream if you like.

Notes

If you have an electric oven, or your oven runs hot, lower heat to 425F

PEPPERS: Get the biggest Poblano Chilies you can find. The peppers you see in the photos were abnormally large poblanos (like 8 inches long!).  One pepper was one serving.  If you only have smaller ones available ( like 4-inch ones) get double the amount, you may need to serve 2 as a serving. Poblanos (vs Pasilla peppers) are easiest to work with- they are sturdier! They will most likely take 30 minutes to roast while pasillas roast much quicker, so be sure to check pasillas after 10-15 minutes or they may get too soft to handle, and hard to stuff.

You can also blacken either of the peppers on a gas grill or on a stovetop gas burner (easiest), rotating with tongs until charred on all sides, then wrap up in a paper bag, or foil for 8-10 minutes to allow them to steam and soften before seeding and peeling under cool running water.

MEAT: If cooking for mixed households you can bake these individual baking dishes or even in mini cast iron skillets like you see here – which is especially nice if cooking for both vegans and meat-eaters. You can easily add browned, seasoned ground meat to some while keeping others vegan or vegetarian. If adding meat, this Mexican Turkey chorizo is nice, as well as cooked shredded Chicken Carnitas.

Make ahead: Feel free to make these ahead, assemble and refrigerate for up to 3 days before baking. ( Let them come to room temp before baking).

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 302
  • Sugar: 7.9 g
  • Sodium: 890 mg
  • Fat: 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.9 g
  • Fiber: 14.2 g
  • Protein: 16.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.5 mg

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Soooo good!!! I haven’t rated a recipe before but I have loved every one of your recipes that I have tried and I look forward to reading each well written post. Thank you for your generosity in providing your phenomenal recipes. They have such wonderful flavor combinations and have given me exposure to new cuisines! This recipe turned the heads of my non-adventurous family of eaters !!! (And the Chana Masala was also game changing!). You’re the best!!! Just had to finally thank you! 🙂

  2. Another absolute hit! The sauce alone is amazing, I’ll be making that for other things as well. I gilded the lily a teeny bit – filling was beans AND fresh corn AND real ricotta, topped with cheese and more corn, then fresh cilantro, lime, avocado and corn tortillas. We loved them!

  3. This recipe makes a tasty supper! I followed the directions for oven roasting everything, used commercially available vegan shredded cheddar, and I made it ahead. I stored it in the refrigerator in a covered casserole overnight. Next day, oven baked till hot and bubbly. Served with rice and salad. Between three adults, (one who is a picky princess) no leftovers; it was really really good. I’ll be making this again and looking forward to Your other recipes, Thank You

  4. Another big winner! Deeeeelicious! Made it exactly as per the recipes and it was a big hit with my family.

  5. I can’t get poblano peppers where I live. Would this be worth trying with bell peppers? It looks delicious!!

    1. Amanda- I bet it would taste good! Poblanos are a little spicy so you may want to make the filling just a little spicier. 🙂

  6. Wow! This is amazing! I made it with the vegan ricotta and it was a hit with vegans, non-vegans, and even my 3 year old son. It had great depth of flavor, was filling, and yet still felt light and healthy.

  7. I’ve made this recipe every Linton season for the last several years and it is a family favorite.

    Of course it’s not only for Lent, and I’ve also modified it to add beef mixtures along with the beans and cheese.

    We’ve made using several different cheeses and have finally decided that queso fresco is the best one to use.

  8. One of our favorites! I’m very liberal with the amount of filling used – this time I used 16oz of beans and vegan ricotta made from 16oz of tofu and the amount turned out to be perfect for the number of poblanos that I could fit in my 9×12 dish.

  9. Unbelievably delicious and simple! Just finished making and it’s already become one of my favorite recipes!

  10. Loved this recipe & you feel healthy after eating it! I added ground chicken chorizo from the suggestion because my husband loves meat:) we had left over stuffing mixture so the next day I served it as a dip with tortilla chips 🙂 definitely make again! Thanks!