Have a craving for delicious Mexican food? These Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with Avocado Cream are sure to hit the spot!
So far, I know there is one thing that I love about Texas. There is a Mexican restaurant on seemingly every corner, and that makes this girl very happy. Most of the restaurants you’ll find here are Tex-Mex, and I’ve never met a cheesy enchilada plate that I didn’t like!
These Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with Avocado Cream were inspired by all the delicious Mexican food I’ve been tempted with lately, and with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to share the recipe!
I love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an amazing meal and margarita (or
two three), so I couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with an amazing group of food bloggers today. With 40 recipes that are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, the only problem you’ll have planning your menu is deciding where to start!
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Street Corn-style Roasted Potatoes by A Little Gathering
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Crispy Fish Tacos with Cajun Mayo by Winstead Wandering
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Shredded Chicken Gorditas by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Carne Asada Fries by Tornadough Alli
Mexican Carrot Dogs with Chunky Salsa Verde by Strength and Sunshine
Raspberry Lime Rickey Margaritas by Feed Me Phoebe
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Brussel Sprout, Wild Mushroom, Avocado and Feta Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa by Arthur Street Kitchen
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Roasted Veggie Salsa by Living Well Kitchen
Seared Scallop Tacos with Spring Mango Salsa and Avocado Cream by Domesticate ME!
Traditional Homemade Flour Tortillas by Sustaining the Powers
Nightshade Free Southwest Salad by I Say Nomato
Southwestern Orzo Salad by Family Food on the Table
Cheesy Southwest Egg Rolls by Pink Cake Plate
Watermelon Mint Margarita by Gold & Bloom
Mix-Your-Own Guac Bar by Hey There Sunshine
Blood Orange Margaritas by Glisten and Grace
Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with Avocado Cream by Hello Little Home
Slow Cooker Red Chicken Enchiladas by Sustaining the Powers
Margerita Poke Cake by Pink Cake Plate
Mojito Cupcakes by The Rustic Willow
Margarita Shrimp Tacos by Macheesmo
Pineapple Cilantro Salsa by Feast + West
One Pot Taco Soup by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Sizzling Texas Fajitas by Sustaining the Powers
Tequila Lime Cupcakes with Margarita Buttercream by Sugar Dish Me
Slow Cooker Chipotle Turkey Tacos by Two Places at Once
Margarita Bar by Mixplorology
I don’t know about you, but checking out all of these recipes has me licking my lips! Before I get totally distracted though, let’s get back to my Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with Avocado Cream.
Whenever I see chiles rellenos on the menu, I know what I’m ordering. These aren’t your typical chiles rellenos though. They’re not battered or deep fried for one thing. Instead, they’re broiled and stuffed with a tasty veggie filling, and then baked in a thick and flavorful enchilada sauce.
They actually taste quite a bit like enchiladas … not that I’m complaining!
You’ll top these Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with a zesty Avocado Cream (that is so easy to make) and a sprinkle of Queso Fresco and fresh cilantro. I love to serve the chiles (one or two per person depending on appetite) with a side of rice and beans. You can’t go wrong with that!
These Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with Avocado Cream are a little more labor intensive than most of my recipes, though they’re not difficult to make at all. Give yourself a little extra time, and you will be rewarded with a meal that’s filled with rich, delicious flavors!
- 8 medium poblano peppers
- 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 cup diced red potatoes
- 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 medium red pepper, diced
- 1 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1 (14-oz.) can artichoke bottoms, drained, blotted dry, and diced
- 1 large avocado, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup crumbled Queso Fresco
- 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
- Preheat broiler.
- Place poblanos on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
- Cook peppers under the broiler until skin is blistered and blacked in spots, turning occasionally.
- Remove peppers from oven and place in a ziplock bag or large bowl covered with plastic wrap.
- Let peppers sit for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
- Working with one pepper at a time, gently remove stem (you should be able to pull if off) and remove outer layer of skin.
- Carefully cut a slit in one side of the pepper, then open pepper and remove seeds. Set aside. (Don't worry if your peppers fall apart a little bit).
- Repeat process with remaining peppers. Set aside until ready to use.
- While peppers are broiling, heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic to oil and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Whisk flour and chili powder into oil, then cook for two minutes, stirring constantly.
- Slowly add broth to flour mixture, whisking constantly until smooth.
- Add tomato sauce, cumin, and oregano to skillet.
- Reduce heat to a simmer, then cook sauce for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Season sauce to taste with salt, then set aside until ready to use.
- Add potatoes to a medium skillet with a lid.
- Cover potatoes with one inch of salted water.
- With lid on pan, bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cook potatoes until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and set aside.
- Wipe pan clean, then add 2 tsp. olive oil and heat over medium high.
- Cook onions and pepper in oil until softened and browned, stirring occasionally.
- Add garlic, cumin, chili powder, and oregano to skillet; cook until fragrant, stirring constantly, about 30 seconds.
- Stir potatoes, corn, artichokes, and 1/2 cup water into skillet.
- Cook until heated through and water is evaporated. Remove from heat.
- Season filling with salt to taste.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Lightly coat a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with oil or spray with nonstick spray.
- Cover the bottom of the pan with sauce, then set aside.
- Place a poblano on your work surface, then fill the center with 1/8 of the filling.
- Wrap the poblano around the filling.
- Place in baking pan. Repeat with remaining poblanos.
- Top poblanos with remaining sauce (you may have little left over).
- Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake poblanos until hot, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- While stuffed poblanos bake, combine avocado, lime juice, sour cream, and salt in a food processor.
- Process mixture until smooth. Set aside.
- Serve chiles rellenos drizzled with avocado cream and sprinkled with Queso Fresco and cilantro. Enjoy!
If you do not have a food processor, place avocado cream ingredients in a medium bowl and mash until smooth.
Are you ready to dig in yet? I know I am!
Here are a few tips for making this recipe your own:
- Poblanos are a very mild chile, so don’t be scared away thinking this recipe will be too spicy. The flavors are fairly mild. If you can’t take any heat at all though, sub bell peppers for the poblanos and use a mild chili powder in the sauce.
- If you’re in a time pinch, speed this Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with Avocado Cream recipe up by replacing the homemade sauce with a prepared sauce (I think one of those Rick Bayless/Frontera sauces that come in a packet would work well) or even salsa.
- Switch up the filling depending on what veggies you have on hand.
- Make the recipe vegan-friendly with a couple swaps: replace the sour cream in the Avocado Cream with vegan sour cream; and skip the Queso Fresco or replace it with a vegan alternative.
However you make it, these Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos are sure to become a fave with your family and friends!
What is your favorite Mexican dish?