These mouthwatering homemade vegetarian Easy Chile Relleno Enchiladas are made entirely from scratch, from the delicious sauce to the roasted peppers and generous cheese filling. With a surprisingly simple process, they are bound to become a loved staple in your household.
- Why I Love These Chile Relleno Enchiladas
- Check Out Some More of My Mexican-Inspired Recipes:
- Is it "Chile" or "Chili"?
- What Kind of Chile Pepper to Use
- How to Roast the Peppers In the Oven
- What if I Don't Want a Spicy Sauce?
- What Cheese Works Best with This Recipe?
- How to Serve Chile Relleno Enchiladas?
- How to Make Chile Powder From Dried Chiles
- Chile Relleno Enchiladas
- Did you Make This Recipe?
Why I Love These Chile Relleno Enchiladas
I love all enchiladas and this Chile Relleno Enchilada recipe is one of my absolute favorites because it's easy to make, fully of cheesy goodness, and can be made with any filling you like or have on hand.
These mouthwatering homemade vegetarian Easy Chile Relleno Enchiladas are made entirely from scratch, from the delectable sauce to the roasted peppers and generous cheese filling. With a surprisingly simple process, they are bound to become a beloved staple in your household.
Check Out Some More of My Mexican-Inspired Recipes:
- Instant Pot Mexican Beef
- Mexican Pizza Recipe
- Air Fryer Taquitos
- Instant Pot Carnitas
- Baked Chile Rellenos
- Roasted Veggie Cheese Quesadillas
Is it "Chile" or "Chili"?
I grew up in Arizona so I am more familiar with "chile" It's more commonly used in the Southwest and comes from Mexico. "Chili" is usually used to describe the soup with beans. They are interchangeable from what I can tell (I may have even interchanged them in this post).
What Kind of Chile Pepper to Use
There is nothing better than a fresh, roasted pepper in this dish! I use poblano peppers but you could also use Anaheim chile peppers or hatch chile peppers.
If you can't find peppers or don't feel like roasting your own, you could always use the canned roasted chiles and still have a delicious meal.
How to Roast the Peppers In the Oven
It may seem intimidating, but roasting your own peppers is very easy. Take your clean peppers and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil.
Place them in the oven on the highest rack and turn your broiler on high. Roast for 5 minutes, flip and then roast for another 5 minutes, flip one more time on the side that needs the most charring for 5 more minutes.
After roasting you will place the peppers in a plastic bag for 10 minutes to steam them. After 10 minutes, the skins will come right off (be careful, they are hot!) using tongs or your fingers.
What if I Don't Want a Spicy Sauce?
You can use less ground chile powder or use regular chili powder from the spice aisle in the grocery store. It's much less spicy but still adds flavor.
You can also omit the spice altogether. There are a lot of enchilada sauce recipes out there that don't add any spice or chile flavor.
What Cheese Works Best with This Recipe?
For the best enchiladas, you want to use a cheese that is nice and melty. I used a blend of cheddar, Monterey, and queso fresco.
I like the sharpness of the cheddar, the melty texture of the Monterey, and the saltiness of the queso fresco. You can use what you have or what you like, just make sure it melts well.
How to Serve Chile Relleno Enchiladas?
These enchiladas really can be a meal just by themselves. But, if you want to add a side dish, Mexican rice or beans would be an authentic touch.
For garnishes, I recommend chopped green onions, sour cream, and sliced avocado. The sour cream and avocado add a nice creaminess and can help tame the heat from the sauce or the peppers. Chopped green onion adds a nice crunch and freshness. You could also add diced red onion or cilantro.
How to Make Chile Powder From Dried Chiles
For a truly authentic flavor, I highly recommend making your own chili powder using dried chiles instead of relying on generic store-bought options. It's a straightforward process that involves grinding the dried chiles in a mini coffee/spice grinder for just a couple of minutes.
You can find dried chiles in the Mexican section of your local grocery store, and by using a combination of different varieties, you can create an interesting and unique blend of flavors. If you prefer milder heat, make sure to remove the seeds before grinding.
Chile Relleno Enchiladas
- 2 medium tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 1 small onion, cut into quarters
- 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons chile powder (see notes on how to make your own)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cups vegetable broth (you can also use chicken or beef if not making vegetarian)
- 3-4 tablespoons tomato paste (to taste and desired thickness)
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce (use soy sauce for vegetarian)
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
Roasted Chili Filling
- 2 large poblano peppers (can sub Anaheim or hatch chile peppers)
- 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a mix of cheddar, Monterey, and queso fresco)
- 6-8 corn tortillas
- 3 green onions, chopped
- sour cream for serving
- sliced avocado for serving
- Turn the oven broiler on high and place the oven rack at its highest setting. Put the peppers on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Broil on one side for 5 minutes. Flip the peppers over and broil for another 5 minutes. Flip a third time and broil for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place the peppers in a sealable plastic bag for 10 minutes to continue to steam (during the 10 minutes, you can get your sauce going and shred your cheese if needed).
- After 10 minutes, carefully take the peppers out of the bag (they are still hot!) and place them on a cutting board. Remove the skins with tongs or your fingers if they are cool enough. Remove the seeds and stems and dice the peppers. Add the diced peppers and 1 cup of cheese in a bowl and combine. Set the bowl aside.
- In your food processor or blender, add the tomatoes, onion, and garlic and blend until smooth and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over med-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the flour and whisk together for about a minute to make a roux. Slowly pour in the broth, whisking the entire time.
- Add the chili powder, salt, and cumin and continue to whisk to combine. Now add the blended tomato mixture, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and cinnamon. Stir everything to ensure it is fully combined. Bring to a boil and then immediately lower the heat to simmer. Stir the sauce occasionally as you prepare the other ingredients. After the sauce has simmered for a while, add the salt and pepper to taste. TIP: If you want a smooth sauce, you can give it another round in the food processor or blender.
- Move the oven rack to the middle setting and preheat the oven to 400ºF. Wrap your tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 60 seconds to warm them up and make them easier to roll. Keep them wrapped in paper towels until you are ready to assemble.
- Pour about a cup of the enchilada sauce at the bottom of an oven-safe pan or dish (I used my cast iron pan, but a casserole dish would work just fine too). Take each tortilla and add some of the pepper and cheese mixture to the middle, roll up and place the seam side down in your dish. Repeat until all of your enchiladas are rolled.
- Spoon more of the enchilada sauce all over the top of the tortillas to ensure all of them have been coated completely. You will probably have some leftover enchilada sauce you can save or freeze for another meal. Don't feel like you have to use it all.
- Cover the top with the rest of the cheese and place in the oven for 15 minutes. For the last 2 minutes, I put my broiler on so the cheese was nice and melted and a little browned on top.
- Remove the pan from the oven and garnish with the green onions. Serve with sour cream and avocado. Enjoy!
How to make your own dried chile Powder
- You can use the generic chili powder you get at the grocery store but I highly recommend making your own from dried chiles. It's easy and has a more authentic flavor. I make mine using my mini coffee/spice grinder. I just buy the dried chiles in the Mexican area at the grocery store and grind them up. It takes about 2 minutes and we use the chile powder on most of the Mexican dishes we make. I use a couple of different varieties of chile to make an interesting mix, or you could just choose one. Be careful, it does add heat, so you can remove the seeds before grinding if you don't want too much heat.
- You will most likely end up with extra enchilada sauce so don't feel like you have to use it all. You can always freeze for later.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
Did you Make This Recipe?
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