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baked chile relleno enchiladas

Chile Relleno Enchiladas

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 enchiladas
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Emily
Easy Chile Relleno Enchiladas are a delicious vegetarian Mexican meal and everything is made from scratch including the sauce!
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Enchilada Sauce

  • 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)
  • 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. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 10.7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 770mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 3.2g | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 1mg