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Easy Chiles Rellenos Casserole

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Chiles Rellenos casserole is a super simple, irresistible Tex-Mex dish that is pure comfort food! This Easy Chiles Rellenos Recipe with cheese, eggs and peppers makes an easy meatless weeknight dinner.

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Easy Chiles Rellenos Casserole

I first made this riff on the classic Tex-Mex dish years ago, when my parents were in town for a visit. My dad went back for seconds and then thirds. Hot, cheesy and mildly spicy, this chiles rellenos casserole sure hit the spot on a brisk autumn day. I was a huge fan as well.

Growing up in small-town Iowa, many, many moons ago, tacos were about as ethnic as we got as far as cooking went. I would have loved a Tex-Mex Cobb Salad or even a Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Stew but, alas, we got hard-shelled corn tacos filled with ground beef! Granted, my dad could eat a dozen of those, but he grew to love more traditional Mexican cuisine as time went on.

a white casserole dish with Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Ridiculously Easy Casserole Recipe

Where the typical chiles rellenos consists of stuffed and fried poblanos served with homemade tomato salsa, this shortcut version is much less labor-intensive. Whole mild peppers (right out of the can!) are layered on the bottom of a baking dish, then topped with a generous amount of  Monterey Jack and cheddar before pouring on an egg and cream mixture.

The last step is to drizzle on a small can of tomato sauce before baking. There is no way to mess this casserole recipe up! Of course, you can use a homemade or jarred salsa in lieu of the tomato sauce, but for a quick meal, this easy chiles rellenos casserole is perfect.

Plated serving of Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Chiles Rellenos Casserole Recipe Notes:

If you don’t have half and half on hand, you can:

  • Mix 1/2 cup whole milk + 1/2 cup light cream
  • Mix 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Mix 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1/3 cup heavy cream.

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To make this easy Chiles Rellenos casserole recipe, you will need:

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Chiles Rellenos Casserole | A super easy version of the classic Tex-Mex dish

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

An easy recipe with the delicious flavors of chiles rellenos. Adapted from Desert Treasures

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 cans of whole green chiles, 4 ounces each
  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 can tomato sauce, 8 ounces


  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Grease 9 x 9 inch (or comparable sized) casserole dish.
  2. Rinse chiles to remove seeds. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Layer chiles on bottom of casserole dish. Top with mixture of cheeses, reserving ½ cup for top. Whisk together half and half, eggs, flour, salt and cumin. Pour over cheese. Drizzle top with tomato sauce and sprinkle with reserved cheese.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes, till browned and cooked in center. Cool a few minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 615Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 1208mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g


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27 comments on “Easy Chiles Rellenos Casserole”

  1. I am so totally going to copy this! My box of Hatch chilies came while we were in Louisiana and I am roasting them today. I’m thinking individual casseroles with 2 chilies each would work out nicely for the three of us. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and your delicious looking pics!

  2. Hi, Kate! Phooey…I was wining and dining my dad and forgot to get to Broad Ripple…will definitely go next Saturday!

    Becky, it was so good and easy…great idea on the individual casseroles!

  3. Such a pretty and delicious casserole, Liz. Absolutely in love with this classic Tex-Mex dish. Would love to try this sometime soon. Just one question, though, what can be used instead of half and half?

    • Anu, I gave some substitutions at the bottom of the post. Or are you dairy free? What would liquid would you use to make a custard or quiche along with the eggs?

  4. I’ve never tried them and love the idea of a casserole:@)

  5. My casserole has never looked this good, Liz.

  6. I bet this tastes amazing, I like chillies like that which have a little heat but a great flavour too.

  7. love this casserole .. perfect for anytime!

  8. Hi Liz, I can see why your father went back for seconds and thirds, love everything about this casserole, looks like it’s super creamy and has lots of flavor.

  9. What a great casserole, Liz! No wonder your father couldn’t resist it. And I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. OMG!!! This looks epic!! My hubby would love this!!!! *WANT!* –

  11. Lovely! Did you know I can’t buy green chilies in South America. Weird…!

  12. Well this is right up my alley! I still have a half of freezer full of green chile, so I’m see this a breakfast in the morning. Fabulous dish Liz!

  13. I love that you made this into a casserole! So much easier this way but all the great flavors.

  14. I think I might ahev gone for 4th! Looks so good and cheesy, very quick as you said. Great tip on the half and half subs.

  15. During the Christmas holidays, when I was in Bishop, one of Melissa’s clients brought dinner to the house as a gift. Everything was vegetarian to accommodate our sweet Emma. One of the main courses was a Chiles Rellenos casserole which everyone including our non-vegetarian Clara, enjoyed. The guy who loved it most was Stephen. He really, really loved it. He and the girls do most of the cooking in the family. A few days later, as he was eating the last of the leftovers, his words to Emma and Clara were, “We have to learn to make this.” I just sent the recipe to them but will be making it myself next month. So many of my friends are vegetarian and will love this. (This comment is too long!!!)

  16. Comfort food is just what I’ve been craving. Your casserole is a must make!

  17. I am all about quick and easy meals these days and this is going to be a big hit!

  18. This is a dish I would down in a second. I’ve always stayed away from the actual Chiles Rellenos because they are deep fried, and this tasty version sound 100 times better. I know our friends whom we are visiting in February, would love this dish, so I know I’ll make this for them.

  19. Yummo, I do like Tex Mex and this casserole sounds devine.

  20. waOOo sounds amazing need to try soon thanks for sharing

  21. Now that I live and work on a tropical island and dont have easy access to a kitchen, I am all about the easy dishes that can be frozen and reheated and served with a salad. This dish is going straight on the list. YUM!

  22. I’ve always been a little intimidated to make chilis rellenos – This version is very do-able! Love all the flavors going on in here!

  23. I’ve always been a little intimidated to make chilis rellenos – This version is very do-able! Love all the flavors going on in here!

  24. Any dish that takes the work out of making dinner is one that I want to make. This looks fabulous!

  25. I used skim milk and heavy cream because that’s what I had in the house and it came out delicious! This is my perfect comfort food.

  26. I absolutely love the flavors in this dish! I can’t wait to make it again!

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