Chiles Rellenos de Puerco

Pork Stuffed Poblano Chiles

Chiles Rellenos are one of the best known and loved Mexican foods. Chile relleno translates as “stuffed chile.” If you have never had them, they are Poblano chiles that are stuffed with pork, beef or cheese and then are battered and fried and served covered in salsa roja. Heaven on a plate. Don’t you agree?

Chile Relleno in Salsa Roja
Chile Relleno in Salsa Roja

Visual Recipe for Authentic Chiles Rellenos

Follow the visual guide to prepare authentic chiles rellenos. The full printable recipe is at the end of the guide. Let’s get cooking!

How to Make Chiles Rellenos

Don’t be intimidated by this recipe. It does take some effort to prepare, which is well worth it, but anyone can do it. If you follow the guide carefully you will have prepared some amazing traditional chiles rellenos.

Ingredients to Make Chiles Rellenos
All the ingredients for pork filled chiles rellenos.

To make chiles rellenos start by gathering all of your ingredients. The recipe has many ingredients and it is good to collect them all to ensure that you haven’t forgotten any. You don’t want to get halfway through preparation and then have to make a run to the supermarket. This reminder comes from hard-earned experience. :)

Ingredients:

  • 6 large Poblano chiles
  • 2 pounds pork loin roast
  • 1 cup pork broth
  • 2 lbs Roma tomatoes
  • 2 white onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups cooking oil

First, Prepare the Poblano Chiles

The recipe calls for Poblano chiles which must be cleaned before using. If you are not sure how to clean chiles, see our guide to roasting and peeling Poblano chiles.

Fresh Poblano Chiles

Fresh Poblano Chiles

Poblanos are flavorful and only mildly hot and hold up well to stuffing. They are the traditional chile for making chiles rellenos.

How to Make the Pork Filling

Cooked Pork Filling Chiles Rellenos
Pork filling for chiles rellenos.

The pork filling for this recipe is adapted from a recipe in Diana Kennedy’s cookbook, The Art of Mexican Cooking.

If this cookbook is not in your collection consider buying it. It’s a great resource for anyone who loves Mexican cooking. I was lucky enough to have Diana sign my copy at a book signing in San Miguel de Allende.

Prepare the Pork for the Filling

Loin roast is a good cut for this dish. Clean any tough membrane from the pork and then cut into 1″ to 1 1/2″ cubes.

Cubed Pork
Cut the pork into cubes.

You cube the pork so it cooks evenly. 1″ to 1 1/2″ cubes are fine. You don’t have to be too precise because you will shred and chop the meat after it is cooked.

Boiling Cubed Pork
Put the pork in a pot with 1/4 of a white onion and just cover with water.

Put the pork into a pot with 1/4 of a white onion and just cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 35 minutes. Skim any scum that rises to the top.

Pork Broth in Stock Pot
Remove the pork and simmer the broth to reduce it.

Once the pork is cooked remove it from the pot and simmer the broth until it has reduced to about 1 cup of liquid. Reducing the broth concentrates the pork flavor. It will take about 10 minutes to reduce.

Cooked Pork for Filling
The fully cooked pork.

You are ready to prep the filling.

Shredded Pork in Bowl
Shred the pork with your fingers.

With your fingers break apart the pork into smaller pieces.

Finely Chopped Pork
Then chop the pork finely.

Use a knife to chop the pork into fine pieces. Try to cut meat into evenly sized pieces.

Prepare the Salsa

You will make two batches of this salsa to make the chiles rellenos. One batch is used to prepare the pork filling and the other batch is used when you serve the chiles rellenos.

Blend Salsa Ingredients
Put the ingredients in the blender jar with about 1/4 water.

Put the salsa roja ingredients into your blender. Add about 1/4 cup of water which is just enough to help the salsa fully blend without making it watery.

Blended Tomato Salsa
Blend mixture for 1 minute.

Blend the salsa for about 1 minute. It should still have a bit of texture but it shouldn’t be chunky. Don’t be put off by the pale pink color of the salsa. It takes on a beautiful red color when fully cooked.

Oil in Pan
Add 2 tablespoons cooking oil to pan and heat to medium-hot.
Frying Tomato Salsa
Slowly pour the blended salsa into the hot oil.

Frying the salsa in hot oil helps develop a rich flavor. To fry it, slowly pour it into the hot oil. Be careful because it tends to spatter.

Reduced Tomato Salsa
Simmer for 10 minutes until the salsa has thickened and darkened in color.

Simmer the salsa roja for about 10 minutes until it has thickened. As promised the salsa has turned a beautiful deep red color and the flavor has intensified.

Prepare Filling

Adding Pork to Salsa
Add the shredded chopped pork to 1 batch of the salsa roja
Add Other Ingredients to Pork
Add the rest of the ingredients.

Then add the rest of the filling ingredients including 1 cup of pork broth and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

Mixing Ingredients Chiles Rellenos Filling
Stir well to incorporate all of the ingredients
Pork Filling Chiles Rellenos
It’s starting to look delicious.

Cook the filling over low heat for about 20 minutes until most, but not all of the liquid has evaporated. You want the filling to remain moist but it shouldn’t be dripping liquid when you fill the chiles.

Stuff and Close the Chiles

Stuff each chile with the pork filling. Do not overstuff the chiles because you won’t be able to close them with a toothpick and the filling will spill out. More isn’t always better. You want to maintain a balance between all of the ingredients.

Stuffing a Chile Relleno
Stuff each chile with pork filling
Closing a Chile Relleno with Toothpick
Use a toothpick to close the Poblano chile.
Stuffed Chile Poblano Closed with Toothpick
Properly closed chile. The stuffing won’t fall out of this one.

Prepare the Batter

Traditional chiles rellenos are battered in a light egg batter. Follow these steps to make a perfect batter.

Separating Egg Whites
Separate the egg whites.

Carefully separate the egg whites. If you get some yolk in the whites before they are whipped the batter won’t expand and become fluffy.

Separated Egg Yolks
Separate the yolks.

Try not to break the yolks because you add them one at a time to the whipped whites.

Adding Egg Whites to Bowl
Pour the egg whites into a mixing bowl.

Start by pouring the egg whites into a large mixing bowl.

Whip Egg Whites
Use an electric hand mixer to whip the egg whites.

Whip the egg whites with an electric hand mixer set on high.

Whipping Egg Whites
Whip until the egg whites are fluffy and coat the back of a spoon.

It takes a few minutes of whipping for the egg whites to expand and become fluffy. When the egg whites have expanded greatly and the mixture starts to form peaks when you remove the beaters it is ready for the next step.

Adding Yolks to Egg Whites
Add the yolks one at a time to the whipped egg whites.

Gently slide the yolks into the whipped egg whites one at a time. Add one and when it is fully incorporated add the next one until they are all incorporated.

Whipping Chile Relleno Batter
Whip until the yolks are incorporated and the batter is light and fluffy.

When the batter is smooth light and fluffy and coats the back of a wooden spoon without dripping it is ready to use. If it separates while you are in the process of battering and frying the chiles just whip it with your electric mixer for a few seconds to incorporate again.

Batter the Chiles

Once the chiles are stuffed, it’s time to batter them in the egg batter.

Flouring a Chile Relleno
Flour all sides of the chile.

Dust all sides of the chile with flour which helps the egg batter stick to the chile.

Battering a Chile Relleno
Dip the floured chile in the egg batter to cover both sides.

Very gently dip the floured chile into the egg batter. Be sure to cover all of the chile in batter.

Placing Chile Relleno in Hot Oil
Fry the chiles one or two at a time.

Very gently slide one of the stuffed chiles into your frying pan. Be very careful to not knock the batter off the chile.

Flipping a Chile Relleno
Gently turn the chile to cook the other side.

When the bottom part of the chile has turned a golden color, use two spatulas to carefully turn the chile over. Be very careful to not knock the batter off the chile.

Frying Chile Relleno
Looking good!

This chile is ready to be removed from the oil. The coating has turned a beautiful golden brown.

Chiles Rellenos
Place the chiles on a plate with paper towels to drain excess oil.

Drain the chiles on a plate covered with paper towels for a couple of minutes to remove excess oil.

Serve the Chiles Rellenos

Now comes the best part, serving and eating the chiles rellenos. To serve, spoon some salsa roja onto a plate place the chile in the middle of the salsa and then spoon a bit more salsa over the chile. It is ready to serve. Chiles rellenos are served warm not piping hot.

Chile Relleno in Salsa Roja
A perfectly prepared chile relleno.

Doesn’t it look great?

Provecho!

Chile Relleno in Salsa Roja
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Recipe Chiles Rellenos

Recipe for authentic chiles rellenos, Poblano chiles stuffed with a savory pork filling. Chiles Rellenos are one of the best known and loved Mexican foods. Give this recipe a try. You won't be disappointed.
Course Pork
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Poblano peppers, pork, salsa roja, stuffed peppers
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 chiles rellenos
Calories 525kcal
Author Douglas Cullen

Ingredients

  • 6 large Poblano chiles
  • 2 pounds pork loin roast
  • 1 cup pork broth made during preparation of the dish
  • 2 lbs Roma tomatoes
  • 2 white onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups cooking oil

Instructions

  • PREP THE POBLANO CHILES
  • Follow these instructions to prep the Poblano chiles for use in the recipe
  • PREPARE THE PORK
  • Cut the pork into 1" to 1 1/2" cubes
  • Put the pork in a large pot
  • Add 1/4 of a white onion
  • Add just enough water to the pot to cover the pork
  • Bring the pork to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cook for 35 minutes
  • When the pork is cooked remove from the water and reserve
  • Continue simmering the pork broth until it has reduced down to 1 to 1 1/4 cups of liquid, about 10 more minutes
  • PREPARE THE SALSA ROJA
  • (
    Prepare 2 batches of this salsa
    )
  • Add 1 pound of roughly chopped tomatoes, 1/2 of a white onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 cup of water to your blender.
  • Blend for 1 minute until smooth.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan
  • Slowly pour the blended mixture into your pan with the hot oil
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes to cook and thicken it
  • PREPARE THE FILLING

In a pan, to 1 batch of salsa, add the following ingredients:

  • All of the chopped pork
  • -1/2 finely chopped onion
  • -1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • -1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • -1/4 chopped raisins
  • -1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • -1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • -2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • -1 cup pork broth
  • Stir to mix all ingredients
  • Cook over low heat stirring occasionally for approximately 20 minutes until moist of the moisture has evaporated from the filling
  • PREPARE THE BATTER
  • Separate the whites and yolks from 3 eggs
  • Put the egg whites in a large mixing bowl
  • Whip the egg whites with an electric beater until the egg whites are fluffy and can coat the back of a spoon
  • Add 1 egg yolk to the whipped egg whites and whip until incorporated
  • Add another egg yolk and whip until incorporated
  • Add the 3rd egg yolk and whip until incorporated
  • The batter is ready when it is light, smooth and fluffy
  • BATTERING THE CHILES
  • Sprinkle flour on all sides of each stuffed chile
  • With a spatula very gently dip each stuffed chile into the batter. Be sure that the batter coats all sides of the chile
  • FRYING THE CHILES
  • Preheat 4 cups oil to medium-hot in a frying pan
  • Gently lower the battered chiles into the hot oil
  • Fry the chiles 1 or 2 at a time. Don't overcrowd them
  • When the bottom of the chile has turned golden brown turn the chile with 2 spatulas
  • Place the fried chiles on a plate covered in paper towels to remove excess oil
  • SERVING THE CHILES RELLENOS
  • To serve, spoon some salsa onto a plate, place the chile relleno in the middle of the salsa and then spoon a little more salsa over the chile.

Notes

  • If your egg batter starts to separate while you are battering chiles, a few seconds whipping with the electric beater will incorporate it again.
  • Depending on the size of your chiles, you will probably have some pork filling leftover which makes a great taco.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 177mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 1366mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2240IU | Vitamin C: 129.4mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3.3mg

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15 comments… add one
  • If I wanted to make a cheese stuffed version, what kind of cheese would you recommend? Your step by step instructions make this look so easy! Thanks!

    • Try making them with panela or queso fresco, both are fresh cheeses which are light and airy. You don’t want to make them denser aged cheeses.

  • Rich

    Why bother separating the eggs only to use a mixer to incorporate yolks? Doing it this way, you’ll lose the benefit of a fluffy and less eggy tasting batter!

    Bring the eggs to room temperature. Separate and whip the whites to stiff peaks. Whip the yolks until frothy.

    Fold the yolks into the egg whites, being careful not to deflate then. A couple turns will do.

    This method is also recommended when making Belgian waffles.

    • Nathan

      I made the recipe tonight and made the fry batter in a few batches due to not having a big enough bowl. I tried this technique out, did not work well for frying. It is in fact too fluffy/airy and fries onto the chile like a piece of sponge. Better to get a still-airy but not meringuey batter, as per the original recipe. Cheers!

    • Kristin McCoy

      That is a good point

  • stevieg

    Rich, why throw ice on this magnificent contribution. Celebrate and promote the positive and show us a link to your wonderful stuff.

  • Audrey

    I particularly enjoyed your recipe for the seasoned pork stuffing- delicious!

  • BurnedToast

    I have just found your site and have not yet cooked anything, but I love the presentation of the recipes and all of the great photos. Very helpful indeed. I can almost taste it.
    I love Chili Rellenos, though I have never made them, and yours look delicious. I will be heading out to buy some Poblanos very soon.
    Thanks for the great site.

  • Ninna Flopz

    Your blog is trully amazing, not exagerating. But real mexican chiles rellenos are not stuffed with this pork preparation. They are, in fact stuffed with Manchego cheese. However, thanks for taking mexican recipes to the world! :D

    • Nancy Boyce

      I worked at a Mexican Restaurant years ago. My boss made the best Rellenos ever. Customers drove a long way to eat them. The Rellenos were stuffed with cheese and the batter was like a corn dog batter covered with a brown sauce excellent

    • Monica

      Traditional Mexican cuisine preparation varies widely from one region to another. What is traditional in one area is basically unheard of in another.

  • Cyndi HG

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I had always had Chile Rellenos stuffed with Queso Fresco until I lived in different parts of Mexico. I discovered just how amazing and varied Mexican cooking can be. What a rich heritage!

  • Kristin McCoy

    WOW!!! That is the most spectacular tutorial on Chile Rellenos EVER!!!! Thank you so much for putting all of your time and devotion into demonstrating how to make a proper relleno. My mother used to try rellenos at every restaurant and was usually disappointed for one reason or another. This is what I have been looking for. Our whole family loves a good relleno. I loved your detailed instructions accompanied by the gorgeous photos. You obviously are a good cook if you are as meticulous as your recipe instructions.
    I’m going to follow your directions to the letter.

  • Tina Jenkins

    I planned to stuff with cheese only and come across your recipe. Raisins & walnuts was in question although I read it the sweetness balances the spice, and boy did it! Amazing flavors. However i think I chard my chili’s too long. They were not easy to stuff w/o tearing. Luckily my batter was perfect and held it all together. I did add quedo and fresco cheese topping it with more fresco. Mmmm!

  • Donald Branton

    This recipe is a disaster. Meat filling was not good and overpowered the flavor of the relleno. No cheese in a chili relleno? I’ve never heard of that. I will find a different recipe.
    Donald

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