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Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Red Pepper Puree

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Breaking tradition with Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Red Pepper Puree and Coconut Rice.

When you think of Chile Relleno, what comes to mind? Fried. Heavy. Spicy. As someone who avoids frying like the plague, I’d like to dump the first two stereotypes and add the terms Creamy, Succulent and Elegant to the mix.

Most Chile Relleno recipes prepared here in the states, are deep fried masses of oozing cheese. As tempting as that may sound, they often leave you feeling like you got a swift kick in the stomach.

Roasted Poblano Peppers

I’d like to propose that Stuffed Poblano Peppers do not have to be deep fried. (Pause for shock and awe.) Believe it or not, not ALL stuffed peppers prepared in Latin America are deep fried. And even if they were, that doesn’t mean WE have to do it that way, right? RIGHT?

Shrimp Stuffed Peppers

After all, chile relleno simply means “stuffed chile” in Spanish. How it’s stuffed and cooked is up for debate.

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. ~ William Somerset Maugham

Red Pepper Puree

These Stuffed Poblano Peppers, served with Red Pepper Puree and Coconut Rice, are an elegant alternative to “traditional” chile rellenos. Creamy goat cheese and shrimp snuggle in fire roasted poblano peppers atop tender coconut rice. As if that weren’t enough, a pool of silky red pepper puree gently caresses both the sweetness of the rice and the spicy poblano pepper. Delicioso!

Chile RellenoFantastic Modern Grace dishes from Villeroy & Boch.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Red Pepper Puree

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


For the Stuffed Poblano Peppers:
8 large poblano peppers
1 lb. chopped, cooked shrimp (or cooked chorizo, shredded chicken or pork sausage)
5 diced shallots, divided
4 oz. softened goat cheese
¾ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese (or Mexican blend)
2 Tb. chopped cilantro
2 Tb. chopped basil + extra for garnish

For the Red Pepper Puree:
2 whole red peppers
¼ cup+ heavy cream
Pinch of cayenne pepper

For the Coconut Rice:
2 Tb. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups long-grain rice
1- 14 oz. can sweetened coconut milk (OR unsweetened coconut milk + 1 Tb. sugar)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Either on the grill or over a gas burner, roast 8 poblanos and 2 whole red peppers until blackened on all sides. (I like to do this on the grill.)

Place all peppers in a large zip lock bag (or paper bag) seal, and let steam for 15 minutes.

Heat 2 TB. olive oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add 4 diced shallots and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes until onion becomes translucent and tender.

REMOVE HALF the onions and garlic and place in the blender. Add rice to the remaining onions in the pot and sauté another 2 minutes to toast rice. Add coconut milk, jalapeno, 1 ½ tsp salt, and 1- 14 oz. can full of water. Bring the rice to a simmer, cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid has evaporated, about 15-17 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered another 5 minutes.

Once the rice is started, GENTLY peel all the peppers. Carefully remove the tops of the poblanos. Mix the shrimp, cheeses, 1 chopped shallot, cilantro, basil, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl.

GENTLY stuff each pepper with shrimp mixture and fold the top to close. Lay the peppers on a greased cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes.

While the peppers are baking, add ¼ cup cream, a pinch of cayenne pepper and 2 whole roasted peppers (seeds removed) in the blender. Puree until smooth. Taste and salt as needed—about 1 tsp. *You may need a little extra cream to create desired thickness!

To plate: Pour about ¼ cup of sauce onto a dinner plate. Place a round mound of rice to top of the rice with 2 stuffed peppers.

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Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Red Pepper Puree

Other Latin American Favorites:

Chile Verde

Mexican Chile Pops

Chicken Chorizo Hash

Creamy Salsa Verde

More Stuffed Poblano Pepper Recipes:

Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos ~ Eat Drink Better

Brisket Stuffed Poblanos ~ Burnin’ Love BBQ

Chicken Stuffed Poblanos ~ The Wicked Noodle

Traditional Chile Rellenos ~ The Paupered Chef

I’d love to hear how YOU break tradition in the kitchen!

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50 Responses to “Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Red Pepper Puree”

  1. SMITH BITESposted August 15, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Like for realz . . . YUM!!! And I don’t use that word often! Honestly? The deep frying is what has kept me from making chili rellanos at home – I don’t even order them in restaurants . . . But I will be attempting these beauties for sure!


  2. Belinda @zomppaposted August 15, 2011 at 6:17 am

    What gorgeous peppers! The colors!


  3. Kellyposted August 15, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Oh wow, everything about this dish is amazing!! I love all the flavors and your pictures are fabulous! :)


  4. Maris (In Good Taste)posted August 15, 2011 at 7:09 am

    this is a must make for me! Beautiful!


  5. Mari @ Mari's Cakesposted August 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Great filling and presentation!! Very mouthwatering recipe.


  6. Dawnieposted August 15, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Looks delicious!


  7. Sandiposted August 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Creative post…looks delicious!


  8. Angie's Recipesposted August 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I am going to make some bell pepper sauce too! Yours looks so tempting!


  9. bonnie at sweet lifeposted August 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

    very true..not all chile rellanos are deep fried. great recipe!!


  10. 5 Star Foodieposted August 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    A wonderful dish here! I love the stuffing with shrimp and goat cheese, and the red pepper puree and coconut rice are perfect accompaniments.


  11. Fresh and Foodieposted August 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Yes! Yum, these looks so great. And with coconut rice, too? Double yum! Really nice recipe.


  12. Lacyposted August 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Wow!! This looks and sounds fantastic! What a great recipe, I definitely have to try this out!


  13. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted August 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Love goat cheese, coconut rice and shrimp. All together? Muy Bueno!


  14. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted August 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I recently tried Poblano peppers for the first time. I really loved them so much more than bell peppers. I’ve always avoided stuffed bell peppers but may have to give this a try. The coconut rice sounds like a great contribution to these flavors. Thanks! Have a great week Sommer!


  15. Kitaposted August 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

    These peppers sound awesome. I love a pepper – pretty much any pepper – probably a little too much. These stuffed peppers sound to die for.


  16. Nanaposted August 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I never eat Chile Relleno simply because it is fried and full of fat. This recipie I can do. This looks wonderful Sommer, I’m am going to try it. And coconut rice…..I love. Thanks for sharing this recipie.


  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Mmmm, I love stuffed peppers and especially when they have a little bit of a kick to them! Your puree sounds fabulous!


  18. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted August 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I can not tell a lie…I love fried chili rellenos. I don’t make them myself but they are done so well, not heavy or greasy and so I know I’ll still frequent that restaurant when the urge strikes me.

    That being said? I never make them at home because I don’t do deep frying here…and these look and sound scrumptious. The addition of goat cheese? Well, as someone who just did a month long roundup of goat dishes including cheese…you can imagine that got my attention. I LOVE goat cheese; can’t wait to prepare these!


  19. rinkuposted August 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Looks cool! Love the colors of the peppers and nice detailed pictures.


  20. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted August 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I love chile relleno! This recipe looks extra scrumptious. I’ve never tried it with shrimp. I am going to have to changed that. Yum! Great presentation too.


  21. Lindaposted August 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    The presentation of this dish is gorgeous, the red pool of sauce, white rice and green chili. I love that this is not fried and you did a great remake of this dish!


  22. Steph@stephsbitebybiteposted August 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I have got to make this!! I’ve been wanting to make stuffe poblanos for a while now!


  23. Laurenposted August 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I could drink a whole bowl of that red pepper puree! YUM.


  24. Debi Shawcrossposted August 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Way better than the fried version, and I love the sweetness of the coconut rice with the spicy peppers.
    Great dish to prepare ahead and pop into the oven!


  25. Dmarieposted August 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    looks great…I don’t have any poblanos on hand, but I think that red pepper puree would be great on anything. hmnnn…! thx, Spicy!


  26. torviewtorontoposted August 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    lovely combination with the coconut rice love it


  27. Vanderbilt Wifeposted August 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    That combination of shrimp and goat cheese sounds fantastic. I bet it would make an awesome enchilada, too!


  28. Shelbyposted August 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

    These sound so yummy (look too!) I am a big chile fan and can’t wait to try this recipe!


  29. Parsley Sageposted August 16, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I’m loving the stuffing. These look outstanding! Well done ditching the deep fried stereotype :) Buzzed!


  30. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted August 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

    This looks like a much lighter, much healthier, and much more delicious version of stuffed poblano peppers than I’ve ever seen before! Great job, Sommer!


  31. marlaposted August 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I have never made poblano peppers. Plain or stuffed. Obviously I should – these look great!


  32. Betsyposted August 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Yum! This is right up my alley! Spice, Shrimp, Goat cheese…all things I love! I’ll definitely try this out


  33. Debposted August 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

    One of husbands favorites is chile rellenos. Not sure he’d give them up but these stuffed poblanos are enticing. The fragrant coconut rice compliments the goat cheese stuffing, just scrumptious!


  34. Magic of Spiceposted August 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Poblano peppers are a favorite and they are gorgeously stuffed! Beautiful flavors all around and love this puree!


  35. Roxana GreenGirlposted August 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I just had lunch and your stuffed peppers make my hungry. Love love love the shrimp filling!
    Beautiful photos as usual, Sommer!


  36. Tiff @ Babes and Kidsposted August 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Seriously a unique recipe. I’ve also been looking for a good coconut rice recipe, I’ll have to try yours.


  37. amykbhposted August 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Yum…looks great. I made stuffed poblanos last year and my HANDS WERE ON FIRE! I was carefuly to not touch my eyes, but still my hands were stinging like mad. What do you recommend to prevent that?


    • Sommer — August 16th, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

      Hi Amy,

      Poblanos are tricky because sometimes they are very mild and other times they are HOT! After you’ve cut the tops off, always smell them so you know what you’re dealing with. If they are spicy, you can put on rubber gloves before peeling them, or try rubbing your hands with veg. oil before touching the peppers. The oil offers a protective layer and allows the pepper juices to wash off easily.


  38. pattyposted August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous plate of food! I love the look of the green Poblano peppers on that pool of red pepper puree, and the stuffing!!!!


  39. Candaceposted August 17, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I absolutely must make this. I love everything about it especially that you didn’t fry it. I’m pinning it to try this week. It looks fantastic!


  40. Celiaposted August 17, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Great recipe! I love cheesy chiles too, but can’t handle them that often. Great way to lighten them up and make them a real main course.


  41. blackbookkitchendiariesposted August 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

    i love how you plated this dish. simply beautiful and so elegant. love the flavors in here… yum!


  42. Sanjeeta kkposted August 18, 2011 at 2:45 am

    This is a wonderful dish, Sommer! Love the red pepper puree..what lovely color and combo you ave used in the recipe. Awesome.


  43. Jess@BringYour Appetiteposted August 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Shrimp-stuffed poblano peppers? Red pepper puree? Coconut rice? This sounds fantastic. I love that it’s a twist on a Mexican (?) classic, with just a tease of Thai thrown in there. I’ll definitely have to give this one a try.


  44. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)posted August 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    OK! I live in San Diego, and I can HONESTLY say, I’ve never seen a stuffed pepper as good as yours. And your photos are absolutely stunning. The colors, the favors, the texture, OH MY!!!


  45. Stevieposted August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Stufgfed poblanos are one of my favorites. They’re the best pepper to stuf fin my opinion: sort of smoky, spicy and sweet, all rolled into one marvelous package. I have made them before without frying them Mine tend to fall apart. You look like you’ve mastered keeping them in shape.


  46. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted September 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Gorgeous dish and it has my stomach growling!


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