So you’re probably thinking, “this thing is covered in cheese, how is it ‘lighter’?” Well, friends, this thing is usually sans veggies, deep-fried AND covered in cheese. This is actually a vegetarian meal you can feel pretty good about. Yes, there’s cheese. But cheese makes the world go ’round. And it’s covering loads of corn and veg. Now, I will warn you, poblano peppers can be a little inconsistent in their heat levels. I’ve had them when they’re very spicy or very mild – tonight we sure got some spicy ones! But just dollop some greek yogurt or sour cream on top and all is mellowed out.
Lighter Chili Rellenos
Just the Tip / Adapted from Rachael Ray
What I used:
- 4 large or 6 small poblano peppers
- 3 cups frozen corn kernels, defrosted and dried on a kitchen towel (I love the roasted frozen corn at trader joe’s)
- 2 tbsp canola or sunflower oil
- 1 red or yellow onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, grated or chopped
- 1 15-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained well
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lime, juiced
- shredded monterey jack cheese
What I did:
- Preheat broiler. Lay the poblanos on a baking sheet and broil until evenly charred (rotating), about 15 minutes total. Once charred thoroughly, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so that the peppers steam for about 5 minutes, allowing the skin to be peeled easier.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saute pan over high heat. When the oil smokes or ripples, add corn, onion, and jalapeno and saute for 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high and add in garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes and season with cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook another minute or 2 then turn pan off. Squeeze the lime juice over the corn mixture.
- Carefully remove the as much skin from poblanos as you can, and split them open and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Transfer the peppers to a small baking sheet and stuff each pepper with lots of the corn mixture, then top each pepper with 1/4 cup cheese and place back under broiler to melt the cheese.