Casserole Dishes

Easy Chile Relleno Casserole

Chile Relleno is my all-time favorite dish and I will order it every single time we go to a Mexican Food restaurant. I am rarely disappointed…except for that one time when it was filled with mashed potatoes. Who does that? It wasn’tChiil Relleno with refried beans and salad that it was terrible tasting, even though I really, really didn’t care for it. But it was a major surprise! I was told that it is actually quite common.

Well, NOT in my world, it isn’t!

Anyway, I have come across several recipes for the real thing, but as the Haphazard Homemaker, I do not do anything remotely complicated or requiring deep frying in my kitchen.

I’ve been sitting on this chile relleno casserole idea for awhile. The recipes I have seen call for canned green chiles and a couple of pounds of shredded cheese and topped with a thin batter. Now, I love cheese, but 2/3 cups of cheese per serving seemed like an awful of cheese.

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I also wanted a dish with more substance, specifically some ground beef and the real deal Pablano peppers.    

NOTE: Can be made without ground beef for a vegetarian meal. 

Easy Chile Relleno Casserole

This baked chile relleno casserole serves 6 and is so easy to make!  Easy 20 minute prep, 35-40 minutes in the oven and dinner is done.

If you don’t have Pablano peppers, substitute two 7 oz cans of green chiles, rinsed and drained.


  • 1# ground beef, browned.  
  • 10  oz. Pablano peppers, about 8 medium size.
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

    Ancho Pablano Peppers
    Prepping Pablano Peppers
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.                             
  2. Prepare peppers: cut peppers open, flatten, then scrape and remove seeds and veins.
  3. Place 1/2 cup water and the pepper pieces in a microwave safe covered dish, steam for 5 -8 minutes. Let sit covered for another 5 minutes. Just before putting the casserole together, if you see any bubbles in the skin, poke careful and remove the larger pieces of thin skin.
  4. While the peppers are steaming, brown the ground beef, drain and blot dry to remove grease.
  5. Lightly grease a small baking dish, such as an 8″ or 9″ inch cake pan. (I thought I would save some clean-up time by lining my baking pan with foil. Not a good idea, because the food stuck to the foil. It wasn’t difficult to remove, but I did have to turn the casserole upside down to do so.)Chili Relleno Casserole with Hamburger,Pablano peppers and cheese
  6. Arrange half of the peppers in the bottom of the dish.Chili Relleno with hamburger, peppers and cheese
  7. Sprinkle half of the cooked ground beef over the peppers.
  8. Sprinkle half of the shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses over the browned ground beef. 
  9. Repeat steps #6, #7 and #8.Chili Relleno Casserole Batter Topping
  10. In a medium deep bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, flour, salt and pepper until well mixed. I had a heck of time mixing in the flour in that short bowl.
  11. Pour batter evenly over the the top of the casserole.
  12. Bake approximately 35 minutes at 350°, or until the top is golden brown. 
  13. Remove casserole from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Chili Relleno Casserole

To dish up, cut the casserole with sharp knife and carefully lift out the pieces.

This recipe makes 6 good size portions. Serve with refried beans, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes for a delicious meal to enjoy at home.

Chili Relleno Casserole Dinner

Printable Recipe

Hubby’s Review

Hubby said it was really good and he wouldn’t mind having it for dinner every couple of weeks. It was cheesy, without being overwhelming. That being said, he thought it would be even better with some “Queso blanco” (white cheese) on top, like restaurants serve. I think it’s pretty easy to make, but it’s sold in cans too, and is the same thing some restaurants serve.

Time-saver Tip

Keep a few 1# packages of already-browned ground beef in the freezer, then thaw one in the fridge for a few hours before putting casserole together. To prepare for use, heat in the micro-wave for a few minutes, then blot dry with a paper towel to remove excess grease. I put it on a paper plate and cover with a paper towel, then heat on low or defrost for 3 -4 minutes. You might like this post about freezing ground beef: How to Meal-Prep #10 of Ground Beef

The peppers can be prepped a day or two beforehand and put in a container with a paper towel in the fridge.

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Easy Chili Relleno Casserole Pin

Let me know what you think,



23 thoughts on “Easy Chile Relleno Casserole

  1. That looks really good! I notice the queso blanco in our local stores and often wondered how to use it in a recipe. We are still eating low carb meals and this casserole looks good but with regular green peppers. It looks like you are using chili peppers. I will have to try this sometime, not today!


    1. The canned cheese taste just like in the restaurant. The problem is using the whole can. I try to use it in a recipe, then we finish it off as a chip dip. The restaurants we frequent use Pabalno peppers. (I have had them elsewhere around the country that uses bell peppers. Equally good!) Pablanos have a little heat, but only about 25% of the capsaicin as in jalapenos. Capsaicin is suppose to be good for COPD issues. Sorry for the long reply. 🙂

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  2. OMG! Sounds delish! I’m not too keen on ground beef but I bet spicy Italian sausage would be awesome in it! I love chile relleno! Always indulge when I eat out…and I have never heard of putting mashed potatoes in them! That just sounds ridiculous! Lol. 😀


    1. Amen, Sister! I was really put off by the mashed potatoes. I’m sure spicy Italian sausage would be fantastic. (Hubby just agreed) We had leftovers for lunch today, and I think it was even better than last night. 🙂

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      1. I make killer stuffed bell peppers (sometimes I use poblanos too) with spicy Italian sausage (instead of ground beef) and rice, tomatoes, etc. I even add a small can of chopped green chilis. They’re to die for! I have even taken the same ingredients, added chicken or beef broth and made stuffed bell pepper soup! OMG!! Oh yeah, don’t forget the cheese!! I’m going to try your casserole soon! ❤ Thanks for sharing!

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    1. While I was putting this together, I wondered about substituting ground chicken. I’ll have to try it. From what I’ve seen, most chile rellano casseroles have no meat at all.

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  3. A local Mexican restaurant features these on Friday nights and if some are left over on Saturday. Every six weeks or so we call in an order. Love them. The only time we were disappointed was when we ate at one restaurant and their idea was cream cheese with chopped peppers. We never went back. 🙂 I’ve pinned this to try. Thank you.

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