Roasted Shrimp Poblanos Rellenos Recipe

by Donna on May 6, 2013

Shrimp Rellenos

Baja Shrimp Poblanos Rellenos

Meet your new favorite chile relleno!

I have grown to love a new way of making chiles rellenos (stuffed chiles) – roasted. Not fried.

Oh sure, I love the traditional battered, deep fried classic Anaheim chiles stuffed with cheese. But. They are a huge mess to make and are loaded with calories and fat. I became a believer in this style when I had a roasted relleno at a restaurant, and I now make them all the time at home.

These have an easy, flavorful sauce of roasted red bell peppers and tomatoes underneath them while roasting. And the shrimp (and/or crab if you like) with a little cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese make a perfect creamy stuffing.

– posted by Donna

Baja Poblanos Rellenos Recipe
Seafood in a creamy sauce stuffed into fruity poblano peppers - all with the colors of the Mexican flag. A flavor fiesta for your mouth!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 6
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, UNdrained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large poblano peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 pound medium peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 1 cup (2 ounces) Monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup queso fresco, crumbled, for garnish
  • ½ cup diced cilantro for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend red peppers and diced tomatoes and salt in a blender until very smooth. Pour into a 9 by 13 baking pan, or in six oblong baking dishes.
  3. Cook peppers in the microwave oven for about 2 minutes, just until softened.
  4. Cut a long slit in one side of the poblanos from stem to tip. Scoop out all seeds and pulp from inside poblano.
  5. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeno and cumin and cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant. Dice the shrimp and add to skillet. Cook until shrimp is translucent. Stir in cream cheese and then Monterey Jack cheese until melted. Remove from heat.
  6. Stuff the poblanos with the shrimp mixture and then place in the pan(s) with the sauce.
  7. Bake at top of oven for about 40 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly around edges. Serve warm.


Other bloggers do chiles rellenos:

One of the best casserole-style chiles rellenos is made by South Beach Queen Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen
Check out the Mexican classic version at Mexico in my Kitchen
And a Blog About Food has a fabulous version

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Judy @Savoring Today May 7, 2013 at 6:36 am

Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely delicious, it is printed and in my ‘make soon’ stack — there are a few. I like everything about this, the sauce sounds perfect and the cheese a perfect balance. YUM!


Donna May 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Judy – you just made my day! I am thrilled when people want to try my food!


Kalyn May 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm

This looks just amazing, bookmarked!


Donna May 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Thanks Kalyn – and this is *fairly* SB friendly, too!


RavieNomNoms May 8, 2013 at 6:55 am

This looks fantastic!!! I wish I was having this for lunch or dinner today! Delicious!


Donna May 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

Come on over and I’ll make you one!


JC May 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I can’t wait to try this. I love everything Rellenos and this looks deliciously decadent. I’m drooling just thinking about this dish. Making it this weekend!!! Thank you so much for sharing.


Donna May 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hey JC – really, really love how these rellenos turned out!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 11, 2013 at 6:21 am

What a fantastic, easy recipe. The sauce is such a great color.


Donna May 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

Thanks Barbara – these really are fabulous!


SeattleDee May 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

You just set the main dish for Tuesday’s cooking class with my niece. I love the easy approach to the sauce and the unique filling ingredients Mmmmm, I can almost taste it already; much more interesting than my usual vegie, cheese and rice or quinoa rellenos.


Donna May 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Yours sound YUm as well – I love rellenos with pretty much any filling! And your niece is a lucky girl!


Carmen January 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Do you not peel the peppers?


Donna January 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

No, Carmen – I don’t peel them. You can if you like, but I find it makes little difference in this recipe. Do try this one!


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