Air Fried Chile Relleno
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Air Fryer Chile Rellenos

If this isn't the best air fryer chile rellenos recipe you've ever had--or for that matter the best chile rellenos sauce recipe you've ever had--I will eat two of these in penance. But that's not likely to happen. The best, easiest, tastiest air fryer chile rellenos you've never had.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 3
Calories: 394kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre



For the peppers:

  • 3 poblano peppers rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels thawed, or use drained canned corn
  • 1 scallion sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican crema or sour cream

For the sauce:


  • For the peppers: Place peppers in the air fryer basket. Set air fryer to 400°F for 10 minutes, turning peppers halfway through cook time. Remove peppers from air fryer (skins should be charred) and place in a resealable plastic bag to steam for 5 minutes. Peel skin and discard.
  • In a medium bowl combine corn, scallion, cilantro, salt, black pepper, and grated cheese; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion for 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, chile powder, oregano, and cumin, and salt. Cook and stir 1 minute. Whisk in chicken stock, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Cut a slit down the center of each poblano pepper, starting at the stem and continuing to the tip. Remove the seeds, being careful not to tear the chile.
  • Carefully stuff each chile with a layer of half of the corn and cheese mixture, and 1 tablespoon of the crema.
  • Place stuffed peppers in 6-inch heat-proof pan and place the pan in the air fryer basket. Set air fryer to 400°F for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted
  • Serve with red chile sauce.*


*Note: This recipe makes more sauce than you will use in one meal. Freeze it for another time you are making these chiles rellenos and you will be one step ahead.


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g