Ever wonder what to make with poblanos? These humble Mexican chili peppers are much more versatile than meets the eye. Their mild heat and rich, earthy flavors truly shine when cooked or roasted and will bring a delicious twist to your dinner table.
In this post, I've collected a whopping 25 mouthwatering poblano recipes, and there is something for everyone.
From roasted poblano salsa and zesty poblano corn chowder to some amazing and easy-to-make authentic or Mexican-inspired family dinners, these poblano recipes won't disappoint.
Everyone needs a good roasted poblano salsa in their recipe repertoire. It's perfect for snacking or as a party appetizer with tacos or tortilla chips. Or pair with chicken or fish for dinner. This healthy salsa is not only full of flavor but even Weight Watchers-approved.
A rich, creamy poblano sauce made from charred poblano peppers is swirled through a bowl of pasta noodles, creating traditional Mexican dinner flavors. And it comes with a healthy twist by using non-fat Greek yogurt instead of a full-fat cream or sour cream.
Chicken tacos are the perfect weeknight dinner that quickly comes together after a long day. The poblano salsa adds a pop of flavor to the crunchy cabbage and chicken breasts, making every bite savory and rich. It will be a new family favorite.
This enchilada comes with a vegetarian-friendly option. Roasted veggies are mixed with corn, shredded chicken, or white beans, rolled into tortillas, and baked in a lovely salsa verde and cheese. It's all good flavors in one comforting meal.
Poblanos become almost sweet and smoky when roasted and paired with sweet corn, potatoes, and Mexican seasoning in this vegetarian-friendly chowder recipe. It has a mild kick and a great taste. Serve it with crispy bacon for the meat lovers at your table.
If you love a good spicy kick, then this green-roasted poblano soup is a must-make recipe. The key to adding rich and complex flavors is in the garnishes, so don't skip them. A touch of acidity, cilantro, and cream will bump up the flavors. It's a fantastic bowl of soup that is also easy to make.
This list is not complete without including an authentic chile relleno recipe. Deliciously roasted poblano peppers stuffed with cheese and dipped in an egg batter are fried until golden brown! What's not to love about that? Every bite comes with melted gooey cheese. It might just become your favorite Mexican dish.
Here is a party dip or fun appetizer your guests will love. This mildly spicy cheese dip comes with roasted poblano peppers, various cheeses, and beautiful spices. Serve it with crunchy tortilla chips or nachos for a starter, or use it to smother burgers or baked potatoes for dinner.
These vegetarian-friendly quesadillas need no meat. Melted cheese, black beans, onions, and sautéed poblano peppers form a hearty filling between crispy tortillas. This Mexican-inspired dish is also wonderfully spiced, which comes through with each bite.
What better way to bring a touch of Mexican flavors to your dinner table than with a slow cooker? Shredded chicken is cooked to perfection in a lime, garlic, and honey sauce and then served on corn tortillas. You also can get creative with your toppings. Chopped cilantro, extra poblano peppers, and crumbled cheese are just a few options to brighten the flavors.
Yes, we are all for a family-sized casserole with unique Mexican-inspired flavors. And this baked dish is anything but bland. The best part is that you can prepare and bake this later. It even freezes well. It's one of the most leisurely comfort dinners you can make.
Here is another taco dinner recipe, but this time, poblano peppers are combined with chili-seasoned shrimp and cheese before stuffed in corn tortillas and then deliciously baked until crisp. It comes with a creamy avocado cilantro sauce for an amazing dinner. It's mouthwatering good.
These smoked stuffed poblanos can be a dinner option or an entertaining appetizer. It's also super easy to make and a special dish for all meat lovers. A sausage stuffing and cheese fill up half-cut poblano peppers. They are then wrapped in bacon and popped into the oven—simple yet delicious.
You will love this rich, comforting soup bowl you can make with or without chicken meat. Sweet corn is once again paired with the mild spices of poblano peppers and other spices and then topped with fresh herbs and queso blanco cheese.
This innovative take on the traditional Southern-baked cornbread is what we've all been waiting for. It's such a versatile poblano recipe, too, because you can easily add any pre-cooked fillings like BBQ chicken with onions or beef and fresh corn mixture. The options are endless.
If you want to make an authentic mole poblano recipe, better than restaurant-style, you've come to the right place. This Mexican dish features a savory chocolate sauce with wonderfully complex flavors that you can serve over turkey or chicken. It's a perfect dish for holidays or birthday celebrations.
Whether for game day, dinner, or a weekend brunch, you can't go wrong with these delicious cheese burritos. Each bite greets you with a hint of spicy poblano peppers, black beans, crispy cheese, and Mexican-seasoned potatoes. A seasoned sour cream is the perfect dipping sauce. It's a crowd-pleaser.
What's not to love about a flavorful poblano chicken sheet pan dinner that comes together in under 45 minutes? Serve over rice, beans, and flour tortillas, and don't forget the guacamole, limes, and cilantro for a lovely Mexican-inspired bowl.
This enchilada skillet might have some unusual pairings, but we are here for it. A deliciously spiced pumpkin enchilada sauce, tortilla strips, and cheese pop in the oven until you have a yummy one-pan dinner that is also vegetarian, gluten-free, and packed with protein. It might just become a new family favorite.
Well-seasoned chorizo stuffing and cheese in half-cut poblano peppers are a match made in heaven. Serve with avocado cream or hot sauce for another great game-day snack or appetizer.
Roasted tomatoes meet roasted poblanos in this smoky soup with a spicy kick. It's hearty, warming, and utterly comforting on cold days.
If you want to change up your classic sunny-side-up eggs, you will find it in this Mexican breakfast. Fire-roasted stuffed poblano peppers topped with sauces, salsas, and baked eggs will satisfy you well until lunch. It's an innovative brunch option, too, for weekend entertaining.
Here's another authentic recipe with satisfying flavors and textures that do justice to Mexican cuisine. The colors of this dish represent the Mexican flag with green roasted poblanos, a white walnut sauce, and pomegranate seeds for garnish. The peppers are deliciously stuffed with a unique meat, nuts, spices, and dried fruit mixture. It takes a little bit longer to prepare, but that's why it's a great holiday or celebratory dish that will wow your table.
This appetizer is definitely a twist to the classic pesto, but roasted poblanos add a lovely spicy kick that pairs well with toast or served alongside chicken or steak.
It's arepas time, and you will love this versatile recipe that can serve as a side for dinner or as a savory breakfast. Roasted poblano peppers and vegan mozzarella cheese fill up an arepa dough and are pan-fried into small cakes. Stuff them with your favorite veggies and sauce, and voila, you have the perfect dish that will also please your vegan friends or family members.
I hope you're excited to bring a bit of Mexican flair into your kitchen. We have plenty of other Mexican-inspired dishes, like these amazing side dishes for Taco Tuesday or Mexican breakfasts with a healthy twist.
Peruse the blog and find more of your favorites to get cooking in the kitchen. Enjoy!
25 Poblano Recipes To Spice Up Your Meals: Roasted Poblano Salsa
- 4 Tomatillos
- 1 small-medium poblano pepper
- 1 jalapeno (to taste)
- 2 large cloves garlic (peeled)
- 1.5 tablespoon fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
- ½ cup packed cilantro (large stems removed)
- ⅓ cup finely diced white onion (approximately ¼ large onion)
- Salt to taste (optional)
- Remove husks from tomatillos and cut lengthwise.
- Cut poblano away from core and into roughly four flat strips.
- Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Place tomatillos cut-side down on hot skillet, and add poblano strips, whole jalapeno, and garlic to skillet. Allow to cook undisturbed until the tomatillos soften slightly and a nice char develops. Using tongs, flip ingredients over and allow all sides to develop some char. When complete, move skillet away from heat and allow it to cool down while you prepare remaining ingredients (onion, cilantro, lime juice).
- Remove jalapeno from skillet, chop in half, and add to food processor. Set aside remaining half (to add additional heat to taste)
- Add tomatillos and poblano to food processor.
- Pulse until mixture has a fine texture, but not totally smooth.
- Add lime juice and cilantro, and processor until cilantro is incorporated.
- Taste and add additional jalapeno for spiciness, additional lime juice, and/or salt.
- In serving or storage dish, combine poblano mixture from food processor with diced onion and mix with a spoon until onion is distributed throughout.
- yields about 3 cups of salsa
- remove jalapeno to make mild salsa, replace jalapeno with serrano pepper to make hotter salsa
- zero weight watchers points