Grilled Stuffed Chili Rellenos or Green Bell Peppers Recipe

Grilled chile rellenos: Poblano peppers grilled and stuffed with cheese
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
403 Calories
22g Fat
35g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 403
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 895mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 46mg 231%
Calcium 496mg 38%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 501mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This stuffed pepper recipe can be used to make either vegetarian Mexican chile rellenos using poblano peppers on the grill, or, if you don't have poblano peppers, you can stuff green bell peppers instead for a dish similar to traditional chile rellenos. These vegetarian chili rellenos are stuffed with a mixture of baked beans and cheese, seasoned with garlic, onion and fresh cilantro. 

Need your vegetarian chili rellenos to be lower in fat or completely ​vegan as well as vegetarian? To keep it vegan, simply omit the cheese. Need it to be gluten-free as well? All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free, with the possible exception of the canned baked beans. Read the label carefully, as some brands contain hidden gluten-containing additives. If you're not sure and cooking for someone else, probably best to err on the side of caution. 

Recipe courtesy of Bush's® Beans.


  • ​6 large poblano chiles, or green bell peppers

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 (28-ounce) can vegetarian baked beans, drained

  • 1 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce, to taste

  • 12 ounces pepper jack, or Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut poblano chiles in half lengthwise to create a boat for filling and scrape out seeds.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Add onion, garlic, jalapenos, red bell pepper, cilantro and cumin, and cook over medium heat until golden brown for about 4 minutes.

  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in the baked beans, hot sauce and 8 ounces of cheese. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture into the hollowed chiles and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

  4. Set up your grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. Arrange the chilies on the grill away from the direct heat. Cook until the chilies are tender and cheese is browned and bubbling about 30 to 40 minutes.

  5. Remove from grill and serve at once.

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