Chile Rellenos con Pipian Verde

Chile Rellenos con Pipian Verde
Staff Writer


Executive chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's in Houston created this spicy recipe for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. Crunchy, fresh, and flavorful, these rellenos prove that the basketball players aren't the only all-stars in the arena. 


For the pipian verde

Fry the pumpkin seeds in 1 tablespoon of the butter. In a blender, mix together the serranos, tomatillos, onions, garlic, cilantro, and the poblano pepper. Add the chicken stock and the fried seeds and incorporate. Add the sauce and the remaining butter to the saucepan and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Season to taste.

For the chile rellenos

To prepare the salsa, heat a saucepan over a medium flame. Add ½ cup of the corn oil and sauté the onions until translucent. Add the puréed tomatoes, bay leaves, black pepper, garlic oil, and salt. Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. 

For the rellenos, place the shredded chicken in a large bowl and add the salsa; toss to coat chicken with the sauce. Stuff each pepper with the chicken mixture and asadero cheese.

Place the flour and cotija cheese in a bowl and toss to combine well. Working 1 at a time, dredge each poblano pepper with the flour-cheese mixture and shake off the excess. Transfer to a sheet pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat and preheat 1 minute. Sear each poblano, 1 minute per side, and return to sheet pan. Repeat this process with the rest of the chiles rellenos.

Place the chiles rellenos in the oven for 5-8 minutes to soften the skin and heat through. Serve with Pipian Verde and rice. Garnish with pumpkin seeds on top of sauce.


Calories per serving:

951 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 75g 115%
  • Carbs 33g 11%
  • Saturated 24g 119%
  • Fiber 5g 20%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 12g
  • Monounsaturated 24g
  • Polyunsaturated 22g
  • Protein 39g 79%
  • Cholesterol 146mg 49%
  • Sodium 954mg 40%
  • Calcium 558mg 56%
  • Magnesium 144mg 36%
  • Potassium 975mg 28%
  • Iron 4mg 20%
  • Zinc 5mg 32%
  • Phosphorus 720mg 103%
  • Vitamin A 209µg 23%
  • Vitamin C 150mg 251%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 26%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 46%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 36%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 57µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 23%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 31%
  • Vitamin K 33µg 41%
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