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Grain Free Chili Rellenos


  • 8 poblano peppers deseeded
  • 1/3 cup cassava flour I used Otto's
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch You could use cornstarch or tapioca if desired
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 4 ounces pepperjack cheese
  • 4 ounces cotija cheese or Queso Fresca
  • oil for frying

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp arrowroot flour
  • cilantro for garnish, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to broiling.

  2. Place poblanos on cookie sheet and broil in oven 4-5 minutes on each side, or until a nice char forms.

  3. Remove poblanos from oven and allow to cool. Slice down one side of pepper and scoop out seeds. Set aside.

  4. Seperate eggs into whites and yolks. Whip egg whites with a hand blender until stiff peaks form.

  5. Whisk egg yolks until smooth. Add baking powder to egg yolks and fold in egg whites.

  6. In a separate bowl, combine cassava and arrowroot flours.

  7. In a large skillet, add oil and heat over medium.

  8. Stuff poblano peppers with both cheeses. Take toothpicks and close up opening so cheese doesn't fall out.

  9. Roll peppers first in flour and then in egg.

  10. Place peppers in hot oil and fry till golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel.

For the sauce

  1. Heat oil in a skillet for medium heat.

  2. Mince garlic and fry until golden brown. Add the rest of the ingredients (except for arrowroot) and simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. You can puree in a blender or food processor if you'd like a smoother sauce.

  3. Whisk in arrowroot flour and simmer until sauce thickens.

  4. Pour over chili rellenos and top with more cheese and cilantro, if desired. Serve hot.