Chile Rellenos Casserole

Chile Rellenos Casserole

This just might be the very first “new” recipe that I tried out right after Drew and I were married. I’d loved to cook for years before that, but cooking for my new husband was just so much fun!

Casseroles. I love them for so many reason: they’re so tasty (I really don’t know if I’ve ever met a casserole that I didn’t like), they’re great leftover, and one-dish dinners make clean-up easy! But so many of the casseroles that I make are loaded with pasta or tortillas. This dish is light on carbs but still filling and easy! Green chiles are mild, so add some red pepper flakes if you’d like extra heat.

This recipe was adapted from here. Note: My recipe is actually half of the amount of the original recipe, but it was still enough for us to make two meals out of it. I baked this “half recipe” in an 8″x 8″ pan. 

Chile Rellenos Casserole                                        2-4 servings

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1 10 oz. can whole green chilies (or 2 roasted fresh green chiles)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375F. Cook hamburger meat and onion. Drain, then add cumin, salt, and pepper.

Chile Rellenos Casserole

Spray your pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray, then line the bottom of your pan with whole green chiles (chop extra green chiles for later).

Chile Rellenos Casserole

Chile Rellenos Casserole

Layer meat over green chiles. Top with cheese and chopped green chiles. Whisk together eggs and milk, then add flour and mix well. Pour this mixture over dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Chile Rellenos Casserole

Serve right away while everything is hot and cheese is melted. Yum!

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150 thoughts on “Chile Rellenos Casserole

  1. i made this tonight, it was really good! I roasted fresh peppers instead and I also used sour cream instead of milk! It was really good! I think next time I might try putting crunched up corn chips to give it some crunch, maybe Fritos? Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. I have fresh roasted Hatch chilies in the deep freeze. I am totally making this tomorrow! YumO Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I made this for dinner the other night using pepper jack cheese. It was awesome and my picky husband asked me to put it in the rotation. Thanks so much for this delish dish:)

  4. I just made this and waiting to pull it out of the oven. It smells fabulous! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  5. This was very good! I added sliced olives to the top, because I love olives on tacos, enchiladas. I agree with Melissa, some crunch on top would really add to the dish. Next time I will serve crunched up corn chips on the side along w/guacamole and sour cream.

  6. Made this for dinner and it was fantastic! I agree with the crunch factor so I put crunched jacked jalapeno Doritos on top and it was AMAZING. A must try for green chili lovers.

  7. made this and doubled it, family absolutely loved this!! I did crunch up some tortilla chips for the top! Yummy will make again! Thanks for great recipe

    1. I am going to make it this weekend. I will need to double the recipe as well. Did you have to add cooking time ?

      1. I double it and just watch it. When it’s light brown it’s done. I “think” it only takes a few minutes more cooking time…enjoy

  8. Made this last night, and altered slightly because of what I had on hand. I used 1 lb gb, and just a 7 oz can (drained) of diced green chilies on the bottom, because my store didn’t have whole. I also added a dash of chipotle powder for kick! Served with green salad, tortilla chips and sour cream on top. We will make again.

    1. Good to know, neither grocery store in town had whole ones! (They also didn’t have cube steak for my other recipe!)

    1. Patsy, are you talking about Baking it, then freezing or just prep then freeze? If baking, cool it, wrap in plastic, lay it right on top, then foil. When uncooked, same thing, plastic on top. So there is no freezer frost on your delish dish! Hope this helps, ENJOY😊

    2. Thanks so much for replying. I will make it then freeze it without baking. I usually have a cooking day and make up several at a time. I love all your recipes and have made several.

  9. I just made this for lunch and we loved it! Will definitely be making again! Anything with roasted chiles in it, we love. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I have made this many times, but with double the eggs. I am making it this time with fresh roasted anaheim peppers, breakfast sausage, topping with tater tots and sharp cheddar! On the side will be sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
    This will be Christmas morning breakfast with monkey bread for dessert!

  11. We make a casserole very similar to this every year for Christmas morning, but use Little Smokies for the meat. Our recipe has a lot more egg, but otherwise is pretty much the same. Try this recipe, folks, it will be a keeper for sure!

  12. I have doubled this recipe for small potlucks and there’s never any left over. It is absolutely delicious. Thanks

  13. everyone is talking crunchy topping..Do u crunch doritos before cooking or add after all done & ready to serve..Going to serve mothers day..So I take it if I doubled recipe it would fit 13×9 pan?

  14. copied this recipe. tonight will be the night for this. love rellenos. will let you know my success story!! thanks for posting this nice recipe. ann forsyth

  15. Yummmmm!!! Good thing I doubled this!! My husband and two teenagers thankfully left enough for me after work!! I used 505 chopped chili’s:)

  16. Do you add the crunchy chips for the top after it’s baked or for during the baking? Won’t they burn if you heat them with the rest of the casserole?

  17. Loved this ! Easy to make. I substituted a little cooked cubed white meat chicken. Family loved it ! Daughter used a piece of it to make a Chile rellano burrito. Yummy left over too!

  18. I’ve been making this for years and my family loves it. I often use half chorizo and half ground beef which helps add flavor to it. There’s never any leftovers.

  19. Hello! I would love to make this and am wondering if I can do it without the flour? What could I possibly sub? Thanks!!

  20. Also love this recipe. We sprayed bottom of dish, and layered tortillas uncooked on the bottom. We also have used hamburger meat, breakfast sausage, or any kind of sausage..Hillshire Farm, Costco varieties, Italian…all enhance flavor wonderfully…have not done the crunch on top and so many choices to choose from. Looking forward to the crunch next casserole.

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