Chili Relleno Recipe Video

Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadto at 100 7th Avenue South (at Grove Street) in New York City makes traditional chili relleno. The raisins and almonds are reminiscent of a Thanksgiving stuffing. It was almost too pretty to eat...almost.


Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time20 Min
Ready In35 MinDifficulty LevelVery Easy
Health IndexAverageServings1

Recipe Story

Patricio Sandoval's inspiration for Mercadito drew from his experiences shopping with his mother in Mexico at small markets. He grew up in the kitchens of his father's restaurant "Madeiras" in Acapulco, Mexico. After high school, Patricio moved to New York and was hooked. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, he combines traditional techniques with non-traditional ingredients. New York Magazine voted Mercadito's Fish Taco the best in 2006.


 Chili pepper1
 Ground beef stuffing1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Raisins1 Tablespoon (As Required)
 Toasted almonds1 Tablespoon (As Required)
 Cheese1 Tablespoon, grated (As Required)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 590 Calories from Fat 345

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 38 g58.6%

Saturated Fat 14.9 g74.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 127.4 mg

Sodium 1775.2 mg74%

Total Carbohydrates 27 g9.1%

Dietary Fiber 7.9 g31.5%

Sugars 10 g

Protein 35 g71%

Vitamin A 5.4% Vitamin C 41%

Calcium 14.9% Iron 5.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2) Roast the chili peppers over a flame, transfer a bowl, cover with a pastic foil and leave them aside for atleast 20 minutes.
3) Then uncover, peel the skin off the chili pepper, slit and remove the seeds.
4) In a pan, heat the ground beef stuffing mixture until thoroughly heated.
5) Remove the pan from heat and stir in the raisins and toasted almonds.
6) Spoon the beef mixture into the chili pepper and top with grated cheese.

7) Place the stuffed chili pepper in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted.

8) Serve the chili relleno with bean hash or roasted tomato salsa.

Editors Review

For all the Mexican food lovers, this chili relleno is simply the best in its category as it is easily made with a few ingredients, but has a mix of textures and flavors which will simply change the way you felt about rellenos before. Best of all, this particular recipe comes from an award winning Chef.