Nachos Rellenos

Nachos Rellenos
  • 4Servings


  • 4 large poblano peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 can (15 to 16 oz.) vegetarian refried beans, preferably spicy
  • 1/4 cup bottled or filtered water
  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • A couple handfuls of thin corn tortilla chips, such as Xochitl brand
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey jack, pepper jack or Chihuahua cheese
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


Under the broiler or over a gas burner, char the peppers, turning occasionally, until blistered all over. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool 15 minutes. Peel the peppers, then make a lengthwise cut down one side of each. Carefully open up the peppers, forming boats, and remove the seeds. Arrange the peppers, cut side up, on a large, rimmed baking sheet.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the oil, one turn of the pan, over medium-high. Add half the onion, half the jalapeno, the garlic and the cumin. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the onions soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the beans and water. Bring to a bubble, reduce the heat to low and let the filling simmer while you make the salsa.

In a medium bowl, mix the remaining onion and jalapeno with the chopped tomatoes and cilantro. Season the salsa with salt.

Preheat the broiler if you did not use it to char the peppers.

Fill the peppers with the bean mixture, then top with the chips, salsa and cheese. Broil until the cheese melts and the edges of the chips brown, 2 to 3 minutes. (The peppers will look like they are filled with nachos.) Sprinkle with the scallions.