Poblano Peppers

Everything you need to know about poblano peppers you will find here. Recipes to use them, how to grill them, how to roast them, etc. But most importantly, you will find many delicious and perfect recipes to enjoy them.

chiles poblanos en un plato de madera


It is a pepper that is believed to have been cultivated for the first time in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Being not very spicy, it can be prepared in many ways: cooked, raw, roasted. It is very common in Mexican dishes and in the southern United States.

They are more or less the size of a bell pepper but much thinner and pointy like jalapeños. You can get them in many places and they are very cheap. In truth, they are one of my favorite chili peppers.

What do poblano peppers taste like?

Poblano peppers have the same flavor notes as green peppers but with a kick of heat. To give you an idea, a poblano pepper is less spicy than a jalapeño pepper and slightly spicer than a green bell pepper. When you cook the chiles, the heat goes down a lot, but the spicy and slightly smoky flavor remains, giving a boost of flavor to your dish.

chiles poblanos preparados de diferentes formas

How to use poblano peppers?

  • Raw. You can put them in a tomatillo sauce instead of jalapeno peppers.
  • Roasted. This is the most common way you find poblano peppers in recipes. There are two ways to grill or roast them, the first is on the stove and the second in the oven. Either way you decide to cook them, leave them until they are completely roasted and evenly charred.
  • Rajas. The other way, also quite common, is to cut them in half and fill them, then cook. Or also cut them into slices and then cook them in a stew, in a soup or make rajas with cream.

To sweat or not to sweat?

What is sweating a poblano pepper? To sweat a poblano pepper is to put it in a plastic or silicone bag just after roasting it so that the burned peel is easier to remove. You can also put it in a glass or ceramic bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. This releases steam, which in turn makes the pepper easier to peel.

To peel it, you can scrape the skin off with a knife or wash it under running water. If you don’t want to peel it, don’t, the burnt flavor of the chili is very rich. Personally, I do not peel my poblano peppers after cooking them.


The ancho chili is a dry ripe poblano chili. When the poblano peppers mature, they turn almost completely red. When they get to this point they dry them to become ancho peppers.

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