Stuffed Poblano Chiles in White Rice

Inexpensive staples like rice and frozen corn make this an exotic and cost-effective meatless meal or party side dish.


  • 8 small poblano chiles
  • 1⁄2 small white onion
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 pound mild shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups chicken broth or water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen corn


  • Place the poblano chiles on any non-stick comal on high heat and roast until the chile skin is completely and evenly blistered. Turn the chiles on a regular basis to create even blistering. Do not char the chiles. Place chiles in plastic or paper bag for 10-15 minutes. Peel away the black skin. Make a cut lengthwise on your chile and take out the seeds and veins. Stuff with cheese.
  • Using a blender, pureé the chicken broth, onion and garlic. Strain and set aside. On medium heat, add the rice. Stir regularly for 3 minutes until the rice grains are white on the inside and transparent on the outside. Add the chicken broth mixture. Add salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Nestle the stuffed chiles into the cooking rice with the seam side up. Sprinkle in the corn and cover. Reduce heat to low, cover, and continue cooking for 20 to 25 minutes or until the liquid evaporates.
  • Do not uncover the rice for at least 15 minutes or it will not cook properly.