Rajas Poblanas

This creamy, smoky filling of roasted poblano chiles and charred onions will make your vegetarian—and carnivorous—friends happy.


Makes 6 servings

2 pounds fresh large poblano chiles

1 onion, quartered, cut crosswise into 1/4″ slices

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican

3/4 cup crème fraiîhe or sour cream

1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack

Kosher salt

Ingredient info: Fresh poblano chiles are available at specialty foods stores, Latin markets, and some supermarkets.

  1. Step 1

    Preheat broiler, build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. If broiling, place chiles on a rimmed baking sheet. If grilling, put chiles directly on grill grate. Roast, turning occasionally, until tender and nicely charred all over, 15-20 minutes.

    Step 2

    Transfer chiles to a large bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 15 minutes. Peel chiles. Halve lengthwise; discard seeds. Cut crosswise into 1/4″ strips.

    Step 3

    Heat a large dry heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until beginning to char, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add oregano and 1 cup water; simmer until onion is tender and water has evaporated, 5-7 minutes.

    Step 4

    Add chiles; cook until flavors meld, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in crème fraiîhe and cheese. Add water by tablespoonfuls if mixture is too dry. Season to taste with salt.

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