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Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake

Low-Carb Vegetarian Chili Rellenos Bake is just as delicious as the Chile Rellenos you get in a restaurant but this easy version is low-carb, low-glycemic, and gluten-free! Use Casserole Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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This recipe for Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake is a healthier and easier-to-make version of Chile Rellenos, a well-known Mexican dish of stuffed, battered and deep-fried green chiles filled with cheese. The recipe came from my former neighbor Brooke, who shared it with me after I tasted her version at a neighborhood block party. I changed the recipe slightly to make it a bit more carb-conscious and South Beach Diet friendly, but essentially this idea of layered green chiles and cheese held together with a little egg came from Brooke’s recipe, so thanks Brooke!

I’ve enjoyed this Low-Carb Chile Rellenos Bake many times for a breakfast dish, but you can also cut it into small squares and serve with toothpicks for a holiday appetizer. And this is so perfect to make on the weekend and eat for breakfast for a few days during the week; enjoy!

You can find lots more meatless recipe ideas in the Recipes-by-Photo Index for Meatless Monday, or find them by checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index.  I also have a very active Meatless Monday Pinterest board with ideas from blogging friends.

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You’ll need a big can of whole green Anaheim chiles like this one to make this recipe, and I’m sorry if this ingredient is hard to find in some places. In Utah I can find them at most every grocery store, and also in Mexican markets. You can buy whole green chiles at Amazon.com, although I’m sure they’re more expensive that way.  Of course you can roast your own green chiles for the dish as well, and you could probably make a slightly different version of this using other types of roasted peppers.

Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake found on KalynsKitchen.com

Drain the chiles well then split them open and remove any seeds.  Lay chiles on paper towels and blot dry.  I like to stack them up in two piles so I can make the layers even.  Make half of the chiles into a layer in a casserole dish that’s about 9″x13″ or close to that size.

Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake found on KalynsKitchen.com

Top the green chiles with a generous amount of cheese and sprinkle on green onions if you’re using them, then make a second layer of chiles and cheese.  Then beat eggs, mix in the milk and spices, whisk together, and pour the egg mixture over the top.

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Bake about 40 minutes (covered with foil for the first 15 minutes), or until the mixture is set and the top is lightly browned.

Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Recipes with Delicious Roasted Green Chiles:

Vegetarian Green Chile and Pinto Bean Layered Mexican Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Creamy Green Chile Soup ~ Lauren’s Latest
Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Vegetarian Chili with Fresh Roasted Chiles ~ White on Rice Couple
Bobbi’s Low-Carb Breakfast Casserole with Eggs, Cheese, and Green Chiles ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake

This easy version of Chile Rellenos is just as delicious as the chile rellenos you get in a restaurant.


  • 1 26 oz. can roasted and peeled green chiles (or use about 24 roasted and peeled green chiles.)
  • 4 cups grated cheese (I used 4-Cheese Mexican blend from Costco, which is a blend of Monterey Jack, medium cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, and Asadero cheese)
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced green onions (optional)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or half and half or cream
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chile powder


  1. Put green chiles in a colander placed in the sink and let drain for about 15 minutes.
  2. While chiles drain, preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  3. Spray glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray or olive oil. (I used a 9″ X 13″ dish, but anything close to that size will work.)
  4. When chiles are drained, use your thumb to split open each chile, scrape out any lingering seeds, and spread chiles out on a paper towel to drain more, pressing down with another towel to get them as dry as you can.  (I like to make 2 piles after I do this to get the layers even.)
  5. Make a flat layer of chiles covering the bottom of the dish. (I alternated every other chile facing the opposite way because they’re slightly v-shaped.)
  6. Top the layer of chiles with half the grated cheese, then sprinkle on green onions (if using).
  7. Make another layer of flattened chiles, followed by the rest of the cheese.
  8. Put eggs into a bowl and beat well, then add milk, ground cumin, and chile powder, and stir until well combined.
  9. Pour egg-milk mixture over chiles and cheese, taking care to get it evenly distributed. (The egg-milk mixture will not completely cover the casserole.)
  10. Cover dish with foil for the first 15 minutes of baking time, then remove foil and bake until mixture is bubbling and cheese on top is lightly browned, about 40 minutes total baking time.
  11. You can cook it without the foil, but watch it carefully or the top will get too brown.  Cooking time without foil will be slightly less.
  12. Serve hot, with sour cream and salsa if desired.
  13. This will keep in the fridge for a few days, but you probably won’t have any leftovers.

This recipe from Brooke with slight adaptations by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake is good for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any type of low-carb eating plan. South Beach would recommend low-fat dairy products while other low-carb eating plans would use full-fat dairy.

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78 comments on “Low-Carb Vegetarian Chile Rellenos Bake”

  1. Made this for the first time last week and it was a huge succes at work and I have already shared the recipe. Followed the instructions to a T. I’ll be making it again for my family this weekend. Thanks for posting

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  3. My husband loves this dish, and we like to add Tabasco chipotle on top, it is amazing. Asked my husband what he wanted on the menu this week and he wants this again, about the 5th time I’ll have made it! Thank for this delicious recipe that keeps us on our keto diet.

  4. Can I add sausage to this recipe? If so how would I go about it.

    • I think sausage would be delicious, in fact I think I will try that myself. I’d brown the sausage in a frying pan, then add the cooked sausage over the green chiles, before you put the cheese on! Love to hear how it works!

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  6. Made this last night. What a winner. Will be making again for sure. And you are right… No leftovers. Everyone who was here asked for the recipe.

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