This deconstructed version of a chile relleno turned sandwich packs some heat and an ooey-gooey filling. We like the flavor of sourdough, but any kind of bread will work well. Serve with: Coleslaw and sliced pineapple. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place peppers in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Let stand, covered, until cool enough to handle.

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  • Meanwhile, combine beans, salsa and salt in a medium bowl. Mash the beans with a fork until they begin to form a paste (some can remain whole). Combine cheese, yogurt, scallions and cilantro in a small bowl.

  • When the peppers are cool enough to handle, slice each one in half lengthwise and remove the stem and seeds.

  • Heat a panini maker to high. (No panini maker? See Stovetop Variation, below.)

  • Spread 1/3 cup of the bean mixture on each of 4 slices of bread. Top with a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture. Place 2 pepper halves over the cheese. Cover with the remaining slices of bread.

  • Grill the sandwiches in the panini maker until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Cut in half and serve immediately.

  • Stovetop Variation: Place four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) by the stove. Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 sandwiches in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the sandwiches, then weight it down with the cans. Cook the sandwiches until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the sandwiches, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining 2 sandwiches.

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Note: Dark green poblano peppers, smaller than a bell pepper but larger than a jalapeño, can be fiery or relatively mild; there's no way to tell until you taste them. Find them near other fresh peppers at most large supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

415 calories; total fat 5.6g 9% DV; saturated fat 2.8g; cholesterol 13mg 4% DV; sodium 783mg 31% DV; potassium 305mg 9% DV; carbohydrates 69.8g 23% DV; fiber 9.2g 37% DV; sugar 6g; protein 19.3g 39% DV; exchange other carbs 5; vitamin a iu 756IU; vitamin c 98mg; folate 157mcg; calcium 143mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 21mg; thiamin 1mg.

Reviews (23)

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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2017
Oh so good! I roasted my Poblano peppers in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. They peeled very easy. I rinsed the canned beans. Those are the only changes I made. The salsa I used was Arriba "Hot." It really gives a bite. (If you have family members who do not like spicy food they won't like this.) I will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2017
the recipe is great i will try but i would asl you if this recipe like this Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2013
We made a few modifications based on what was on hand and this recipe was still great! Normally I'm against reviewing a recipe after you've changed it but this is a great recipe to use what you have available. We used chipotle chilis in adobo sauce and lemon yogurt (which was not very sweet). It was great! I look forward to trying it with the poblanos next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2012
Loved it! My whole family loved this! I will make it again and pass it along! Very simple to make fast and cheap as well. Pros: Different and healthy Cons: Can have a tiny spice for children Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2012
I used jalapeno peppers as well as the poblano peppers. I also made my own salsa which is very fiery and Greek yogurt. I added a little cumin and smoked paprika an used a little more cilantro than called for and these sandwiches where great. I will be making these again. Pros: supper easy an fast it toke no time at all to make these Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2012
DELICIOUS!! Used jalapenos and greek yogurt. AMAZING! Pros: great flavor fun to add twist simple on hand ingredients Cons: none! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/12/2012
Good but bland... The recipe came out pretty well but it was rather bland. My boyfriend suggested whipping up some guacamole to give it a little more flavor and spice. The guac really made the sandwich. Might make this again but probably not often. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2012
delicious easy and unique I char the peppers either on the grill or in the broiler then put them in a paper bag till cooled. Everything can be made ahead so at dinner all I have to do is assemble the sandwich in the pan and cook them. My family loves the flavor crusty sourdough bread is best. Pros: do first three steps ahead of time to make a quick dinner Cons: can be messy to flip Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2012
My Go To Favorite! If you love mexican food this is a must try! My husband loves these. The combination of flavors and textures it different but worth it in the end. Kind of messy to assemple with the pepper (they can take some time and effort) but the end result is well worth it. I did a few tweaks to make it simpler for myself using refried beens and adding the salsa is quicker than smashing the beans fyi. Enjoy we do! Pros: Great flavor fairly simple to assemble. Cons: Kind of time consuming and messy but worth it! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/02/2012
Must drain the beans! I will make this recipe again but with several adjustments. First I read and re-read but nothing said to drain the can of beans...and I didn't play it safe by draining and reserving the liquid. By not draining the mixture it was far too soft to press successfully. Also other reviewers are right you need to add some spice I chose cumin & chili powder - that helped improve the taste a lot. I also cut the cilantro in half & it still had plenty of flavor. Finally I roasted the poblano peppers instead of microwaving them...it was just a little longer and next to no additional cleanup. Pros: Creative & healthy sandwich Cons: Weak directions don't specify to drain the pinto beans first Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Delicious! But... to give this recipe a kick I added Jalapeno Peppers (instead of Pablano Peppers). The sweet and tangy taste of the Jalapeno Peppers gave this sandwich what I needed. Enjoy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Amazing sandwich! I also roasted the peppers over my gas range with some tongs to add a smoky flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great sandwich! My "I don't like to try new things" husband loved it. To add a little more zing I added a few thinly sliced red onions. I also used superfinely shredded mexican chesse blend (4 different cheeses). Absolutely amazing how cheesy it is with so little cheese. Ingredients for this will definately be on hand for a fast and quick meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Awesome dinner sandwich--totally delicious satisfying and filling. We tried with sourdough bread as suggested but I bet the filling would be great wrapped inside a tortilla and grilled like a quesadilla. I wonder if it would be as good with some kind of whole-grain bread? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really liked to sammy but was not a hit with the rest of the family. The second time I made it I roasted to peppers in the oven and got a much better pepper than the microwave. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really like this sandwich but added extra salsa to it to give it a little more flavor. Can't wait to make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved it great flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It hurt me to give this a 3 rating because I wanted to LOVE this sandwich; it had so much promise. It is good but with a little tweaking it will be great! I think the weak spot is the pinto bean mixture; it needs more flavor. I wanted them to taste more like spicy refried beans and I'll keep tweaking until I get the taste I want. Then I think this will be a sensational recipe! The recipe didn't say to drain the beans but thankfully I did or they would have been too runny. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Fantastic! After reading other reviews I added 1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/2 tsp of chile powder to the bean mixture. I also broiled the peppers to give them more flavor. The sandwiches turned out super delicious and I will be making them on a regular basis. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Didn't live up to expectations I really wanted to love this recipe but found that the finished sandwich was too dry for my taste and a little on the bland side. Microwaving didn't seem to bring the best flavor out of the poblanos and as a previous reviewer suggested oven roasting or char broiling would probably provide more flavor. Bottom line - this sandwich needs more cheese (or more of the cheese/yogurt mix). Pros: Very quick to prepare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good Start but Needed Tweaking Instead of mashing pinto beans with salsa I used a can of Rosarita Zesty Salsa refried beans. After microwaving the chiles 1.5 minutes I halved and seeded them and charred them on the grill. I replaced the scallions with a red onion chopped and sauted in a little olive oil. I skipped the yogurt used extra cilantro and just layered everything on one side of a flour tortilla folded it in half and grilled it on my George Foreman contact grill. The result was a cross between a quesadilla burrito & chile relleno -- delicious! Next time I'll try chunky salsa as a dipping sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! I loved this sandwich! After reading other reviews I decided to add a bit more spice to the recipe. It really worked! I roasted the peppers in the oven under the broiler then let them cool in a brown paper bag. I peeled the skin off the peppers sliced them in half and seeded them. I added a 1/2 tsp of cumin and chile powder to the pinto beans and also a couple of dahes of Frank's Red Hot Sauce. After grilling the sandwich I added some avocado.... YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wonderful! I added 1/2 tbs of cumin to the beans as some of the other reviews suggested I also made more of the Yogurt-cheese sauce there just didn't seem to be enough. The sandwich turned out delicious! It was a mexican grilled cheese. Read More