Tita's Chile Relleno Recipe

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Tita is the name my mom gave herself when my son was born. Her real name is Terri and grandma wasn’t the endearing name she wanted to wear.

Growing up my mom was very busy working to provide the best life possible for my brother and I. She was the bread winner and my step-dad was the stay at home care taker for a good portion of my childhood.

Because my mom spent long hours away working either in the intensive care nursery or doing legal work at a law office, she wasn’t home often to cook.

The one thing that I remember growing up eating that my mom would cook was chile rellenos.

They were such a treat!

Chile rellenos translates to stuffed chile and that’s exactly what it is.

I grew up on the Mexico/Texas border so Mexican food is my comfort food.

Recently, when visiting my mom she surprised me by making this version of chile rellenos that I could eat! Since I don’t eat dairy or gluten any more I haven’t been able to eat them in years.

I wanted to share this recipe with you. I think you will enjoy them whether Mexican food is your soul food, like me. Or you just want to try a “paleo” version of this Mexican delicacy.

Enjoy!

Tita’s Paleo Chile Rellenos

Ingredients

  • 12 long green chiles; roasted & peeled

  • Dairy free cheddar (I like Violife)

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 8 pasture raised eggs

  • organic sunflower oil or other high heat oil of your choice

Directions

  1. Prepare the green chiles. Remove the seeds if you don’t like them hot.

  2. Split the chile on the side half way down.

  3. Stuff with slices of cheese and then fold sides over to seal the cheese inside.

  4. Mix dry ingredients

  5. Heat oil in pan

  6. Divide eggs; place yolks in separate bowl.

  7. Whip egg whites until stiff

  8. Mix egg yolks then slowly fold egg yolks into the whites

  9. Roll the green chiles in the almond flour and then coat with the egg mixture.

  10. Place in high heated oil. Allow to brown then turn.

  11. Remove when both sides have browned and place on a paper towel to soak up additional oil.

  12. Enjoy! In our family we eat them like this but some people make a tomato sauce to pour on top.

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