Chile Relleno Casserole Recipe

I love a good cheesy Mexican dish, but they can be high on the calorie scale. Here’s a healthy version of a classic my Grams made growing up – Chile Rellenos. Instead of stuffing them with cheese and frying them, I made a casserole with some hidden veggies and creaminess from greek yogurt.

healthy chili relleno recipe with greek yogurt

Last night I made a stir-fry with brown rice. Does anyone else make 18 cups every time they cook it? So, I always end up racking my brain to think of what I can do with the extra rice. Luckily, I thought up this recipe and was able to use it up!

what to do with leftover brown rice

This is a Mexican Meatless Monday Recipe too! It’s just not Monday, lucky us.

chili relleno casserole recipe

Chile Relleno Casserole Recipe

{Vegetarian, Gluten free}


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 can corn, drained (no salt added)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced green chile
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, nonfat
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded SHARP cheddar – sharper cheese gives you more flavor so you can use less
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Chop onion and bell pepper. Cook until soft, season with garlic powder.

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Mix rice, corn and green chile in a big bowl.

green chili in a can

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Add bell pepper and onion mix. Combine.

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Add eggs, yogurt and half the shredded cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Combine.

chili relleno meatless meal recipe

Place in 8×8 sprayed baking pan. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until set.

healthy mexican recipe for green chili casserole


healthy mexican recipe for green chili casserole


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Question: Did your Grams or Gramps cook for you growing up? What was your favorite thing she/he made?


  1. says

    My grandma makes the best crab imperial ever. It’s not the greatest for you, but it’s a good thing that she only makes it on Christmas.

  2. Sarah says

    My grandma used to make meatloaf with a hard boiled egg hidden in the middle. I’m not sure what the deal was with the extra egg but it was fun to cut into.

    Then there was the time she hid the meat-juice soaker-upper paper from the ground beef in the middle. That was not as much fun to cut into.

  3. says

    Looks delicious – I think it would even be good with some shredded chicken!
    My grandma was a great cook. My favorite thing was her fresh green bean with new potatoes and bacon – so good!!

  4. Melanie Riojas says

    This made me laugh. You are really something else. Are you sure you’re Mexican because I am pretty sure the word is “chiles” NOT chili. Even the can from Trader Joe says “chile”. Oh and by the way, this is NOT a recipe for chiles rellenos because there are no stuffed chiles in here.

  5. says

    That looks delicious! On a scale of 1-10, how spicy is it (with 10 being so-hot-my-mouth-is-on-fire-thinking-about-it)?

    My grandmother makes creamed potatoes that are just SO GOOD! I’ve never tried to recreate it, but one of these days I will.

  6. says

    First time I’m hearing about this – don’t think I k now of anyone (at least over here) using rice for a casserole. Cool idea! Usually we just make fried rice or porridge/gruel with leftover rice.

  7. says

    My grandma was a lazy bumpkin and any time we visited her we ate KFC… it was always on nights when my mom was out golfing so it was basically my dads treat for visiting the g-ma haha

  8. Kathleen says

    My grandmother made the best cookies – oatmeal banana cookies with a pecan on top and sugar cookies filled with homemade jam. Oh, the memories come flooding back. Miss you grandma.

  9. april says

    yum, i love this chile relleno inspired dish! it looks so yummy and easy to make. i always have tons of leftover brown rice and quinoa when i make it, too! i blame the rice cooker 😉

    my grandma makes the BEST apple pie and potato salad. i could live off those two dishes for the rest of my life!

  10. Doni says

    Both my grandmas made “creative” (i.e. disgusting) things. (green jello with cottage cheese, pineapple, and mayonnaise? blech.) We ate a lot of KFC at one house, and pancakes (with fresh honey from her bees) at the other.

    I will definitely be making your chile relleno. Looks amazing. And my gluten sensitive MIL can even eat it.

  11. Nicole says

    My Grandma on my Mom’s side used to bake and cook everything from scratch. She would even make her own jams and jellies. I remember being on her farm and there would be loaves of homemade white bread which we’d slather with butter (from their dairy cows) and/or spoonfuls of jelly. I loved her Strawberry Jelly!

  12. Sarah says

    I made this last night–with just a few changes–and it was WONDERFUL! My changes were creamed style corn for regular (thought I had a can of regular but didn’t) and I added a few tablespoons of TJ’s Corn Salsa (our favorite TJ’s salsa). I really like that this is a casserole recipe that doesn’t use a can of cream soup! I will be making this again! Thanks Monica!

  13. says

    My grandmother on my dad’s side (we used to call her “Mamita” ha ha) used to cook us arroz con pollo. I’ve had many versions, but not were as good as hers. On Mom’s side, my other grandmother (Mimi) was a fabulous baker, handing down the secret apple and pecan recipies from the deep South. Your post sparked memories. I miss them both.

  14. says

    My grams is Amish Mennonite and whenever she would have the family over she was always serving green beans and mashed potatoes with some kind of meat… but it is her baking that I always looked forward to: cookies and pies, oh my!!

  15. Elizabeth says

    making this for dinner tonight. Chile rellenos are a fav of mine, you know the ones drowned in oil. Glad this is a healthier version. Using chiles poblanos as my store was out of green peppers?!

  16. Christine says

    I made this for dinner last night and I loved it! My husband was pretty skeptical about it when I told him what I was making, but he ended up loving it as well. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. MPaula says

    I make a casserole that I call mock pizza. It has a layer of cooked rice on the bottom, then a layer of cooked vegetables, a layer of tomato sauce and shredded cheese. I made it to use up cooked rice and cooked vegetables. My father loved it so much that it became his contribution to pot luck dinners.
    My grandmother made all kinds of preserves, any of which I was happy to eat. She also made fruit cake and I wish she were still around to make it. (I have no idea why some people hate fruitcake.) She made wedding cakes with the fruit cake and was in great demand.

  18. Kristin W says

    Made this for dinner tonight and everyone (even the kind of picky 5 year old) slurped it right up. So delicious! Thanks for a great recipe.

  19. Smitty says

    I know the post is old, but I was searching for an easy recipe to use up some cooked chicken and this one caught my eye. I used chicken instead of rice and added Mexican tomato sauce before the cheese! Wow! I think the big difference is the greek yogurt. It really made it creamy.
    Thanks so much for a great recipe! I will try it meatless when I have extra rice on hand:)

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