When I first arrived to Albuquerque in 2016, the craft beer industry was booming. We had some pretty established brewers in the state, but new and really good breweries were popping up everywhere.
Up until I moved to Albuquerque, I thought Blue Moon and Stella were some fine beers for special occasions. Now that I have been exposed to a variety of truly high quality craft beer, I am an IPA girl, through and through.
Every Friday after work, I meet my soon-to-be husband at a new local brewery in Albuquerque. It’s become a tradition of sorts. And with more than 67 local breweries and more tap rooms, we have no shortage of options!
This past Friday, we stopped by B2B2 Barrio in Uptown Albuquerque, and I was delighted to find they had 48 local New Mexican beers on tap AND it was happy hour, so those beers were only $3! Their Uptown location features “Taps ‘N Tacos”, and although we weren’t planning on eating there, their taco menu called out to me.
The most noteworthy item on their menu (in my opinion) was their chile relleno tacos.
Yep, chile. relleno. tacos.
Have you ever heard of such a thing? I certainly hadn’t. But when I thought of a chile relleno on a taco, life just made more sense.
So we ordered the chile relleno taco, and they was absolutely delicious. They had the perfect crunch on the outside of the relleno, with melted creamy cheese on the inside. And a little bit of that New Mexican green chile heat. They were served on mini corn tortillas and topped with grilled corn, chopped cabbage, and jicama slices.
So. So. Good.
Which is why, 2 days later, I had to re-create a similar chile relleno taco in my own kitchen! And share it with you, of course, because I really want you to be able to enjoy this life-changing taco.
Chile Relleno Tacos
These beauties require some prep work, but are totally worth it.
You want to prep the toppings and filling first. Peel and cut up one carrot. Thinly slice 1/2 cup of red cabbage. Pick off several cilantro leaves and wash. Shred 1.5 cups of monterey jack cheese. Combine sour cream with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
To prepare the chile rellenos, you’ll take a whole green chile pepper that has been seeded and had the stem removed, and cut it in half.
Sprinkle on a little cheese, and roll the chiles up like a burrito.
Add some flour to a bowl and season with salt.
In another bowl, add 3 egg whites and mix with an electric mixer until soft peaks appear. Add 3 egg yolks, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/2 tsp salt, and beat until fully incorporated.
Heat 3 – 4″ of vegetable oil in a sturdy pot until temp reaches 350 degrees.
Dip the rolled chiles into the flour mixture, then dip them into the egg batter, covering them completely. Carefully drop the battered chile rellenos into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Be careful not to place too many rellenos in the pan at once. Only cook about 3 – 4 at a time, depending on the size of your pan.
Once golden brown, remove chile rellenos from oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat until all rellenos are cooked.
To Assemble the Chile Relleno Tacos
Warm up street tacos corn tortillas for 30 seconds in the microwave. Place a relleno in the middle and top with shredded red cabbage, matchstick carrots, a lime sour cream sauce, and cilantro leaves. Garnish with sliced limes.
This recipe is quite involved for a taco, but totally worth it! They deliver a beautiful presentation and enormous and balanced flavor for a tiny taco. With each bite you get a satisfying mouthful of spiciness, crunch, salty, and tang.
Printable Recipe – Chile Relleno Tacos
Chile Relleno Tacos
A crisp and spicy chile relleno served on top of a corn tortilla and topped with sliced red cabbage, matchstick carrots, lime sour cream, and cilantro.
- 1 carrot cut into matchsticks
- 1/2 cup red cabbage thinly sliced
- 1.5 cups monterey jack cheese shredded
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1/2 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 whole green chiles seeded and stems removed
- 3 eggs separated
- 3/4 cup flour divided
- vegetable oil
- 12 street taco corn tortillas
Prep the toppings: peel and cut one carrot into matchstick size. Thinly slice 1/2 cup of red cabbage. Tear off 10 – 15 washed cilantro leaves. Shred 1.5 cups of monterey jack cheese.
Combine sour cream with a squeeze of lime juice. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and stir well. Set aside.
Remove the stem and seeds from 6 whole green chiles. Cut the chile in half, and lay the chile down flat. Place cheese in the middle of the pepper and roll green chile around the cheese into a burrito.
Crack eggs and separate yolks from egg whites. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg whites until soft peaks appear. Add in egg yolks, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/2 tsp salt. Continue beating until well mixed.
In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup of flour with 1/4 tsp salt.
Heat 4″ of vegetable oil in a small pot at 350 degrees.
Coat the rolled green chile with flour. Dip the floured rolled chiles in the egg batter until completely covered. Transfer to hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp, turning occasionally. Place on plate lined with paper towel and cover with foil until read to plate.
Warm corn tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds. Place one chile relleno on each corn tortilla and top with shredded cabbage, matchstick carrots, cilantro, and drizzle with sour cream mixture.
Pin it – Chile Relleno Tacos
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