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Rajas Recipe (Roasted Poblano Strips in Cream Sauce)

This rajas recipe also known as “rajas con crema y queso” consists of roasted poblano strips in a delicious cream sauce. Rajas con crema is a great dish to make on a busy weeknight. It doesn’t involve much prep work and it can be ready and on the table in less than one hour! Serve it with a side of Mexican rice to make it a complete meal.

A tortilla with rajas con crema on a blue plate.

Rajas are one of our favorite meals. It’s very easy to prepare and it’s so flavorful.

Plus there’s no meat! Which makes it a perfect meal for a meatless Monday.

If you’re looking for other ways to use poblano peppers check out my recipes for green spaghetti and ground beef stuffed poblano peppers.

Ingredients needed

Here’s what you’ll need to make this yummy rajas recipe:

  • poblano peppers
  • white onion (sliced)
  • garlic
  • half and half
  • mozzarella cheese
  • salted butter
  • salt
  • black pepper

How to make this rajas recipe

Wash and dry the poblano peppers. Then put them on a foil lined baking sheet.

Six poblano peppers on a foil lined baking sheet.

In order to make the rajas first we have to blacken the poblanos under the broiler just like we do when making chiles rellenos.

Put the baking sheet with the peppers under the broiler for ten minutes. Then take out the baking sheet and flip over the peppers. Return to the broiler for another 10 minutes.

charred poblanos

Once blackened transfer them to a plastic bag which will allow them to sweat thus making the peeling process easier.

Let them sweat for about 20 minutes.

Carefully peel the charred skin from the peppers.

Peeled poblano peppers

Next, one pepper at a time remove the stem. Then open the peppers and scoop out the seeds. I like using a spoon for this. Discard both the seeds and stem.

Seeds removed from poblano pepper.

Cut the poblano peppers into strips. You’ll also need to mince the garlic. I however prefer to use my garlic press. It’s much faster.

Roasted poblano strips, sliced onion and garlic cloves.

Heat up the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is hot add the sliced onion and season with salt and black pepper.

Let the onion cook for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Then add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

Sliced onion in a skillet.

Next, add the rajas (poblano strips) to the skillet.

Rajas and onion in a skillet.

Now it’s time to add the half and half. Let it warm up for a minute or two then add the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Stir and cook for about 5 or so minutes until the cheese has melted.

Taste for salt and add more if you think it needs it.

The roasted poblano strips in cream is now ready to serve!

Rajas con crema y queso in a skillet.

What to serve with rajas con crema?

There are many different options. Rajas are a great side to go along with carne asada. It’s also good in gorditas or even with something simple like these Mexican pinto beans and warm corn tortillas.

We love to serve ours as tacos de rajas. Which means we just spoon the rajas and cream mixture on warm corn tortillas and fold like a taco. However you serve them they will be delicious!

Variations on rajas poblanas

There are many different ways to make this recipe. Instead of half and half you can use heavy cream or media crema (table cream).

Instead of mozzarella cheese you could use Monterrey jack which is also really delicious!

Some people like to add a small can of corn to their rajas. I say experiment with this recipe and make it your own!

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Rajas con crema recipe

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Tacos de rajas on a blue plate.
Rajas con crema y queso in a skillet.
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Rajas Recipe

This delicious rajas recipe consists of roasted poblano strips in a flavorful cream sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword rajas con crema, rajas con crema y queso, rajas recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 241 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 6 poblano peppers
  • 1 white onion small and cut into strips
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbs salted butter
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the poblanos. Then put them on a foil lined baking sheet.

  2. Put the baking sheet with the peppers under the broiler for ten minutes. Then take out the baking sheet and flip over the peppers. Return to the broiler for another 10 minutes. 

  3. Transfer the blackened peppers to a plastic bag to sweat for about 20 minutes.

  4. Carefully peel the charred skin from the peppers.

  5. One pepper at a time remove the stem. Then open the peppers and scoop out the seeds.

  6. Cut the poblano peppers into strips.

  7. Heat up the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

  8. Once the butter is hot add the sliced onion and season with salt and pepper.

  9. Let the onion cook for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Then add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

  10. Next add the strips of poblano peppers to the skillet.

  11. Add the half and half and let it warm up for a minute or two.

  12. Then add the shredded mozzarella cheese.

  13. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

  14. Taste for salt and add more if needed.

  15. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Rajas Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 456mg13%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1192IU24%
Vitamin C 147mg178%
Calcium 199mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This was so good. Thank you for posting. We will definitely have it again.

Carissa

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I'm so glad you enjoyed it, It's one of my favorites!

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