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Rajas con Crema y Queso Recipe

Rajas con Crema y Queso

Poblano peppers, onion, cream and cheese come together to make an incredible meatless Mexican dish. Rajas con crema y queso is great to make on a busy weeknight. It doesn’t involve much prep work and can be on the table in less than an hour.

rajas con crema

Hello everyone! I’m super excited to share this delicious and simple recipe for rajas con crema y queso with you all today!

Rajas con crema y queso is spanish for strips with cream and cheese. It sounds a little strange in english but it is a very yummy dish and it’s perfect for meatless Mondays!

The rajas or strips consist of poblano peppers and white onion.

The other day when I made pastel de tres leches I had some heavy cream left over. I hate letting ingredients go to waste so I started thinking about what I could make with the rest.

Suddenly rajas con crema came to mind and I couldn’t wait to make them cause it had been so long since I last had them.

How to Make Rajas con Crema y Queso

In order to make the rajas first you have to blacken the poblanos under the broiler just like we do when making chiles rellenos. Blackening the peppers gives them a wonderful flavor and allows us to peel the skin off them easily.

5 poblano peppers

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 before peeling.

After peeling the blackened skin off open them and do your best to scoop out all of the seeds.

You can use a spoon, your hands or even a paper towel to get the seeds out. Use which ever method you find easiest.

blackened poblano pepper

Once that is done carefully slice the peppers into 2 inch trips. Don’t make them too thick or thin.

Then slice one small onion into slices. Also mince one garlic clove. The garlic is optional but I love garlic so I use it.

Heat up one tablespoon of butter and one tbs olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted and hot add the sliced onions.

Let the onions cook until they are to your desired texture. This shouldn’t take longer than about 5 minutes.

I like my onions to have a bit of crunch in them still since the peppers will be soft. It’s good for this dish to have this difference in texture.

Add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Let cook for about a minute then add the sliced poblano peppers.

Now add the heavy cream and let it heat up. Then add some grated monterrey jack cheese.

The cheese helps to thicken up the dish and makes it even more delicious. After the cheese is nicely melted the dish will be ready to serve.

rajas con crema y queso

Rajas con Crema y Queso

The rajas are delicious served on their own with tortillas or you can serve it along side some delicious Mexican rice and beans.

Serving with rice or beans is a great idea because it helps to stretch out the meal.

This meal is a hit among both meat eaters and non meat eaters!

I hope you will give this recipe a try. If you do let me know what you think in the comments below thanks!

rajas con crema
4.67 from 3 votes

Rajas con Crema y Queso

Rajas con crema y queso is a delicious Mexican recipe. It's meatless so it's great for meatless mondays!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword meatless monday, mexican recipes, poblano peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 219 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 5 poblano peppers
  • 1 white onion small and cut into strips
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup monterrey jack cheese (grated)
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Turn on the broiler. Place poblano peppers on a baking sheet and blacken under the broiler for 10 minutes. Remove peppers from oven and turn them over. Return to broiler for 10 more minutes.

  2. Transfer peppers to a plastic bag to sweat for 20 minutes.

  3. Peel the blackened skin off the peppers. Carefully remove the seeds. Cut peppers into 2 inch strips. (not too thick or thin)

  4. Heat up butter and oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted  add the sliced onions. Let cook for about 5 minutes stirring often until they are your desired texture.

  5. Add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste. Let cook for about a minute.

  6. Add the sliced poblano peppers. Then add the heavy cream and let it warm up. Then add the grated cheese. Continue to cook and stir until the cheese has melted.

  7. Serve. Refrigerate any leftovers after they have cooled.

Nutrition Facts
Rajas con Crema y Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 137mg6%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1005IU20%
Vitamin C 121.9mg148%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* 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.


Sunday 6th of December 2020

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

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