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24 August 2018

A recipe for earthy poblano peppers that have been roasted and stuffed with cream cheese and white cheddar cheese along with a mixture of seasonings, then grilled or baked until the insides are nice and gooey. One of my favorite stuffed pepper recipes. 

The whole world needs more cream cheese stuffed poblano peppers, those earthy, grillable, tasty, awesome chili peppers that are the perfect vessels for many a delicious stuffing.

Patty was in the mood for something a little decadent and the first thing that popped into my mind was cream cheese.

Cream cheese? Really? I have no idea why. There are so many decadent options around. Decadence abounds! But once the cream cheese train started rolling, I couldn’t get off, so the idea snowballed into the recipe you see below.

Cooking Options

You can either GRILL or BAKE these stuffed poblano peppers. You can also roast them however you’d like, either on the grill, in the oven, or over an open flame, as I have done in the video. Any way will work, though.


I have instructions below for grilling the poblanos, but I’ve also written up more detailed instructions here – How to Grill Poblano Peppers – for your reference if you have further questions. Grilling your poblano peppers allows you to peel off the skins, and it softens up the peppers, reducing the sugars and amino acids within, bringing out entirely new flavors.

Seriously, there is something transcendent about a roasted chili pepper that you’ll never get anywhere else.

How to Make Cream Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers – The Recipe Method

Once you grill or roast the pepper and peel off the skin, get your cream cheese mixture all up inside that crazy grilled poblano and either toss it back on the grill for the cheeses to melt, or pop it in the oven, per below.

If you don’t feel like grilling – or maybe it’s just too cold outside if you’re finding this recipe in the winter – try roasting them in the oven instead. See How to Roast Peppers or How to Roast Poblano Peppers.

Or Roast them over an open flame. Instructions on that below.

How to Roast and Peel Poblano Peppers In the Oven

How to Roast Poblano Peppers

ONE: First, set your oven to broil. Slice the poblano peppers in half lengthwise and set them onto a lightly oiled baking sheet. Olive oil is good, or use a spray oil.

TWO: Broil them for about 10-15 minutes, or until the skins puff up and char and loosen from the pepper flesh. Flip them halfway through the process to get both sides.

Remove them from the oven and let them cool enough to handle.

THREE: Peel off the skins with your fingers. They should remove easily.

Ready for stuffing!

How to Roast  Poblano Peppers Over an Open Flame

Flame Roasting a Poblano Pepper
Flame Roasting a Poblano Pepper

Flame roasting your poblano peppers is the fastest method. Just get a flame going and set the poblano pepper over it. Let the skin char and blacken.

Flip it every minute or so in order to get all the skin. When it is charred enough, remove it from the flame and let it cool enough to handle.

You can place it into a paper or plastic bag and seal it to let the steam loosen the skins if you need to. Peel away the skin and remove the seeds and innards. You’re ready for stuffing!

About the Stuffing

You might need to vary up the amount of stuffing based on the size of the poblano peppers. I used a combination of cream cheese and white cheddar shredded cheese, along with some of my preferred seasonings, but you can include other cheeses if you’d like.

Be sure to use good, melty cheeses, as those will work the best. Goat cheese would be a nice addition.

Recipe Notes and Variations

You can also include meats with your stuffing. Chorizo is a great addition, as is ground beef or ground chicken. I also like to include cooked rice or black beans.

If you’re unable to find poblano peppers at your grocery store for whatever reason, you can make this recipe with bell peppers. Either stuff the entire bell pepper with your stuffing mixture and proceed, or slice them in half and stuff the pepper halves.

Check out my Spicy Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe as a reference.

About the Seasonings

Please don’t forget your seasonings. I used a simple blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt and pepper. At least season with salt and pepper. A nice Homemade Cajun Seasoning Blend is great here. It’s pretty much my daily go-to.

It’s also interesting with curry seasonings. Try my Homemade Vindaloo Curry Powder with it. Such a great recipe.

If you’d like a spicier version, include a bit more chili powder.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers are delicious.

Patty’s Perspective

Yummy, ooey-gooey deliciousness. Mike was worried this would be too cream-cheesy, but it was out of this world for me. Bring on the cheese! Who doesn’t love cheese? I have Wisconsin in my blood. I love this recipe.

Check Out Some My Other Popular Stuffed Peppers Recipes

Cream Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Read to Eat

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Recipe

A recipe for earthy poblano peppers that have been roasted and stuffed with cream cheese and white cheddar cheese along with a mixture of seasonings, then grilled or baked until the insides are nice and gooey. One of my favorite stuffed pepper recipes. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 342kcal


  • 4 poblano peppers
  • A bit of olive oil or a spray oil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon spicy chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Get a grill going good and hot, to about medium-high heat.
  • Lightly oil the poblano peppers and set them on the grill. Close the lid. Flip the poblanos a few times throughout as you grill, about 10 minutes or so, until the poblano skins are nicely charred. Remove from heat and cool. Set them into a sealable baggie and allow them to steam. Cool, then remove and peel off the skins. (Alternatively, you can either oven roast or flame roast the poblano peppers. See the post discussion.)
  • Slit the poblanos up the side and open. Scoop out the insides.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Stuff the cheese into the poblano peppers and set them back onto the grill over indirect heat. Close the lid and cook about 10 minutes to allow the cheeses to melt. Alternatively, you can bake the cream cheese stuffed poblano peppers for 10 minutes or so in an oven at 375 degrees.
  • Remove and set onto serving plates. Squeeze lime juice over them and garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Heat Factor: Low. No big heat here, but loads of flavor!


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2080IU | Vitamin C: 95.7mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 1.7mg

NOTE: This recipe was updated on 8/15/18 to include new photos and a video. It was originally published on 8/14/2015.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Poblano Peppers, my favorite stuffed peppers


  1. Kevin Moser

    5 stars
    So good! Added crumbled bacon to the cheese mixture. Definitely do these again!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Geoffrey, yes, you can stuff any pepper, actually, as long as it is large enough.

  2. Crystal the pistol

    5 stars
    I made these and added some homemade chorizo on top with a little shredded Monterey jack. side salad with homemade ranch dressing. It was so good. Husband send restaurant quality. We’ve live in So Cal, TX, NM and AZ. So we know good Mexican food. Now in Norther Ohio. I have to get creative sometimes. I stumbled onto you website trying figure out what to do with some dried peppers I got in AZ. WOW! I’m hooked. Thanks for all the great recipes!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome! Glad you are enjoying the recipes, Crystal! Super happy to be helpful. I love the addition of the chorizo. Very nice.

  3. Thinking of smoking/grilling the peppers a day ahead and then finishing them off the next day. Do you think this would mess anything up?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Tito, you MIGHT want to freeze them then just bring them to temp in the oven the next day. Let me know how that goes.

  4. Hello,
    I loved your recipe! I did go ahead and used seasoned ground chicken in mine. I added Cumin, Cayenne fresh garlic, salt, and pepper to that. I used also used Gruyere with my cream cheese along with a few black beans oh and Frozen chives from my garden. It was so so good!

  5. 5 stars
    Used recipe as a framework. Modified as follows: washed & sliced Poblanos in half. Oiled them & baked at 375 for 10 minutes in my Instant Pot. I did not peel the skin off. Stuffed them with leftover buttery garlic rice, added more minced garlic, lots of chili pepper, increased cumin, salt & pepper, cream cheese, shredded white cheddar cheese. Topped with little bit more cheddar cheese. Baked for 10 more minutes in my Instant Pot. Seriously the best stuffed Poblanos I have ever eaten!

  6. This looks awesome! Doing keto and thought poblano peppers are keto friendly being only 4g carbs – 3g fiber so 1g net carb. Wondering if you could provide some more info on your nutrition info please?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Nicole. I can only publish what my nutrition calculator provides for me. Not sure what else you’d like me to include? I don’t follow Keto myself, but know many people who do. I’m happy to make updates/notes if I can.

  7. 5 stars
    OMG! These are amazing! I eat low carb so I was looking for a chili relleno alternative. These are perfect I used “taco and fajita” seasoning instead of chili powder and wrapped them with bacon before grilling.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is phenomenal we made burritos with it!!with rice and beans. The flavor is top notch!will be making this alot and bragging out great it isthanks so much for dhar9ng this recipe

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent! I love the burritos idea, Amanda! Super happy you enjoyed it.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Dave, no, you don’t have to peel them. When they are roasted, however, the skins char up and loosen, so can be a texture issue. Let me know how you like it.

  9. Geoffrey Seay

    5 stars
    I added the chorizo to this recipe and now I have to make it once a week for my family!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Nice! Chorizo is SO GOOD here! Love it.

  10. Stuck inside with a “stay home order” and told to practice social distancing… Decided to grill seasoned chicken breasts and add to the recipe. Very good addition. Amped it up a bit with Peguin chili powder and a dash of habanero chili powder… So good… Love your recipes Mike. I keep coming back again and again. Love this site.

  11. 5 stars
    I LOVE chiles rellenos. But having “inherited” just one poblano pepper, I didn’t have any of the other traditional ingredients, so found your recipe while sheltering at home. In my freezer was cooked crumbled Italian sausage and cooked rice, both of which I added to my solo pepper. YUM! I restrained myself and had only half, saving to savor the rest later. THANKS so much!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Nancy! Glad you enjoyed it! I appreciate the comments!!

  12. Anthony Armenta

    5 stars
    Solid recipe! I added baby shrimp to this mix. The family and I cannot get enough. Really a great recipe. Thank you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Anthony! Super happy the whole family loved it! I appreciate you letting me know. Enjoy.

  13. Cindy Mckown

    5 stars
    Absolutley loved this recipe..made this tonight,made homemade guacamole on a bed of lettuce, added salsa, sour cream..BAM dinner. I am on a low carb diet.. This is a keeper

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome! Sounds like a great dinner, Cindy! Glad you loved it. Thanks!!!

  14. Do you use sharp white cheddar? I can’t seem to find any white cheddar that isn’t sharp in the store

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Alicia, you can use any cheddar cheese, or any cheese that it nice and melty, really. Let me know how it turns out for you.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Perfect, Bradley! Sausage would be outstanding here. Nice.

  15. 5 stars
    Oh my, oh my! These stuffed peppers look insanely delicious! I love that you stuffed them with cream cheese! I need to try this! OMG!

    1. 5 stars
      Love this recipe. I do add chunks of chicken breast as a binder for the amount of cheese.

      1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

        It’s so good with chunks of chicken. Very nice addition.

  16. 5 stars
    I hear you lady. When the cream cheese train starts going you best jump on. Great recipe.

  17. 5 stars
    Such a perfect blend of creamy cheese and spice! These would also be perfect for game day!

  18. 5 stars
    Another variation..I cook up a bag of frozen cauliflower as directed and mash it with potato masher. I also add 1 pound of hot sausage. Mix with cream cheese and your spices aNd stuff pablano.. don’t taste flavor of more or less just bulks it up delicious and your getting some veggies and protein too!

  19. A few suggestions: where disposable gloves when peeling so you don’t get the chili oils on your hands.
    We have added leftover protein to the cheeses, always cooked ahead/ unless it is shrimp. Chorizo is our favorite meat for the southwest spiciness it lends. We’ve added a few Tbsps. of green salsa verde to the cheeses as well to spice it up.

  20. 5 stars
    Perfect timing as we have a bumper crop of end-of-the-season poblano peppers in our garden. These look divine!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Pam. Yes, perfect use of those poblanos for sure!

    1. Stephanie Allen

      5 stars
      Delicious!! I love spending time with my bf grilling, but I’m a vegetarian so I have to get creative! These were a homer in for a fun and simple grill night! Thanks for the easy video and great recipe!

      1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

        Excellent, Stephanie! Super happy they were a hit! Great on the grill.

  21. 5 stars
    Omgosh I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with this recipe! Yummm! Just had some poppers the other day, so I’m all in the mood for more. Just pinned these!

  22. 5 stars
    Who wouldn’t love something ooey gooey like this? Very appreciative of the outdoor grilling instructions, as it’s still hot out and I’m not ready to turn on the oven.

  23. 5 stars
    When we do our stuffed peppers. My family love them wrapped with bacon and baked. I can never make enough to satisfy them.

  24. 4 stars
    I noticed garlic powder in the ingredients, but not used in the directions. Where does the garlic powder come in?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Eva, add the garlic powder when you add the chili powder and other seasonings. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Roger, I updated the recipe with a better printable recipe card that includes calorie information. Thanks!

  25. 5 stars
    Great flavor. Bay shrimp also works well with the cream cheese filling.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks. Yes, shrimp would be a GREAT addition here. Nice.

  26. 5 stars
    Can these be made the day ahead?

    REPLY: Absolutely. Just keep them wrapped or covered in the fridge, or properly freeze them until ready to use. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  27. 5 stars
    I have used your filling recipe, but roasted the peppers whole in the oven at 475 until blistered, slice, core and stuff.. Have also added pulled pork or diced chicken breast to cheese mixture. Bake at 375, covered until cheese is bubbling. All are amazing!

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