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24 October 2018

A recipe for the easiest roasted poblano cream sauce, using only 4 ingredients, with big roasted poblano flavor. Perfect for tacos or any Mexican dish, and even as a dip.

I grew a number of poblano peppers in my garden this year and WOW did those plants explode. The most productive was a Tiburon Hybrid that offers greater yields and larger poblanos.

It did not disappoint!

When you have such a tremendous yield of poblano peppers coming out of your garden, count yourself lucky because poblanos are wonderful to cook with and they offer a flavor unlike any other pepper. To me, poblano peppers are earthier and they lend themselves to all sorts of recipes and cooking methods.

Learn more about Poblano Peppers here.

This recipe in particular is a simple one, using only 4 ingredients, but because we’re cooking with poblano peppers, it is MASSIVE on the flavor scale. We’re talking Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce, and it’s super creamy and super tasty.

Just look at it. SO GOOD, right? I want to dive right in there!

Poblano Cream Sauce - Ready to Serve

Let’s talk about how we make the recipe, shall we?

How to Make Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce – the Recipe Method

First, roast your awesome poblano peppers over your stove top flame until, rotating often, until the skins char and blister up, about 10 minutes.

Alternatively, you can bake them in the oven until the skins blacken and blister, about 15 minutes. See the information below on how to roast poblano peppers.

Cool and set the peppers into a plastic bag to steam. This will help loosen the skins. Most times I can just peel the skin right off without steaming.

Next, toss the roasted peppers into a food processor with some garlic cloves, Mexican crema or sour cream, and a bit of salt. Process the mix until nice and smooth.

Processing the Poblano Cream Sauce


Super easy, right? And SUPER flavorful.

Processed Poblano Cream Sauce

Scoop it into a bowl and use it as needed. It makes about a cup or so. You can keep it in the fridge in a sealed container for about a week or so.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is outstanding on its own, but consider it a base recipe. You can add in other ingredients as desired. Consider adding cilantro for an herbal flair. Try roasting the garlic along with the poblanos.

Add chili powders and/or spicy chili flakes for flavor and heat variations.

Add in some fresh ripe avocado for a variation on guacamole. So delicious!

Try it with other peppers, either in addition to, or replacing the poblano peppers. It would be super interesting with ghost peppers! Hot! Spicy!

Serving Suggestions

This roasted poblano cream sauce goes great alongside tacos or burritos, of course, but consider it for spooning over grilled meats, like chicken or pork.

Drizzle it over pulled pork sandwiches or over a steak.

Consider it as a replacement for guacamole! Use it anywhere you’d use your favorite guacamole recipe. It’s so good.

Try Some of My Other Popular Mexican Recipes

Try Some of My Stuffed Poblano Pepper Recipes

Poblano Cream Sauce - in a bowl, nice and creamy

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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4-Ingredient Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce - Recipe

A recipe for the easiest roasted poblano cream sauce, using only 4 ingredients, with big roasted poblano flavor. Perfect for tacos or any Mexican dish, and even as a dip.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Salsa
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: bbq sauce, poblano
Servings: 8
Calories: 26kcal


  • 1 pound poblano peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ΒΌ cup Mexican crema or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Slice the poblano peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides. Remove the stems. Set them onto a baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees 20-30 minutes, or until the skins char and bubble. You can also broil them about 12-15 minutes to the same effect.
  • Remove from heat and place them into a paper bag or plastic baggie. The heat will steam them and loosen the skins.
  • Peel away the skins and place the roasted peppers into a food processor with the remaining ingredients.
  • Process until nice and smooth.
  • Adjust for salt and serve as desired.


Makes about 1 cup.
Heat Factor: Mild. Poblanos don't have much heat, though you can easily up the heat factor by including hotter peppers, spicy chili flakes or powder, or a bit of your favorite hot sauce.


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 105mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg


  1. 5 stars
    I had over 20 poblano peppers wasting away on the bush in the garden. I was looking for a way to use them and/or preserve them properly. This recipe is delicious! And it was so easy. I roasted them using the broiler method. I put the sauce on a green chili tonight, and it’s a game changer. It’s also a great on chips. And I did put some in the freezer for later.

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe for all sorts of things. A great alternative to poblanos if you’re in the SW USA, are fire roasted hatch chiles. Substitute a couple for a poblano since they’re smaller, or substitute all for that hatch flavor and fiery heat.

    But this is a tangy, rich sauce. Keep it on hand for all sorts of things.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Mike! Glad you enjoyed it! And YES, Hatch peppers are outstanding for this! I love them.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe from poblano peppers that I had in the freezer. It is delicious! Thank you!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent! Thanks, Cheryl! Glad you enjoyed it. I love this sauce.

  4. Bonnie Thomas

    I just received a lot of peppers from a fresh veggie delivery service. Even after giving away half, it’s more than i can use. I am making this recipe. My question is can I freeze some of it? I also want to know is it eaten hot or cold? I was thinking cold would be good on tortilla chips.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Bonnie, you CAN freeze it, but cream sauces don’t do so well frozen, so I would probably just freeze the roasted peppers. When ready to make sauce, just thaw them and process them with the other ingredients. It will be much fresher that way. Let me know how it goes.

  5. 5 stars
    Hello! I just found this website, and am pretty excited to try some new things! I recently discovered ancho chili powder from a spice company that I use exclusively, and was surprised to learn ancho/poblano are the same thing, yes? I’m not too brave with spicy, but that chili powder has a perfect amount of a “kick” towards the end…yup, I’m addicted!

    I have a poblano in the oven now (ancient electric stove, bah), to roast and make your creme sauce,,it sounds delicious! I searched the site, but couldn’t find anything about dehydrating poblanos. I don’t live in the middle of nowhere, but I can see it from here, heh…so I try to grocery shop only once or twice a month. I’ve noticed with this pepper, left it on the counter and it started looking a bit pitiful after about a week…would you recommend dehydrating these peppers? (I have a dehydrator, or willing to use the oven, either way). Or…do they freeze well? (I prefer dehydrating, freezer is about the size of a postage stamp!) Thanks for your patience reading this mini-novel, and your help! I look forward to learning and cooking more with peppers!


    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Kate. Yes, “ancho pepper” is the name for dried poblano peppers. Because they are dried, they are use differently in cooking. I have information on Dehydrating Peppers here that you can review: You CAN dehydrate some slightly sagging peppers, though fresh is always best. If you see any rot on the peppers, I would not use them, though use your best judgement. They also do freeze very nicely. I hope this helps! Happy to answer any other questions.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, this was crazy easy to make. Very creamy. The roasted poblano flavor really stands out. Keeper!

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