Rajas Poblanas Con Crema Recipe

Rajas Poblanas (Roasted Poblano Strips in Cream Sauce) – Recipe

Rajas Poblanas (Roasted Poblano Strips in Cream Sauce), is a traditional Mexican recipe made by roasting poblano peppers, slicing them into “rajas”, or strips, then simmering them with a creamy cheese sauce. They are hugely flavorful and sure to be your new favorite. Here is how I make them.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican, poblanos, spicy, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 286 kcal


  • 4 large poblano peppers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ yellow onion sliced
  • ½ cup Mexican crema or use sour cream
  • 5 ounces melty Mexican style cheese shredded (about 2 cups – I used Mexican manchego)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder I used paprika, though ancho powder would be great here
  • ½ teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste I used a few light grinds


  1. Roast the 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 above 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.
  2. Peel the charred skin from the roasted poblano peppers and slice them into strips about ¾ inch thick.
  3. Heat a large pan to medium heat and melt the butter.
  4. Add the onion and cook about 5 minutes, until the onion strips are translucent and soften up.
  5. Add the poblano pepper strips and cook another minute, stirring.
  6. Swirl in the crema and stir to incorporate.
  7. Stir in the melty cheese a bit at a time, constantly stirring, until it melts through.
  8. Add the seasonings and stir. Reduce the heat and let the mixture warm for about a minute or so, stirring here and there.
  9. Serve!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

NOTE: I served mine on warmed corn tortillas. Very delicious!

Heat Factor: Mild. If you're looking for a spicier version, add in some jalapeno pepper strips, and/or spicy chili flakes and spicy chili powder.

Nutrition Facts
Rajas Poblanas (Roasted Poblano Strips in Cream Sauce) – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 399mg17%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1090IU22%
Vitamin C 96.7mg117%
Calcium 445mg45%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.