How to ruin any food: Chili Relleno

Tonight we’re going to ruin the chile relleno. It’s going to be a bit different from what I normally ruin, if only because it’s stuffed.

I decided to ruin this tonight for two reasons: 1. Chiles are in season right now, and 2. I didn’t have any other ideas.

Shall we begin?


The rest of this post in intended to be humorous and not to be taken as new culinary treats about to sweep the nation.Any attempt to ingest the substance described below is not suggested and should be avoided. If you do attempt to taste any of the following food related ideas, please be warned that disgust, nausea and possibly even death could be the result.

What they are:

A chile relleno is simply a chile pepper stuffed with cheese, dipped in a batter and fried until the cheese is melted and the batter is crispy.


Unfortunately there isn’t much known about the history behind the chile relleno, only that it was perhaps one of the first fusion foods, mating Spanish and Mexican cuisine together oh so long ago.

Unless it is a much more recent invention with only vague claims dating it back to the 1500s, which is something that we may never know.

I found very little information about Chile rellenos during my search, much less than I found about many other foods that I have ruined in here, if any one has any knowledge of the history behind this food I’d be very interested in hearing about it in the comments.

How to make them:

The Chile relleno is a very simple dish. Comprised of a chile, cheese and a batter or egg dip.

Normally a large chile like an Anaheim, Hatch or Poblano is used.

Some people use roasted chilies while others do not, it depends on which you prefer.

Regardless of whether you use a roasted chile or not, the recipe is the same:

Remove the seeds from the Chile and stuff with cheese, dip in your batter or egg dip and fry until the coating is crisp and the cheese is melted.

How to ruin them:

Ruining a chile relleno is fairly simple, we have really only two places to ruin them; the filling and the batter.

Of course you can try to ruin the pepper itself, which I’ll give a few tips for.


The filling is perhaps the easiest and most fun way to ruin the noble Chile relleno. There is one reason this is the preferred way to ruin them, it’s undetectable until after the pepper is cut into, which means your unsuspecting guest will be very surprised.

I’m dividing this section into two, other cheeses and cheese replacements.

Cheese replacements:

Replace the filling with any of the following:

  • An uncooked potato, diced if necessary.
  • Peas and carrots.
  • Orange quarters: fruit, not money quarters, no one would complain about getting paid to eat, even if the coins were painted orange.
  • Cookie dough: Chocolate chip is best, however oatmeal will work in a pinch.
  • Orange jelly beans: throw in a few licorice ones just for extra flavor.
  • Vanilla frosting: is there anything worse than this in a pepper?
  • Meringue, lemon is great, however any flavor will do.
  • Your least favorite chocolate candy bar, it’ll melt and look like odd melted cheese at first glance.

Other cheeses:

Very dew cheeses work in a chile relleno, normally you have either Cheddar or Monterrey Jack, pepper Jack also may be used in normal ones. Try any of these cheeses for a different take that should ruin your chile relleno:

  • Parmesan
  • Limburger
  • Blue cheese, after all moldy cheese normally ruins any dish.
  • Swiss cheese
  • Any processed cheese that is more chemical than milk.


The batter is another great place to ruin a chile relleno, try adding any of these to your batter to ruin it:

  • Root beer
  • Lemonade
  • Ginger ale
  • Hot chocolate
  • Strawberries

Another way to ruin your batter is to add drops of blue and green food coloring to it, do not mix them in.


Other ways:

Believe it or not, there are even more ways to ruin a chile relleno!


  1. Fill your pepper with raspberry jam and dip in doughnut batter.
  2. Fill with cherries and coat with chocolate cake batter.
  3. Replace the Chile with a bell pepper to change the shape and taste.
  4. Fill your pepper with ice cream, use your normal batter and serve covered in whipped cream.

I think that about does it for tonight. I’m sure there are many other ways to ruin the Chile Relleno that I didn’t cover in here tonight. Do you have a favorite way to ruin the Chile relleno?


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this, feel free to comment!


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