Here are nine ways to use deeply flavorful and fruity poblanos.
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Swamp Chili (Poblano-and-Spinach Posole). Photo © David Malosh
Credit: © David Malosh

Poblano chiles have an alluring fruity quality and add depth of flavor — along with a slight bit of heat — to all kinds of dishes. Here are nine ways to use them.

Dressing

Puree the roasted chiles into a buttermilk dressing for drizzling over tomatoes or crisp lettuce.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Poblano Dressing

Relish

Pan-Fried Flounder with Poblano-Corn Relish

Poblano chiles and corn are a classic pairing. Use them in a relish to serve over fish.

Get the Recipe: Pan-Fried Flounder with Poblano-Corn Relish

Cream Sauce

Espaghetti con Crema de Poblano, Crab, Cauliflower, and Egg
Credit: Greg DuPree

Blend charred poblanos with sour cream, cilantro, and spinach to make a luscious, vibrant green cream sauce.

Get the Recipe: Espaghetti with Poblano Cream and Crab

Stuffed

Whether filled with meat, quinoa, or vegetables, poblanos are great stuffing peppers, adding just a little bit of heat to a filling dish.

Get the Recipe: Beef-Stuffed Poblano Chiles

Salad

Esquites Pasta Salad
Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

Esquites is the corn salad version of the beloved Mexican street food elote. This hearty pasta salad variation is loaded with charred corn, zucchini, scallions, and poblano chile.

Cornbread

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Cornbread invites customization, usually in the form of folded-in cheese, scallions, or peppers. Opt for poblanos when you want flavor without intense heat.

Get the Recipe: Buttermilk Cornbread

Posole

Swamp Chili (Poblano-and-Spinach Posole). Photo © David Malosh
Credit: © David Malosh

Make chili with hominy (large, creamy corn kernels), adding poblanos for a slightly spicy kick.

Get the Recipe: Poblano and Spinach Posole

Cocktails

Spicy Margarita Punch
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Poblanos are great muddled into tequila-based drinks. Try them in place of jalapeños for a milder chile margarita that still pleases the palate.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Margarita Punch

Soup

Zucchini Soup with Crème Fraîche and Cilantro

Sauté the chiles with the aromatics for any pureed green vegetable soup. They're especially delicious with mild zucchini.

Get the Recipe: Zucchini Soup with Crème Fraîche and Cilantro