Learn everything you need to know about poblano peppers in this handy produce guide, including how spicy they are, how to grow them, nutrition information, and snag 25 poblano pepper recipes!
Chili peppers were never an ingredient that my mom cooked with when I was growing up, so I didn’t really have any exposure to them until I got older.
I’ve grown to love them now, and would incorporate them into my recipes more often if I could. My family doesn’t appreciate spicy food the way I do, so I have to keep it to a minimum!
I can safely incorporate mild chili peppers to my recipes without a fuss, so I look for mild varieties like shishito peppers, some jalapeños, Anaheim and poblano peppers.
It’s all about compromise. 🙂
I fell hard for poblano peppers years ago. They’re one of the most popular chili peppers in Mexican cuisine. Poblanos are generally used in chiles rellenos, one of the most popular Mexican recipes ever.
I decided to grow poblanos in my summer garden this year for the first time, and I’m so glad that I did. They’re so easy to grow, and my poblano plant is still going strong.
After harvesting several poblanos from my plant, I couldn’t get over how beautiful they were, and decided to highlight them in a produce guide.
I couldn’t keep these glossy, dark green peppers all to myself now could I? 🙂
I chose to plant my poblano from plant, and I dug a large enough space in my raised bed to plant the entire bottom third of the plant. Planting it deeper helps make the plant sturdier, as it will become top heavy when the peppers come in and grow larger.
The poblano pepper plant will grow to be about 2 1/2 feet tall, and will begin to produce peppers in about 65 days.
Harvesting poblano peppers is very easy. When your peppers are about 4-6 inches in size, snip the the stem about an inch from the top of the peppers.
Poblano pepper nutrition
Poblano peppers are low in calories and fat, low carb, and are a good source of fiber, Vitamins A and B-6, iron, and potassium.
One poblano pepper includes:
1.4 grams of fat
9 grams carbohydrates
3.7 grams of fiber
410 mg of potassium
69% Vitamin A
30% Vitamin B-6
Choosing poblano peppers
Look for glossy, dark green peppers without discoloration or bruises. The peppers should be smooth and firm to the touch, with no wrinkles.
How to store poblano peppers
Store poblano peppers in a paper bag or plastic in the crisper section of the refrigerator for up to one week.
Can you freeze poblano peppers? Absolutely!
Chop the peppers and freeze raw
Roast the poblanos, then chop and freeze
Store in an air tight container for up to 6 months
How to cook poblano peppers
Poblanos aren’t generally eaten raw as the outer skin is a bit tough, so cooking them is your best bet.
The most popular recipes are stuffed poblano peppers and roasted poblano peppers, but they’re also amazing in soup, chili, salsa, sauces, and any recipes that include chili peppers as an ingredient.
Poblano peppers are very versatile, as you’ll see by the recipes below. Enjoy!
Roasted Poblano & Chorizo Egg Casserole is a low-carb breakfast recipe perfect for brunch or dinner! Fire roasted peppers are layered with spicy Chorizo and Mexican cheeses for a healthy egg bake bursting with bold flavors.
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.
A super spicy and easy dinner recipe you can throw together in minutes! Slow Cooker Chicken Sofrito made right in your crockpot, gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-free! This flavor-packed healthy recipe gives you a dose veggies from the homemade salsa!
Beef Poblano Black Bean Chili is flavorful with a slight hint of sweetness from the poblanos. Ground beef, Mexican beer, poblanos, jalapeños and beans create a hearty chili that makes a nice winter dinner or addition to game day!
Summer corn salad with roasted poblanos, cilantro and a creamy dressing is a fresh and flavorful veggie side dish. It’s great served in individual cups for a portable and fun BBQ recipe everyone will love!