Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos

These Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos are a healthier take on Chile Rellanos.

The poblanos are roasted instead of friend, and they are stuffed with a mixture of Mexican shredded beef, quinoa, black beans, and corn.

In the family I grew up in, birthdays were synonymous with a Tex-Mex feast.

Whether it was at home or our family’s favorite Mexican restaurant, I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have Tex-Mex for birthday dinners.

It has been many years since I’ve celebrated a birthday in Houston, Texas, but this year’s birthday brought the blessing of having my sister nearby.

Allie and I decided to create our own Tex-Mex feast with a heavy side of nostalgia.

It made turning 31 just a little bit better.

Though I think I am in the beginnings of denial regarding my age.

I’ve already accidentally told people that I just turned 30.

Accidental or subconsciously on purpose?

Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos

I have always wanted try my hand at making Chile Rellenos at home.

With two busy kids underfoot and a super health-conscious sister, I decided that fried foods were probably best left for another day.

Instead we opted to roast some poblanos and stuff them with a shredded beef, black bean, and quinoa mixture.

It was a great idea, because they tasted awesome and were far easier to prepare than it would have been to attempt frying peppers with two kids running around the house.

You could easily leave out the beef and increase the beens and add extra vegetables for a vegetarian option.

I think diced zucchini and fire roasted tomatoes would probably make great additions.

We rounded out the Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos with some enchiladas, recipe to come later), chips and a tomato, corn and avocado salad.

And of course, with a birthday cupcakes are a must.

We had Coconut Lime Cupcakes (Logan and Madeline’s favorite recipe to help with that weekend).

It was a day well spent in the kitchen!

More Recipes for a Mexican Feast:

What birthday traditions do you have in your family?

Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos

Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours

These Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos are a healthier take on Chile Rellanos. The poblanos are roasted instead of friend, and they are stuffed with a mixture of Mexican shredded beef, quinoa, black beans, and corn.

Ingredients

For the Shredded Beef

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup of Roasted Salsa Verde
  • salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder - to taste

Remaining Ingredients

  • 4 - 6 poblano peppers, depending on the size
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend

Instructions

For the Filling:

  1. Prepare the shredded beef according to the directions of the Shredded Tex-Mex Crock-Pot Chicken - substitute your preferred cut of beef roast, trimmed of excess fat and adding the tomato paste.
  2. This can be done a day in advance and refrigerated, or longer if you store the shredded, cooked beef in the freezer.
  3. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.
  4. After cooking, combine the shredded beef, beans, corn, cilantro, salsa verde, and seasonings. Set aside.

For the Peppers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Wash and dry the peppers. Coat all sides with olive oil and place on a greased baking sheet or in a greased oven safe cast iron skillet.
  3. Place the peppers in the oven with the rack in the second position from the top.
  4. Turn the broiler on and broil, turning every few minutes, until the peppers are browned and blistered on all sides.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool.
  6. When cool enough to handle, slice the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the sides.
  7. Fill each pepper half with 1/4 - 1/2 cup of filling, depending on the size of the pepper.
  8. Top with a sprinkling of Mexican cheese blend.
  9. Return the peppers to the baking pan, cheese side up, and bake at 375 degrees F until the cheese is melted.
  10. Garnish, if desired, with additional cilantro, chopped onion, and/or lime wedges.

Notes

Substitutions

Freezing Instructions

  1. Prepare through the assembly stage.
  2. Cool completely.
  3. Place on a baking tray and freeze.
  4. When frozen solid, transfer to a freezer safe gallon sized zip top bag.
  5. Remove as much air as possible without smashing them, seal, and place flat in the freezer.
  6. To bake, remove from the oven and thaw in the fridge, then bake according to instructions.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 422 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Carbohydrates 27g Fiber 8g Sugar 4g Protein 15g
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Disclosure:

I’m proud to continue my relationship as a compensated Bush’s Beans brand ambassador.

All opinions expressed are my own.