Roasted Pasilla Peppers with Corn and Cotija

This Mexican chile pepper is called “Chilaca” when used fresh. In California the Poblano chile is often called Pasilla. Since most of these are bought and distributed from California this mislabeling often carries over into the supermarkets nationwide causing alot of confusion. This chile is very mild and is usually consumed in the dry form to make the famous Mexican ‘mole’ sauces.

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8 fresh pasilla or poblano peppers
2 Tbsp butter
3 cups fresh or frozen, thawed, corn kernels
3 green onions, sliced, including green tops
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves or 2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled Mexican cotija or grated parmesan
Salt and pepper
1/2 lb small cooked shrimp (optional)


Roast the peppers over a flame or in a dry skillet, turning with tongs as needed, until charred all over. Put roasted peppers in a plastic bag and let sit until skin rubs off easily remove skin. Cut a slit in 1 side of each pepper to create a pocket pull out ribs and seeds. Set peppers aside.

In a frying pan, melt butter and add corn, green onions, and oregano. Saute until onions are soft and corn is cooked (about 5 minutes). Stir in crema and cotija, then season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to mixture, if using, and spoon filling evenly into peppers.

Wrap peppers in foil and place in the embers of a burnt-down fire to warm through (about 15 minutes). Or, arrange peppers in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven about 15 minutes.

Serves 4 to 6.