I Tried Making This Rajas (Authentic Mexican Dish), I can’t Get Enough of this Flavor

Looking for an easy and delicious dish that’s perfect for any meal of the day? Look no further than these authentic rajas! Loaded with corn, onion, and cheese, these creamy, flavorful peppers are sure to become a family favorite.

So what exactly are rajas, you might ask? Well, there are two meanings – one refers to sliced poblanos or jalapeños, while the other is an actual dish called Rajas con Crema. This recipe is all about the latter, which features sliced poblanos simmered in evaporated milk until nice and thickened. You can add cheese and thinly sliced onions for extra flavor, and they’re perfect on their own or as a filling for tacos and burritos.

What makes this poblano pepper recipe so special? First, it’s incredibly easy to make, using a combination of fresh and frozen ingredients. It’s also authentic, with simple but flavorful ingredients that let the natural flavors shine through. Plus, it’s pantry-friendly, since most of the ingredients are probably already in your fridge and pantry. And with tons of veggies and the option to control the salt content, it’s a healthy meal option that won’t leave you feeling hungry. So why not give these rajas a try today?

Authentic Mexican Dish, Rajas

Prep: 15 minsCook: 40 mins
Add’l: 20 minsTotal: 1 hr 15 mins


  • 3 medium poblano peppers
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup canned yellow corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup shredded Chihuahua cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place 1 poblano pepper on the stove per burner. This way they will have enough space to char evenly. Set the heat to medium and let them char for 4-5 minutes on each side or until blackened all over. Remove them from the heat.
  2. Place the poblanos in a plastic bag and seal it or tie it closed. Let them steam in the bag for 15 to 20 minutes. The longer, the better but don’t let them cool fully either.
  3. Remove them from the bag and use your thumbs to carefully rub against the blackened poblano skin to peel them under cold running water. Remove as much of the blackened bits as possible. Don’t worry if the peppers break a little bit.
  4. Place the peeled poblanos on a cutting board. Use a knife to make a lengthwise slit down the center. Remove the seeds and stems from the poblanos. Then slice them into 1/2″ thick strips. You can slice them thinner or thicker too, it’s up to you.
  5. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and let it heat for another minute. Add the onion and let it cool for 5-6 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. Don’t worry if the onion browns a little bit.
  6. Add the sliced poblanos and yellow corn to the pan. Stir to combine and let everything cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the milk and cheese to the poblano mixture and stir well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir occasionally. Allow the mixture to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the milk has thickened slightly and the cheese has melted. It shouldn’t be too liquid-y.
  9. Remove from the heat and serve immediately so that the cheese is still melty and the sauce doesn’t seize.


Storage: Once fully cooled, refrigerate leftover rajas in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Throw them out immediately if they taste bitter or sour.

Reheat: To reheat, pop them into the microwave for up to a minute or until warm. You can also heat them in a pan, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes over medium-low heat.

Nutrition Information: YIELD: 4 SERVING SIZE: 1

Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 237 | TOTAL FAT: 15g | SATURATED FAT: 7g | TRANS FAT: 0g | UNSATURATED FAT: 7g | CHOLESTEROL: 39mg | SODIUM: 277mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 16g | FIBER: 2g | SUGAR: 9g | PROTEIN: 10g

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Food is my passion, and I'm grateful every day that I get to share that passion with others through my blog. I hope to continue exploring the world of food and sharing my experiences with my readers for many years to come.

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