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Roasted Chiles

Roasting peppers not only cooks the pepper, but also gives it a nice smoky flavor and allows you to remove the skin. This authentic method is perfect for any dish calling for roasted peppers or chiles.

This recipe was originally featured in Week 5 - Summer Taco Party! in our Mostly Plants series.

Makes 2 roasted peppers

Ingredients

Poblano chiles roasting alongside ears of corn on the Adventure Kitchen grill.

2 large peppers, such as red, yellow or orange bell peppers, or large Mexican chiles such as Poblano, Anaheim or Hatch

 

Instructions

In each method, a direct flame is used to blacken and loosen the skin while simultaneously cooking the chile pepper itself. Once the skin is removed, the pepper can be prepared in whatever way is needed for the dish.

Grill Method

1. Set up your grill for direct heat, with a strong fire (or turn your gas grill on to high). Place chile peppers directly on the grill grate, over the highest flame. Ideally, the flame will be strong and close enough to nearly touch the chiles.

2. Turn the peppers as needed to produce blackened splotches all over the skin. As this happens, you will notice the skin will puff and loosen a bit around the flesh, and the pepper will begin to soften. Try not to tear the skin as you work; you don't want the flesh inside to burn.

Gas Stovetop Method

1. Place each pepper directly on a burner (not in any kind of pan), and turn the burners on to medium-high. Adjust the heat as needed so that the flames just lick the bottom of each chile. This will be a different heat level on every stove, so watch your peppers and make adjustments as needed. 

2. Use tongs to turn the chiles as needed to produce blackened splotches all over the skin. As this happens, you will notice the skin will puff and loosen a bit around the flesh, and the pepper will begin to soften. Try not to tear the skin as you work; you don't want the flesh inside to burn. 

Broiler Method

1. Preheat the broiler to high, with a rack set close to the flame. Set up a sheet pan with a flat rack, and put the chiles on the rack. Slide the sheet pan under the broiler so that the chiles are about 2 inches from the flame.

2. Watch closely, turning the chiles as often as needed to produce blackened splotches all over the skin. As this happens, you will notice the skin will puff and loosen a bit around the flesh, and the pepper will begin to soften. Try not to tear the skin as you work; you don't want the flesh inside to burn.

All Methods

Roasted Poblano chiles in a paper bag, ready to sweat.

3. Place the blackened peppers in a paper bag to "sweat" and rest awhile (about 15 minutes or so is sufficient, but the chiles won't be harmed by a longer stay). This makes it easier to remove the skin.

4. Remove the peppers from the bag and use your fingers to peel the blackened skin off the chile. It's often easiest to work over a sink with a very thin stream of cold water running. As you peel off the skin, use the water to quickly rinse it off your hands before peeling off more skin. Don't put the chile itself in the water - this would wash away much of the flavor. 

5. Once the skin is removed, transfer the chiles to a cutting board to prepare as needed. In many cases, you'll partially or completely remove the stem end first. Note that most of the seeds are attached to the stem. You may want to be careful to keep this intact as you work to make it easier to remove most of the seeds all at once.

For Sliced or Diced Roasted Chile Peppers

If a recipe calls for sliced or diced roasted chiles or peppers, prepare it like this:

 

First - Completely remove the stem end with most of the seeds, then "butterfly" the pepper, making one slit along the side to open it up and lay it flat. 

Next - Use the flat back of your knife (not the sharp edge) to scrape away any remaining seeds.

Then - Use the sharp edge of your knife to cut away the ribs.

To cut the chile into strips - Use your knife to cut the opened, flat chile into lengthwise strips.

To dice the roasted chile - Cut the strips crosswise into small squares.