Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos from Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook!

Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos from Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook!

Absolutely delicious Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos from the Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook! So hearty, delicious and full of amazing plant-based ingredients!

I'm beyond excited to share today's recipe and post! This recipe, Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos, comes from my good friend and blogger pal, Sophia DeSantis and her new cookbook, Vegan Burgers and Burritos. Yes, an entire book on burgers and burritos, what more in the world could we all possibly want?? Sophia is the creator of the blog, Veggies Don't Bite. I first met Sophia a few years back through Instagram of all places. We connected immediately because we seemed to have similar taste in food, a love for creativity (hello Mexican and Sweets!) and I loved her hilarious personality. Sophia is very talented, creative and a wonderful mother. I'm so proud of her and excited that she put out such a phenomenal book.

Book cover photo by Sophia DeSantis.

Sophia also did the whole book oil-free, which I absolutely love since you all know my own recipes I write are oil-free on this blog. So, no need to adapt anything, it's already done! So, basically, all her fry recipes and Crispy Zucchini Chips (page 175) are all oil-free.

Sophia has broken the chapters in the book into Burgers, Burritos, Sauces and Sides. You will be salivating as you flip each page. Every single recipe is beautiful, bright and perfectly photographed, as well as being colorful. Each one is mouth-watering.

The whole book includes 27 burgers, 26 burritos, 19 sauces and 4 sides. Every recipe is:

  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • oil-free (she gives options to use broth or water on any recipe or the option to use a small amount of oil, but is absolutely not necessary)
  • plant-based
  • made with whole food ingredients

Other amazing things included in the book are tips on how to make the recipes for children in easier ways that kids like to or prefer to eat their food. Also, she has tips on how to fold the perfect burritos, with photos. I personally sucked at folding a burrito before this book, haha.

Now, let's talk about these burritos. These were AMAZING. I'm so serious. So good I kept messaging her about them, lol. Serious party in my mouth. I also love spicy food and these are definitely spicy because a whole roasted poblano pepper is inside each burrito. There is this delicious white sauce that Sophia created called "Cream Sauce for the Soul" (page 159) which goes inside and on top of the burrito. I'm sharing that recipe below as well with Sophia's permission.

I also made her World's Best Roasted Salsa which you can find in her book on page 132 after you buy it, because you all should buy this book and you know that you want it! The salsa was delicious and spicy and the perfect topping for these burritos.

I personally think chips and salsa are a meal on their own, that's acceptable right?

But let's go with the full shabang. These chile rellenos are also topped with fresh green onions and cilantro and lots of sauce. Divine.

In case you are wondering, The Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook has pretty much any and every type of burger flavor you can think of and a ton of burritos to pick from. Buffalo Wing Sliders, Crabless Cake Burger, The Low-Carb Portobello, Sweet Potato Enchilada Burger, Fajita Your Burger, Cauliflower "Fish" Burger, just to name a few.

She also has a chapter on sauces to go with all of the burgers and burritos.  All-American Special Sauce, Ultimate Onion Dip, Tartar Sauce Extreme, Healthy Vegan Mayo, Yiayia's Authentic Tzatziki and so many more.

She even has a few desserts in the book. Mind-Blowing Chocolate Sauce, Fully Loaded "Fried" Banana Split, S'more Burgers, The Ultimate Mexican Churro, to name a few. I personally have made the churros and they are incredible!

Recipes I've made from the book so far and all were so delicious.

Crabless Cake Burger (page 60)

Tartar Sauce Extreme (page 139)

Low-Fat Creamy Curry Sauce (page 136)

Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos (page 118)

World's Best Roasted Salsa (page 132)

Cream Sauce for the Soul (page 159)

Skinny Peanut Sauce (page 143)

The Ultimate Mexican Churro (page 125)

Now, I know it's hard, but you cannot eat this photo.

We all needed an inside shot of these amazing burritos. The taco meat is so amazing, an awesome texture and full of flavor. It will be a regular that I make from now on. These burritos are very spicy because of the poblano peppers inside them, which I loved. Just keep that in mind if you are sensitive to heat. The taco meat could be used for just tacos or plain burritos or even to dip chips in. I can see many uses for it and the taco meat itself is not spicy.

I hope you all love these Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos as much as I did! They are a recipe to break out and impress the guests to show them just how much vegans know how to put out a good, hearty meal. We don't just live on salads!

To order Sophia's book, Vegan Burgers and Burritos, order here!

Printed with permission from Sophia DeSantis and Page Street Publishing Co. Don't forge to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of her amazing book, but I personally don't recommend waiting before ordering it because this would make a great gift as well!

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Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos from Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook!

Absolutely delicious Wrapped-Up Chile Rellenos from the Vegan Burgers and Burritos Cookbook! So hearty, delicious and full of amazing plant-based ingredients!

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  • 5 poblano peppers
  • 1/4 cup (50g) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup (50g) dried brown or green lentils
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped walnuts, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup (76g) chopped sweet or yellow onion
  • Low-sodium veggie broth (about 2 1/2 cups [592ml], divided
  • 2 medium-size cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (80g) fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 large tortillas (burrito sized)
  • Cream Sauce for the Soul
  • Your favorite salsa (I used and recommend Sophia's World's Best Roasted Salsa from her book, page 132)
  • Sliced green onions
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Cream Sauce for the Soul
  • 3/4 cup (151g) cooked potato (see directions)
  • 3/4 cup (177ml) unsweetened plain cashew or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup (56g) raw cashews (see directions)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup (60 to 188ml) veggie broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) white or cooking wine
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small or medium-size clove garlic, to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to broil. Place the poblano peppers on a foil-lined cookie sheet and broil on high for about 5 minutes until the exposed sides are blackened. Flip them over and broil for 5 minutes. Remove them from the oven and wrap the poblanos in the foil from the cookie sheet. Set them aside so they can steam while you make the filling.
  2. Coarsely chop the chickpeas, lentils and walnuts in a food processor. Be careful not to overchop. Saute the onion in a pan over medium heat with 1/2 cup (118ml) of veggie broth and 1/4 teaspoon of salt until it begins to soften, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 to 2 minutes until the garlic is browned. Add the bean/nut mixture and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until it begins to dry, then add 2 cups (480ml) of broth, tomatoes, cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt, chili powder and pepper. Cook partially covered for about 20 to 25 minutes until the beans are cooked and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Stir frequently, and lower the heat if it begins to stick, which can happen if you are not using oil. Uncover when most of the liquid has evaporated and continue to cook, mixing frequently until the liquid is almost gone. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Remove the poblanos from the foil and carefully remove the skins. Gently cut a slit in each one, and remove the stem and seeds. Place each poblano on a tortilla opened and lying fat, put about one-fifth of the meaty bean/nut mixture and a spoonful of cream sauce in the pepper and then fold the pepper closed.
  4. To fold the burrito, fold the sides over toward the center and above the stuffed poblano, then roll upward to create a burrito with the pepper stuffed inside. Place the burritos on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. Carefully flip them over using a spatula and bake for 5 minutes until they're crisp.
  5. Remove them from the oven and top them with more cream sauce and the roasted salsa (of your choice). Sprinkle them with green onions and cilantro if desired (either before or after baking again). Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until the sauces are hot. Serve immediately!
  6. For the cream sauce, put the potato, milk, cashews, broth, wine, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and salt into a high-speed blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate the sauce to thicken.
  7. Notes regarding the sauce: Cook the potato in the microwave or oven. I don't recommend boiling it because it makes the potato too wet.
  8. If you are not using a high-speed blender, there are a couple of options for making your sauce smooth. You can use a coffee grinder to grind everything to a fine powder, or make sure to soak your cashews overnight, or for at least 2 to 3 hours. If you forget, you can also boil them for 30 minutes. You can easily substitute the water for the broth, however the broth gives it a nicer flavor. Wine is recommended for the ultimate flavor, but if you don't want to use wine, feel free to replace it with more broth. Adjust the amount of broth depending on how thick you want the sauce.
  9. Kids: This can be served as a bowl if folding a burrito is too hard!

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  1. I had no idea this book even existed. And now I need it. Thanks for the thorough review and sharing this delicious looking recipe.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, yes, you do need it! So does the rest of the world, LOL!
  2. both!
  3. You wrote, "I personally think chips and salsa are a meal on their own, that's acceptable right?" As I read it, I totally answered you in my head..absolutely!!! ;] It looks so good, I really want to try this one out!
    • BOTH!!!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hahaha, it totally is! So glad we agree!
  4. This looks so good!!
  5. BOTH!!!!
  6. Both burgers and burritos for sure!
  7. This looks amazing! I love spicy food too so giving this a try!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      You will love it Shannon! Guaranteed!
  8. I love both!
  9. I am instantly famished looking at the Chile Rellenos photo! I'm definitely more of a burrito fan than burger. I think I need this book!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, so glad the pics did that for you! That was my goal, haha! The best part is they taste even more amazing than they look!
  10. This dish looks delicious! Mexican and spicy that’s my kind of meal! I have to say the burger on the cover of the book looks really good too!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, Mexican and spicy are a match made in heaven!
  11. That's like picking a favorite child! Both, please.
  12. I'm reading through your recipe and I cannot figure when the beans/nuts from the blender get added and to what. This looks so wonderful I just don't want to mess it up. Thanks!
    • I have the same question. Does the bean/ nut mixture get added at the same time as the tomatoes?
      • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
        Oops, so sorry, I forgot that one sentence, it is added now. Under step 2!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oops, so sorry, I forgot that one sentence, it is added now. Under step 2!
  13. I'm definitely a both-person! This recipe looks amazing.
  14. Both.
  15. Oh man, that inside "meaty" shot😍 I bet this book is FULL of super mouthwatering "wait...this is vegan?" goodness like that. And all oil-free too, she clearly possesses power I cannot understand ha. But I totally love this concept for a vegan book and knowing Sophia's recipes and style she is the perfect person to create it. Also S'more Burger--did I read that right? Mmmm that sounds right up my alley! This particular dish may be a little on the spicy side for me, but hand over the chips and homemade salsa and consider me satisfied😊 Finding other bloggers you just instantly connect with and getting to support them even if remotely is one of my favorite parts of this whole crazy thing, such a lovely review Brandi!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, I know right, totally looks like taco ground meat, but yet so much healthier and DELICIOUS! I think I ate about 1/4 of it before even putting it into the burritos. I literally had to make myself stop so I would have some for the burritos and photos, hahaha. YES, I cannot wait to try the S'mores Burger soon...as I said, everything I've tried so far is incredibly delicious and so full of flavor. Yes, I know you don't like spicy, haha, these are definitely spicy, but I can see how if somebody didn't like spicy, they could do regular bell peppers instead and that would totally tone down the heat, because the taco meat isn't spicy at all. Thank you sweet Natalie, so glad to have connected with so many wonderful people, including YOU! xx
  16. This looks so good. I can’t wait to try it.
  17. Wow, this looks like a great recipe! Thank you for sharing. I'm more of a burrito person, so this looks so good!
  18. I just recently heard about this book. Looks delicious. I like both-burgers and burritos!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      It's amazing RuthAnn! Seriously, shot up to the top of my favorite cookbooks!
  19. This cookbook looks great! I am totally in to both!!
  20. I'm both a burger and burrito person.
  21. This recipe sounds amazing!!! Can't wait to try it!
  22. Both
  23. Both
  24. I am both, but lately I have definitely been on the burrito train.
  25. I love burritos and burgers; burritos just slightly more than a burger.
  26. Ooooh tough question....I love both so much. But if I had to choose, I'd say burritos!
  27. Ooh tough question...both are so good! But if I had to choose, I'd say burritos!
  28. Definitely Both!!!
  29. Liz
    Looks delish, I love spicy food.
  30. Sue
    This cookbook looks wonderful but my husband and I do not like spicy food - can we still find recipes in it that we would enjoy? Or just leave out the spicy ingredients?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Sue! Oh, definitely! The book is full of a ton of recipes that are not spicy and with most, you can always tone down the heat level by either greatly reducing spices like chili powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, etc. or omitting them to make them less spicy! Her recipes are so delicious and full of flavor that they would still be good :)
      • Sue
        Thanks Brandi - I've ordered the book!
  31. Brandi, you my friend have outdone yourself! I cannot thank you enough for the incredible job you did with my book review!! It looks stunning and drool worthy and I do want to eat the photo!!! I mean, omg that inside shot. DYING!! I am so excited to repay you the favor next year when your book is out, which I KNOW will be hands down incredible. Thank you thank you thank you!!! And for the record, I am team sauce ;)
  32. I love burgers, but having to choose, no question it’s burritos for me!! I’ve had chile relleno burritos before going vegan and they were so greasy with no flavor. This sounds like it would taste so much better!
  33. Wow I'm so excited!! I grew up in the southwest and raised my family in New Mexico. I have struggled with finding good healthy vegan oil free recipes for all the flavors I've missed. I' ve done bean burritos of course but miss the variety of other flavors and dishes!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      This one is definitely full of flavor!!
  34. Both! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
  35. These look amazing!
  36. I like both, but probably prefer a good burrito. This book looks amazing!
  37. Can I be a dessert person? I simply love churros. Yum yum yum!
  38. Definitely both!!
  39. Hi, I have the book already and havent made anything yet so I am so happy i found you and your blog. The review is great. I planning to pull it out when I get home and figure out what to make first. Thanks so much.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh Yay! So glad you enjoyed the review! You will love this book! So many great recipes :) I got my eye on the S'more burger next!
  40. I just put this book on my amazon list! I could eat burritos or burgers everyday 😋
  41. I am both. For sure. Both are so good.
  42. OMGoodness I need this cookbook in my life! My picky-ish daughter will eat anything mexican. Her favorite meal is enchiladas and it would be so nice to have some new variations to try!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh, this is great then! She has so many Mexican-inspired dishes!!
  43. I absolutely love the sound of these chile rellenos! So comforting and beautifully photographed. And that "cream sauce for the soul" sounds magnificent! I love the title :)
  44. I like both, but lately I've been eating a bunch of burritos!
  45. Do the lentils need to be soaked before chopping up in the food processor, or just the chickpeas and walnuts? Thanks!! Really looking forward to adding another option for burrito night :-) This book is on my wish list for sure!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Nope, don't need to be soaked! Just the chickpeas and walnuts. They get cooked for about 25 minutes afterwards and it turns out perfectly. :)
  46. Mostly burritos, sometimes burgers.
  47. Wow, you made this recipe beautifully, and your photography makes me feel like I ate it, haha! Thanks for the book tip, I will check it out! Best, Dee xx
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Aww, thank you so much Dee, what a kind compliment!!
  48. I made these for lunch yesterday. Absolutely fantastic. I could not get over how good the ‘meat’ filling is. Thank you for sharing this, I went ahead and ordered the cookbook because of this post. I am eagerly awaiting the release of your own cookbook, Brandi. 😊. Team burrito!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! So good right?! Thank you for sharing and making them! Aww, thank you Regan as always for your support!
  49. Sue
    We are a burrito family to the core because anything and everything can find it's way in (and then be wrapped up and sent as lunch!)
  50. Both!,,,but we do have burritos a little more than burgers.Haven't found a burger recipe that makes me want to have burgers as often as we do burritos.
  51. I'm a fan of both burgers and burritos but upon contemplation I'd say burritos are probably my favorite for two reasons: 1) They tend to be less messy to eat (just color me somewhat of a neat freak) and 2) The tortilla helps keep the filling warmer longer, which is a good thing for me since I'm a slow eater (the better to aid digestion and, most importantly, savor the food)! By the way, thanks for introducing me to Sophia, her blog and her cookbook. I've subscribed to Veggies Don't Bite and her cookbook is at the top of my Amazon Wish List. :)
  52. I love burgers!! These chili relanosbwould probably be great with your Vegan 8 queso
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, great idea!
  53. This looks amazing!!! Isaac Thomas Peace & Love
  54. Brandi, Sophia: I had been looking at and coming back to this recipe over and over again. I'm not sure what took me so long but I finally made them last night and it was so good. I have never baked a burrito, why??? So amazing and more sturdy for the kids to pick up. Speaking of the kids, I chopped up some of the chile and mixed it in with the filling for them. They really liked it! Ok, so I loved the chile flavor so much. I have a recipe idea for y'all ... Green chile stew. That would be sooo delish. Maybe some jackfruit to mimic the pork?. Y'all are awesome and I am so glad to find Sophia. Been enjoying her site!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi sweet Amanda! Aren't those burritos so yummy?!! I'm so glad this post helped you discover Sophia's blog, yay! And thank you as always for making so many of my recipes and my chocolate waffles each week for your kiddos, I love that they love them so much. I always love reading your awesome feedbacks! You are the best!

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