Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and friedĀ  Monte Cristo style. #montecristo #chilerelleno

Chile Relleno Monte Cristo

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chile relleno, monte cristo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 798 kcal
Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style.


  • 4 slices 1/2-inch thick bread I used a round of Italian
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese thin
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese thin
  • 2 green chiles such as Hatch green chile, poblano or Anaheim, seeded and chopped, roasted and skinned*
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • Dash of salt
  • Vegetable oil enough to coat the bottom of a large skillet or frying pan


  1. Start by buttering one side of each piece of bread. These will be the exterior sides of your sandwich, lay them butter side down on a plate or work surface.
  2. On one half of the bread, lie 2 slices of cheddar cheese, topped with a thick layer of green chiles and finished with 2 slices pepper jack cheese. Top with another slice of bread, butter side out. Repeat with remaining sandwich.
  3. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Place both sandwiches, into pan. Press down with a spatula to flatten the bread and sear the butter against the hot surface. When browned, flip and repeat on other side, pressing until brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Reduce oil heat to low, but don't turn it off.
  4. Working at a brisk pace (you don't want your oil to burn), place flour in a shallow dish (or plate) and eggs in a shallow bowl whisked with salt.
  5. Using a fork, carefully dredge both sides of each sandwich in flour and then egg mixture.
  6. Increase oil heat back to medium-high heat and place egg drenched sandwiches in to hot oil. Cook on either side until browned and egg mixture has cooked.
  7. Remove, slice and serve. Enjoy your Double Crunch Chile Relleno Monte Cristo Sandwiches!
  8. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To roast chiles, place on a hot grill in under the broiler until the skin blisters, then place hot, soft chiles into a an airtight bag, close tightly and allow to steam. The skin should easily peel off.
If you don't wish to use fresh chiles, you can purchase an 8-ounce can whole or diced green chiles, drained and patted dry and skip this step.
You can order Hatch Green Chiles and other varieties from It is the only site I trust for fresh and flavorful chiles.

Nutrition Facts
Chile Relleno Monte Cristo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 798 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 302mg101%
Sodium 970mg42%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1580IU32%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 846mg85%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.