Happy Cinco de Mayo! Have you ever made Rajas Creamy Grilled Peppers, with onions? You’ll want to add this to your Mexican recipe list for sure.

creamy and cheesy rajas in a blue pan

Serve a hot pan of Rajas Creamy Grilled Peppers with any Mexican dish! Dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, tostados, taco salad, or taco bowls. It’s a great side dish, too, to bring to a Cinco de Mayo party!

looking down on a pan of rajas

Rajas Creamy Grilled Peppers

It’s the most delicious topping, that really makes the dish sing! If you’re a poblano pepper lover like we are in our family, you may also love this Turkey Poblano White Bean Chili, or Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spanish Style Rice.

We also love this Easy Pork Carnitas Taco Board for hosting a larger gathering! Or this Mexican Street Corn Salad!

cheesy poblano peppers

What are rajas?

Rajas con crema are sliced poblano peppers with cream. For pepper lovers, it’s a very popular in Mexican dish served as a side, or a topping. It’s most commonly served together with mole, chicharrón, and papas con chorizo.

Tonight we’re making Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo, and rajas (with onions, too) will be a side dish that will be devoured. Make this Instapot Pork Carnitas Recipe and serve a side of rajas!

pan of cheesy poblano peppers

Ingredients for Rajas Easy Creamy Grilled Peppers

  • Olive oil
  • Onions, poblano peppers, red peppers
  • Garlic
  • Fresh corn
  • Mexican oregano
  • Heavy cream
  • Sharp cheddar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cotija cheese
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges

colorful peppers and onions in a pan

What are Rajas in Mexican food?

Rajas basically means “strips” or “slices.” As Mexican food, rajas are referred to as roasted poblano chile strips.

Speaking of hosting again … getting together with old or new people in our lives is so important. Sharing a meal, creating moments of sharing our lives and eating together. Food is the conduit to bringing people together! When we spend time with people, we want it to be meaningful—purposeful.

onions and peppers in a pan

There are so many life-changing conversations that can take place around a dinner table. You know, the kind that leave your people encouraged. We all want to be truly known, and we want to get to know others.

creamy rajas in a pan

So whether you’re making Mexican food for your family tonight, or planning a meal with friends sometime soon, don’t forget the rajas.

A delicious addition to any Mexican dish!

creamy and cheesy rajas in a blue pan
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Rajas Creamy Grilled Peppers


  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled, halved, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 4-5 medium poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch thick strips (note: If you would like a little more heat, leave some seeds)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 c fresh corn
  • 2 Tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 2/3 c heavy cream
  • 3/4 c sharp cheddar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
  • Cotija cheese for garnishing
  • Chopped cilantro for garnishing
  • Lime wedges for serving


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until they begin to brown, and char slightly for 7 minutes. Add the poblanos, red pepper, oregano, and garlic. Cook until peppers are tender yet crunchy, 12 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium-low, heat and add the heavy cream and cheese. Stir to coat the onions and peppers.
  • Cook the rajas until the cream and cheese thickens and reduces in volume. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and serve warm with fresh cilantro, cotija cheese, and lime.
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pan of Rajas Creamy Grilled Peppers

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