Poblano Cream Sauce Recipe

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Want a cream sauce with an ever-so-mild heat for that poultry or fish dish? This poblano cream sauce recipe hits just the right notes.

Poblano chilies are very mild hot peppers, two to eight times milder than the jalapeño pepper. They are easy to find in many grocery stores, so it’s simple to pull this recipe together. Try it over chicken breast, turkey, or white fish. It’s very tasty.

Poblano Cream Sauce

4.26 from 35 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 145 kcal


  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 3 teaspoons oil
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup Mexican Crema
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste


Char and prep the poblano chilies

  • Set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the poblano peppers on a parchment-lined baking pan. Bake the chilies for 20 to 30 minutes, flipping the chilies half-way to allow charring on all sides.
  • Remove the poblanos from the oven and place them in a Ziploc bag (sealed) for 10 minutes. This will help loosen up the skin.
  • Remove the poblano peppers from the Ziploc and peel off the skins and stem. Halve the poblanos lengthwise and remove the seeds.

Making the cream sauce

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the oil.
  • Saute the garlic and onion until the onion is slightly translucent.
  • Place the poblanos, garlic, onions, and milk into a blender. Puree the mix until smooth.
  • Clean the oil from the saucepan, then melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir until combined.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add the poblano mix from the blender. Stir to fully combine with the butter and flour.
  • Add the crema and stir to completely combine. Allow the sauce to thicken for 5 minutes (or until it reaches your desired consistency.)
  • Remove from the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool. Serve.


Calories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 181mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on October 21, 2020 to include new content. It was originally published on November 26, 2014.