Green Chili Recipe

Using Roasted Green Chilies

Green Chili Recipe
Green Chili (Unroasted)

A good green chili recipe starts with roasted green chili peppers from Hatch, New Mexico.  A green chili recipe means different things in different parts of the country. I’ve had what is called green chili in places like Texas and California. I was disappointed when I first tried their recipe. It is served uncooked with raw green peppers of various types and sometimes with tomatillos. What I consider real green chili is found in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Two things make the difference: The green chili peppers are roasted and it is simmered with pork and broth like a pot of soup or stew. You can use a green chili recipe to smother your  burritos or you can make it a meal in itself. Roasting the green chilis makes all the difference in the world. Pictured right are unroasted green chili. In fact, you can make it like pork green chilli stew simply by adding some carrots, peas, potatoes, etc. But before we get to the green chili stew, let’s list the ingredients of a traditional New Mexico green chili recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 LBS Diced Pork or (Choose a Pork Roast)
  • 24 ounces of Hatch, New Mexico Roasted Green Chilies
  • 12 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 2-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • Jalapenos (Optional)
  • 3 diced tomatoes
  • Pepper, Salt to taste
  • Masa flour or corn starch to thicken
  • chipotle peppers (Optional for extra heat and smokiness)
  • cumin powder (optional, for flavor)
  • Rancho Alegre Tequila (TOTALLY optional)

Green Chili Recipe

Mince the garlic and In a dutch oven, begin browning the pork and garlic together with a bit of your favorite oil.  After pork is browned on all sides, you can add the other ingredients to your dutch oven.  Don’t worry how much of each ingredient you use. No green chili recipe is the same as another. The more you make and eat this stuff, the more it will evolve into the green chili recipe that suits your own personal tastes.  Treat the green chili as a big pot of soup that you simmer all day long. The pork will become so tender that it melts in your mouth and your entire house will smell great all day long. After the green chili has cooked for a few hours, you can determine if you want to thicken the broth. Start with a couple of tablespoons of corn starch or Masa flour and mix it in a 4-8 ounce jar of water and add gradually to the broth. As it cooks, you will be able to determine how thick you want the green chili.  The heat level of green chili peppers can vary tremendously.  Use the optional chipotle peppers which you can get by the jar or can in your grocery store to turn up the heat level if you want it hotter. Or you can add some fresh or roasted jalapenos of your own. Either way, try the peppers as you add them, to know what kind of heat you’re adding to the green chili!  A pork green chili recipe is a wonderful

Turn this into a Green Chili Stew

To make Green Chili Stew, simply take your favorite pork green chili recipe and add vegetables like Carrots, Onions, Potatoes, Peas or green beans.. The potatoes not only taste great, but they will naturally thicken your broth. Add the vegetables about 2 hours before you plan on eating and simmer with the lid off. The broth will thicken like traditional gravy-type stew. There is nothing better than a pork green chili stew on a cold winter evening – or anytime, for that matter. The best green chili stew I ever had was at a little place in Demming, New Mexico.  The texture, aroma and flavor were amazing. I remembered what it looked like, smelled like and tasted like. My own recipe continues to evolve from those fond memories.

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