Saint Charles Mesa Sun-Kissed Chili


Made from the famous Pueblo, Colorado chiles grown on farms in the fertile and sun-kissed Saint Charles Mesa, this pork chili can be made from medium-hot to con fuego! These chiles are comparable to mild jalapenos or can be much hotter than cayenne peppers. Choose your peppers carefully for the heat you can handle! Our family's favorite ways to eat this include: with warmed tortillas, over rice, topped with tomatoes, sour cream and avocado, or smothered tamales (steam any type of tamales separately, unwrap, and pour chili on top).

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 51 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 46 mins
10 servings


Seasoning Mixture:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon dried cilantro

  • ½ teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed


  • 2 pounds pork loin

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 5 cups chicken broth, divided

  • ½ cup rose wine

  • 4 large red and green Pueblo chile peppers

  • 6 tomatillos, husked and halved

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon potato starch

  • 2 teaspoons cold water


  1. Mix cumin, coriander, cilantro, garlic herb seasoning, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and fennel in a bowl to make seasoning mixture. Rub 2/3 of the seasoning mixture over pork loin.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a stovetop pressure cooker over medium heat. Add pork loin; cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Pour 2 cups chicken broth and rose wine into the pressure cooker. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom to loosen browned bits. Return pork loin to the cooker. Cover and bring to high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions. Reduce heat to low and cook, about 1 hour.

  4. Release pressure carefully according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer pork loin to a cutting board; let cool.

  5. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; place chile peppers on top.

  6. Roast until peppers are blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes. Place in a bowl and seal with plastic wrap. Allow peppers to cool, about 20 minutes. Stem, peel, and seed the peppers; dice.

  7. Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Add some tomatillos in a single layer; cook, turning occasionally, until softened and skins are blistered, 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining tomatillos. Dice tomatillos.

  8. Combine 1/2 of the tomatillos and 1/2 of the roasted peppers in a food processor; puree until smooth.

  9. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  10. Shred pork loin with 2 forks; add to the pressure cooker. Stir in remaining 3 cups chicken broth, diced peppers, diced tomatillos, tomatillo-pepper puree, onion mixture, and diced tomatoes. Add remaining seasoning mixture, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; cover.

  11. Bring to high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions. Reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes. Release pressure according to manufacturer's instructions.

  12. Mix potato starch and cold water in a small bowl until dissolved. Pour into the pressure cooker, stirring well to incorporate thoroughly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
8g Fat
8g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 692mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 78mg 388%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 415mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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