Chile Colorado


We make this Chile Colorado for my Mexican husband, who also doesn't like tomatoes in his chile. This is a traditional Mexican-style dish. If you decide to add beans, do it after the chile is finished.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins


  • 9 New Mexico dry chiles - washed, with stems and seeds removed

  • 3 cups water

  • 5 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of fat

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 cups beef stock or water


  1. Place chiles and 3 cups water into a medium stockpot, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes to soften. Strain into a bowl, reserving the cooking liquid. Place chiles and some of the liquid into a blender, and purée until smooth. Add more liquid as necessary to form a smooth sauce. Pass sauce through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds or tough skins; set aside.

  2. Cut beef into 1- to 2-inch chunks. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Dredge beef chunks in the seasoned flour; set aside.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté onion until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add beef chunks a few at a time, so as not to overcrowd the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Remove seared meat, and continue browning the remaining meat. Return reserved seared meat to the pot.

  4. Stir in puréed chile mixture. Add beef stock just to cover beef chunks, or to personal preference. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to lowest setting, and simmer for 3 hours, or until meat is tender. If necessary, adjust with more stock during cooking.


Serve with chopped onion, sliced green onion, shredded Cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

544 Calories
42g Fat
6g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 544
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 624mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 571mg 12%

* 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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