Chile Colorado Recipe

Chili comes in all shapes and sizes, and there's really no right or wrong way to eat it. While chili is traditionally prepared with beans, ground meat, and tomato sauce, there are a lot of other recipes floating on the internet, including Chile Colorado. This recipe for Chile Colorado is one of the most unique and flavorful dishes around, and it comes complete with three different types of chiles, providing plenty of spice. Rather than ground meat, this hearty chili uses beef stew, which makes it incredibly filling.

Recipe developer Kate Shungu is the creative mind behind this dish, and there are plenty of great things about it. "Chile Colorado is a Mexican stew, made with beef and dried chile," Shungu shares. "I love the richness of the sauce — it has a gorgeous hue, and it's packed with flavor." This would be great for a family dinner or to serve during game day at your house. It would also be a great solo dish. Keep reading to find out how to make this wonderful recipe.

Gather the ingredients for Chile Colorado

Once you commit to this recipe, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the ingredients. Start with dried guajillo chiles, ancho chiles, and dried pasilla chiles. You will also need a small yellow onion and a few cups of low-sodium chicken stock. Next, grab some vegetable oil and beef stew meat.

Your second to last stop at the store should be in the spice aisle, where you will need to get some salt and black pepper. Be sure to check at home first in case you have it already. Next, get cumin and oregano, and last but not least, you will need a few cloves of garlic.

Cook the chiles

Once you have all of the ingredients together, you can get to the actual cooking part. Grab your chile peppers, and remove the stems from them. Next, take out a large saucepan, and put it on your stove. Place the chiles and the onions into the saucepan, followed by a few cups of chicken stock. Crank up the heat, and bring the liquid to a boil. Once you see bubbles reaching the surface, remove the pan from the heat, and place the lid on top. Set your timer for 20 minutes, and let it sit.

Carefully blend the mixture

Now, grab a blender, and put it in a safe spot on your counter — you know, somewhere where the kids and dog can't come in contact with the cord. If you don't have a blender, no worries. "You can use a food processor if you don't have a blender," Shungu notes. (Note that it's crucial to follow the proper safety precautions when blending hot contents in a blender to avoid a potential mishap in the kitchen.) 

Pour the mixture from your saucepan into the blender. Then, remove the middle section from the blender lid. Place the blender lid on top of the blender, and cover the opening with a kitchen towel. Turn the speed up to high, and blend until it's completely smooth.

Cook the meat

For now, you can put the blender and its contents to the side. Now, take out a large stockpot, and pour in the vegetable oil. In the meantime, season the meat with salt and pepper. Add half of the meat to the stockpot, and cook until it's browned on the bottom. (As a reminder, you should have cut the meat into ½ inch cubes ahead of time.) Stir and cook for two to three minutes or longer until the meat is browned on all sides. Then, remove the meat from the heat, and place it on a plate. Repeat the same process with the remaining beef.

Add the spices, and cook

Add all the meat back to the pot, and then sprinkle in the cumin, oregano, garlic cloves, and the remaining teaspoon of salt. Pour the last cup of chicken stock and the chile mixture, and stir to combine. Then, turn the heat up, and bring the mixture to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot, and cook it for 45 minutes. 

Once those 45 minutes are up, uncover the pot, and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes or until the meat is tender. "The meat is done when it's tender. Grab a piece from the pot with tongs, let it cool slightly, and test it for tenderness," Shungu shares. "If it's still pretty chewy, give it another 15 minutes of cooking time, and try again."

Serve, and enjoy

Once the timer goes off, take the Chile Colorado off of the heat, and serve as you wish. Some people prefer eating it in bowls, and others prefer a cup-sized serving. This would be great by itself, but there are also several other serving ideas from Shungu. "I like serving it with Mexican rice," she shares. "The sauce sinks into the rice and adds lots of flavor. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days." We hope you enjoy this delicious dish as much as we do, and cheers to yet another amazing fun and delicious recipe. 

Chile Colorado Recipe
5 from 35 ratings
This recipe for Chile Colorado comes complete with three different types of chiles, providing plenty of spice.
Prep Time
Cook Time
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Total time: 1 hour, 57 minutes
  • 6 dried guajillo chiles
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 2 dried pasilla chiles
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
Optional Ingredients
  • Mexican rice or tortillas, for serving
  • lime slices, for serving
  • radish slices, for serving
  • cilantro, for serving
  1. Remove the stems from the chiles.
  2. Place the chiles and yellow onion into a large saucepan, and cover with 3 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Place the mixture into a blender. Remove the middle section from the blender lid. Place the blender lid on top of the blender, and cover the opening (left by the middle section) with a kitchen towel. Blend on high until completely smooth.
  5. Pour the vegetable oil into a large stockpot.
  6. Season the meat with 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Add ½ of the meat to the pot, and cook until browned on the bottom. Stir, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, or until browned on all sides. Remove the meat, and place onto a plate. Repeat with the remaining meat.
  7. Add all of the meat back to the pot, and add the cumin, oregano, garlic cloves, and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Pour in the remaining 1 cup of chicken stock and the chile mixture, and stir to combine.
  8. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
  9. Cover the pot, and cook for 45 minutes.
  10. Uncover the pot, and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, or until the meat is tender.
  11. Serve with Mexican rice or tortillas.
Calories per Serving 303
Total Fat 14.1 g
Saturated Fat 3.7 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 95.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 9.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
Total Sugars 1.0 g
Sodium 790.4 mg
Protein 37.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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