Pueblo Green Chile Recipe #1

or... A New Flavor of Heartburn

Ah, Pueblo style green chile. Pueblo, CO, my hometown is famous for their particular varietal of chile pepper; the Pueblo Green Chile a.k.a. Mira Sol. The chile tends to be larger than a jalapeño and smaller than a Anaheim. The thick flesh makes the chile perfect for roasting and its particular rich flavor is great for a chile stew.

By the way… way too much though went into the spelling of chili / chile. I've settled on chile for both the pepper the stew. Chili just doesn't work for me, it just makes me think of Chili's the restaurant! Ugh…

Pueblo Green Chile Closeup My family loves green chile and we make a version of it at least once a month. Tonight we planned for green chile smothered burritos and my sister Lisa suggested trying something new. This recipe is quite different from our standard. Tonight we minced rather than chopped both the onion and chile. The onion was almost puréed and we boiled/steamed and shredded the pork rather than cubing and frying. Also the usage of the dried spices was new. Normally we might use a bit of Spanish oregano and the pinch of chipotle but the coriander and cilantro were new additions.

The result was a chile much thicker and less gravy like than normal. The spices changed the character of the chile considerably; the flavor was very rich and complex though we felt that the flavor of the green chile peppers themselves were muted. To some extent we thought the chile tasted like a combination of our normal red and green chiles. Smothered over ground beef and bean burritos this chile was fantastic.
 

Pueblo Green Chile Variation #1

1 pound pork stew meat (rough chopped fatty pork chop)
1 1/2 cups green chile peppers, minced (roasted and peeled
1/2 med onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 14.5 oz can diced tomato (fire roasted preferred)
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon red chile powder
1 tablespoon cilantro, dried
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 teaspoon salt, plus extra to taste

Instructions

  1. Dredge pork in 2T flour and brown in 2T vegetable oil in pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Cook pork until browned ~3-5 mins, stirring occasionally, no not fully cook pork. Add chicken broth and increase heat to high. Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Attach the lid to the pressure cooker and bring to pressure. Reduce heat to med-low and cook at pressure for 5 mins. Quick release pressure and set aside pork and broth in a medium bowl.
  2. In now empty pressure cooker, over medium heat sauté onion in remaining 4 T oil until slightly translucent ~3 mins. Reduce heat to med-low and add the 4 T flour and slowly brown until flour-onion mixture loses its raw flour taste ~5 mins. Add garlic and cook until fragrant ~30 seconds. Add spices and roast for ~30 seconds. Add chile, tomato and 1/3 broth from pork, stir to mix and raise heat to medium. The green chile will thicken; add additional 1/3 broth and again let thicken. Finally add remaining 1/3 broth, cover pot and reduce heat to lowest, total thickening should take ~10 mins. Chile consistency can be adjusted by added additional chicken broth.
  3. While chile thickens shred the stewed pork using either two forks or by smashing with a single fork. Add the shredded pork into the chile. Adjust salt to taste and let chile simmer for 30-60 mins; if longer it may be necessary to add additional chicken broth.
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7 Responses to “Pueblo Green Chile Recipe #1”

  1. Can you use dried chiles and rehydrate or can you substitute with another type? It looks really really easy and good. I don’t do much with pressure cooker except octopus and ox tail but it seems like a good solution for time saving. Thanks for recipe.

    • Interesting, I've not come across dried green chilies before, is this something that is widely available?  The quality of the chile is critical for the success of the recipe.  The best are the green chilies of Colorado and New Mexico.  If you can't make it to Colorado at harvest, the next best bet is ording Hatch Chile online.  Or if you have to, roast and peel some store bought anaheim and jalapeno chiles.

      The pressure cooker is not necessary for this recipe, it only speeds up the cooking of the pork.

      Good luck, let us know how it goes!

      • I too live in Texas (but am from Denver). This texmex junk they have in Texas is a poor representation of real mexican food!! You can’t find good green chili here! Luckily I was able to visit home recently and had some GOOD GREEN CHILI!!!!! :)

  2. I grew up in Pueblo as well but I live in Orange County…just thinking about going to Rita’s or the Mill Stop for Chicken Enchiladas or Grays for a slopper…it is torture to think about since I can’t have it….

    • I live in California now too and I find the Mexican food so different than what I grew up with.  Here they just don’t have the same concept of green chile that you might smother over a burrito.  Most of the time a chile verde is really just a tomatillo sauce.

      Luckily I get back to Colorado often so I can get my fix!

      • I live in Texas (I’m from Denver) & it simply hurts my feelings to not be able to get Good Mexican food. I thought everyone knew what green chile was! Never imagined Mexican food any other way. The rest of the world has truly missed out! ;-) makes me homesick…I need a fix

    • Oh I soo feel your pain! There is no food in the world like Pueblo