Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chile Colorado

Last month marked the 3rd anniversary of my dear grandfather's passing.  As a tribute to him, I thought I'd share his favorite recipe.

Chile Colorado


  • 2 pounds pork loin or pork roast, cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 dried guajillo chilies
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon (I use a cube of Knorr-Suiza Caldo de Costilla)

In a 2-quart saucepan,  combine the pork meat, onion and garlic.  Add enough water to cover the meat and season with salt.  Cover saucepan and cook over high heat until water begins to boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the meat is tender.  (About 60 to 90 minutes.)

While the meat is cooking, cook the dried chilies in a medium saucepan with the 3 cups of water until the chilies are soft.  Let cool slightly.

Remove the stems and seeds from the chilies.  Puree the chilies in a blender with the water they were cooked in until smooth.  Season with salt; set aside.

Once the meat is tender. heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Saute the chopped onion and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the pork meat and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the chile puree and season with the chicken bouillon.  *If the mixture is too thick, add some of the broth that the meat was cooked in, one cup at a time until desired consistency. 

Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.  Serve with a side of refried beans or add 2 cups of Cooked Beans to the stew.  Enjoy!!!

With Love,


  1. i'd love to try the stew, but i'm scared of the chili :(

  2. What a great way to remember your grandfather. I'm sure he'd be proud of you.

    This looks great Leslie.

  3. Thank you! I have never made this before and I know your directions will be easy to follow. Tonight I will make this for my love upon request. She asked me to make this for her and I have I had no idea where to start. Now I do. :)

  4. Excellant!
    A little spicy for my wife, but the balance of flavors made it a hit with us all, including the grandkids.

  5. made this today and was delicious..just added a little cumin to sauce and oreganoto meat as i fried..thank you

  6. Yay! Finally a recipe for Chile Colorado like my mom used to make it...with pork instead of beef. Thank you!

  7. Bomb! Bomb! Bomb!!! so much for my diet lol :) thank you!

  8. I love this recipe! Simple & delicious. Yum



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