The Best Green Chile Stew

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The BEST Green Chile Stew is loaded with bite-size chunks of pork that are seasoned with onion and plenty of garlic.

The pork is simmered in a green chile sauce (that’s salsa verde for those of you who aren’t familiar with the lingo) until tender enough to almost fall apart when you bite it.

Classic New Mexican Green Chile Stew

Filled with that irresistible pork, potatoes, and roasted green chile, this stew is what I dream of when the weather starts cooling off each fall.

And before any other native New Mexican can correct me, I am well aware of the ridiculousness of actually claiming the BEST Green Chile Stew, because technically I do love them all.

That said, this is my family’s BEST Green Chile Stew and we love it more than all the others.

Green Chile Stew

Over the years, I’ve made Green Chile Stew with many different kinds of meat: pork, ground beef, steak, chicken. However, this Green Chile Stew is hands-down our favorite.

Not that I won’t happily try YOUR green chile stew recipe if you send it to me! I don’t discriminate between green chile filled recipes.

You're going to love this Green Chile Stew that you can make in the slow cooker!

Crock-Pot Green Chile Stew

I’ve had so many requests for a slow-cooker version of this recipe, I finally played with it the other day. And I’m oh so happy to tell you that it worked beautifully.

You don’t even need to brown the meat! Just toss every ingredient into the crock-pot all at once and cover it with the lid. Simmer on HIGH for 6 hours. When the potatoes are fork-tender and the pork is tender enough to pull apart, it’s ready to eat!

This is my kind of recipe for sure and it is easy as can be whether you make it on the stove or in the crock-pot! 

Slow Cooker Green Chile Stew

This native New Mexican happily eats her green chile with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Packed with so much flavor and hearty chunks of potatoes and pork, this is a simple winter meal that our entire family enjoys. There is more flavor from all of the chile in this recipe than there is actual heat.

My boys all began eating this green chile stew when they were barely on solid foods. We’re big fans of starting the green chile addiction early in life around here.

Stove-Top OR Crock-Pot Classic Green Chile Stew

If you’re new to cooking with chile or leery of the heat, I recommend starting with a mild green chile. In some grocery stores, you may be lucky enough to find frozen chile in the freezer section of the grocery store.

If frozen isn’t available, you should be able to find canned green chile in different levels of heat in most grocery stores.

Several years ago, I tried making this with sweet potatoes and my family went crazy over it. My favorite version is still the traditional stew made with white potatoes, but it is really great both ways. However you make it, this soup is fantastic. 

Green Chile Stew with Pork and Potatoes is everyone's favorite! Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

For some more New Mexico favorites that you might like to try these Green Chile Chicken EnchiladasCalabacitas, and New Mexico Posole. These recipes are classic.

And if you haven’t tried it yet, Carne en su Jugo (a.k.a. Meat in its Juices) is another dinner that my family really enjoys.

Kitchen Tip: I use this pot or this crock-pot to make this recipe.

Green Chile Stew Stove-Top Recipe

  1. Combine the pork, flour, pepper and garlic powder in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Shake to coat thoroughly and then set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the fresh garlic and onion and sauté until translucent, approximately 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the dusted pork and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Add the chiles, salsa verde, stock and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes.

  3. Add the potatoes and raise heat to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, approximately 15 minutes.

Green Chile Stew Crock-Pot Recipe

  1. Combine the pork, flour, pepper and garlic powder in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Shake to coat thoroughly and then add the dusted pork to the slow-cooker. Add the potatoes, chiles, salsa verde, stock, and salt to the crock-pot.

  2. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH for 6 hours, until the potatoes are fork-tender and the pork can be pulled apart.

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Classic New Mexican Green Chile Stew

The Best Green Chile Stew

4.9 from 46 votes
Filled with tender pork, potatoes, and plenty of green chile, this is classic New Mexican Green Chile Stew at its best. Made on the stove or in the crock-pot, this recipe doubles beautifully!
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound lean pork stew meat chopped into ½” pieces
  • 1/4 cup flour or cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped into 1/2 “ pieces
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup or 7-ounce can freshly roasted or frozen green chile, chopped small
  • 3 1/2 cups or 28 oz can salsa verde or green chile sauce
  • 3 cups chicken stock or water, plus 1 tablespoon chicken base
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
  • 4 cups diced potatoes about 2 large white or sweet potatoes

Instructions

  • Combine the pork, flour, pepper and garlic powder in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Shake to coat thoroughly and then set aside.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the fresh garlic and onion and sauté until translucent, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the dusted pork and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Add the chiles, salsa verde, stock and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and raise heat to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

SLOW COOKER DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in the crock-pot and cover with lid. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours, or until potatoes and pork are tender. (This recipe doubles beautifully!)

Nutrition

Calories: 480kcal · Carbohydrates: 55g · Protein: 34g · Fat: 11g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 79mg · Sodium: 2436mg · Potassium: 1939mg · Fiber: 6g · Sugar: 16g · Vitamin A: 1235IU · Vitamin C: 36.9mg · Calcium: 81mg · Iron: 8.7mg
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{originally posted 1/4/2012 – recipe notes and photos updated 3/25/20}

Green Chile Stew made with pork and potatoes is a classic New Mexico favorite! Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. David says

    Albuquerque/Boulder burrito variation from an old vagabond musician and cook.
    Once the stew is done, keep warm, what follows is/was a fairly common variation in that area.
    *Large oval plates are imperative. Deep or high lip.
    1, Charcoal grill (mesquite helps) or panini, large, no bone, no skin chicken breast(s). Carbon stripes to match the roasted green chili. Slice into strips when done. Lime juice and spice are an option during cooking or after.
    2, Large white flour tortillas.
    3, Rice of your choice but I like to pan fry it a bit, after steaming, with some spices. Dirty rice.
    4, Black beans cooked and spiced. Stir in a cap full of vinegar, at a time, to change the PH and taste until your spice choices start to really pop out. I like Balsamic but that’s me. Lime juice is also effective but perhaps redundant based on what’s happened and what’s to come. No rules really, I’m sure your recipe, as mine has, will evolve based the tastes of you and yours. The PH trick with beans is the main thing. Shhhh, if that trick winds up on the internets, God only knows what could happen!
    5, Place burrito shell in cast iron skillet or similar non stick. Touch of oil to prevent sticking, if needed.
    You just want to warm it up and get a little browned on 1 side but still pliable. Remove when done as it makes assembly much easier.
    6, Quickly put the rice down the middle leaving room to fold and roll once completed.
    Optional- queso blanco drizzle here or anywhere prior to folding and rolling.
    Optional- pan fry onions, shallots and garlic with long sliced red and yellow pepper. Green peppers are fine but “green “ is already pretty well covered.
    Extremely light Fajita spice if any and just for the onion/peppers blend. Cooked until some carbon shows is fine. The peppers can be char grilled with the chicken then, sliced and added to the onion mixture once they turn translucent. Let them cook together for a bit. My personal preference.
    7, Add black beans, chicken. on top of the rice. Additional green chilis are an option but recommend and authentic from those who taught/employed and fed me.
    Few spoonfuls or a handful.
    8, Roll that tortilla up right and tight into a burrito.
    9, Large oval plate time. Center the burrito on the plate, seam down, and ladle the green chili stew over the burrito and covering the whole plate but not overflowing because there’s more to come.
    10, Cover the entire plate with shredded Cheddar cheese and broil briefly. The warm stew will do most of the melting.
    11, Now, take shredded iceberg lettuce and stir in a little lime juice(fresh squeezed always) and a small amount of fresh diced cilantro.
    The lime is not a dressing, just barely enough enough and not dripping wet. Place the lettuce on both sides of the burrito. Add canned black olives next onto the lettuce. Then a few slices of those small tomatoes that are everywhere down there. Again, both sides and fresh cracked black pepper/salt make the tomato’s pop and also adds a visual element as well. Just on the tomato slices only.
    12, So close! Lastly, put a dent in the center of the burrito with a tablespoon or bottom of a shot glass.
    Put a nice dollop of sour cream in the dent. Garnish the sour cream with a sprig or 4 of cilantro.
    13, Pick up the plate (2 hands) and check the weight. It should be heavy as heck and picture perfect.
    14, Try to keep this a secret from your green chili stew loved one(s). Have them close their eyes and drop that plate down from about 1/2 an inch above the table for a nice sonic thud and say “you can look now.”
    Watch their eyes bug out as they scramble for a fork and knife.
    For some reason I really want a green chili cheeseburger from the Frontier and go right back for breakfast in the morning.
    Thanks for the stroll down memory lane/Cornell Dr, right across the street from UNM.

    • David says

      No problem Mary, I enjoyed the memories very much. I would like to say having lived and worked in some very rural and impoverished areas down there, what we call red chili or green chili stew is much more exotic than we may realize.
      Red/green were usually started with bone and scrap meat etc. and cooked down over night, to start.
      The burrito is where the action was if that makes sense. If I may, correct the amount of pork in your recipe to much less(1/2 to a 1/4) and really shred and dice it up to become a part of the whole melange. That much pork is great for stand alone stew, undoubtedly.
      Red is the same as green as far as overall assembly for this “Fiesta” burrito variation, to give this a name. Red gets steak and green gets chicken. Red isn’t a stew, no ground meat, no red beans etc.
      That’s more of a Texas/generic Americana thing. It’s a thin sauce that cooks down forever and you’ll never see the explosion of flavor coming. Steak is grilled just like the chicken. Assembly is identical. Red/steak doesn’t need the lime treatment. Gotta run, so eat, drink and be Mary!!! 😉 Cheers.

  2. Lauren Richards says

    I made this for my family in Michigan at Christmas and added a carrot for color. It was fabulous. Now that I’m back home in China, I get to roast my own chiles for this recipe. They have great varieties of chiles here. A made a batch for a colleague who’s vegan using smoky tofu and vegetable stock. Imported salsa verde is astronomically expensive here, and I’ve yet to find tomatillos in the local vegetable markets to make my own. Even without the salsa verde, it was delicious. This is the best green chile stew I’ve found yet and reminds me of my years in New Mexico. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  3. mjskitchen says

    What’s not to love about your green chile stew? I have eaten enough of it in my days so I know by just looking at it, that it is truly a perfect GC stew. There are so many versions of this stew and they all all good (of course anything with green chile is good :)), but there is just something about this combination that makes it the best. Great stew and thanks so much for the shout on my calabacitas.5 stars

  4. Clarence McGinnis says

    Mary, You are almost right about about your green chili stew. New Mexico style green Chili has to have HATCH GREEN CHILIS! But, you do know that.
    Love you, Uncle Clarence5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      You bet, Uncle Clarence! Hatch green chile is EVERYTHING. Unfortunately, it isn’t available everywhere, but I sure do buy it when it’s available.

  5. Karen O says

    Very good!!!!!
    I seen this recipe and it sounded good. I wasn’t sure my husband would care for it. Unfortunately he is not very adventurous in eating things that are a little different and very difficult to get him to try new things. I knew it would have a hint of a green color and really make him turn away. I am glad he didn’t sway me not to try it! I figured he could find something else in the fridge to eat. He tried it only because I make your recipe for pork sirloin roast that he loves. I told him it was one of your recipes. He tried it and he likes it!!!
    I know he’s not lying because he ate two bowls!
    Thanks again…. it was great!5 stars

  6. Chris says

    Planning on trying this with ground beef over the next week as that’s all I’ve got on hand at the moment – will let you know how it turns out even though I love me some pork in green Chile! If you have any suggested modifications with the beef let me know and will be sure to implement.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’ve made green chile stew with beef too, Chris! It’s good that way. Just cook and crumble the beef and skip ahead to adding the potatoes. There’s no need to simmer the beef in the liquids for as long as the pork.

    • Chris says

      FYI I forgot to follow up on this and it came out great! Fried up some potatoes as a side and poured this over them on each plate and was a hit!

  7. Michael Myers says

    Did the stew tonight. It was great, The El Pinto brand diced green chiles I used were hotter than expected. I’ll tame it down with some sour cream. My favorite local Mexican restaurant here in a Los Angeles suburb adds corn to its puercos en salsa verde con papas. So I added a cup of frozen corn kernels to the dish. It was great.

    Only comment on the recipe is that a single tablespoon of olive oil to sweat the onion and garlic and brown the pork was a bit light. I wound up adding two more tablespoons of oil. Otherwise the recipe was perfect.5 stars

  8. Matthew Johnson says

    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. YOU MUST ALWAYS BROWN THE MEAT BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE CROCK POT. On top of that pour the chicken stock into the pan you browned the meat in to get all the flavor, then add that to the crockpot.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hey, Matthew. The fun of recipes is that we can do them our own ways. If you’d like to check the original recipe, I do brown the meat. In the case of Crock Pot recipes, though, it’s usually developed to make cooking the meal easier.

  9. Lauren says

    This looks delicious but as a Coloradan (we’re second to NM in our love of green chile), green chile and salsa verde are not interchangeable! While this is a convincing green chile recipe — thick, brothy, savory and filled with pork (even better with corn masa, fyi) — salsa verde is made with tomatillo and is far lighter and tangier. If someone here is promised green chile and served salsa verde, heads roll!4 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      This is the New Mexico green chile recipe that I learned how to make while living in New Mexico, Lauren. I am aware that Colorado has a different style of preparing green chile recipes.

    • Judy Wohler says

      Mary, this looks amazing and I am going to make it tonight for dinner. What happens in Colorado should stay in Colorado. New Mexico knows how to make their food right.

    • Pandora1230 says

      Lauren, I totally agree. Heads will roll if you’re given “salsa verde” instead of green chile. I don’t even know what salsa verde even is since I’ve never gotten near a tomatillo before. I live in Albuquerque, so yeah, I’m familiar with New Mexican cuisine. However, I’m a fan of red, not green. 🙂

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