The traditional green chile stew that I remember eating while growing up in New Mexico was always made from the same three basic ingredients; beef or pork, potatoes, and green chile.
When I was newly married and learning to cook, I asked friends for their recipes; only to be grinned at and then told that it is just those three things plus water.
If you’re a fan of the more traditional Green Chile Stew made with pork, you’ll want to check out that recipe too. (Green Chile Stew with pork is my personal favorite.)
New Mexican Green Chile Stew
- 1½ pounds beef stew meat cut into bite size pieces
- 8-10 baby red potatoes cut into bite size pieces or 3 red potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 large garlic clove minced
- 6 cups water
- kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste - for cooking the meat
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt - for soup broth
- 7 ounces chopped green chile use fresh for more heat
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a large soup pot, warm the oil and then brown the meat. Season with salt and pepper as it browns. Add all remaining ingredients, EXCEPT potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about an hour, or until the meat is tender. Add the potatoes and continue simmering until they are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Enjoy!
- * As with many of the recipes I've scribbled down in the past, especially ones from friends and their families in NM, the directions were often vague. I hadn't made this for my family in a few years and I started tossing everything together in the pot the other day, while I was making it. Completely forgetting the hour long simmer for the meat. We all still enjoyed this, despite the fact our jaws had a work out on that beef. You can bet I won't forget to simmer the meat next time!
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The Blonde Duck says
Oh yes, please.
I could go for a bowl of that!
Simple and comforting… what's not to love?
Sue/the view from great island says
I need a bowl of this today, we're having our first blizzard of the season!
I've been looking for a recipe for the Roasted Green Chilies in my freezer. Living in AZ, and buying them from a local farm who gets them from New Mexico, does that make them somewhat local…? 🙂 Definitely going to try this recipe, thanks!
As far as I'm concerned, YES! Which farm are you buying them from? I would love to find a local source for real NM green chile!
Pinnacle Farms http://www.phoenixpinnaclefarms.com/ and I can also find them at the farmer's market at Park West when they're in season through some of the farms there. They usually come roasted and frozen.
Is this spicy, or just warm?
It depends on the chiles and how much of them you use. If you want to avoid too much spice, just use canned chiles. You can add more until it is the level of heat that you prefer.
Hope that helps,
Tricia @ saving room for dessert says
Chewy meat is fun! But this does sound great – and way too easy. Have I ever told you how much I appreciate you, your blog, your wonderful recipes, your sweet disposition, and your comments? You are a dear lady and I hope to meet you one day! Have a lovely Thursday.
[email protected] eco friendly homemaking says
Oh this looks so yummy!! I am always excited to find delicious easy recipes.
Oh wow. This sounds clean, flavorful, and delicious!
The Slow Roasted Italian says
Sounds simple and looks delicious!
The Harried Cook says
This looks and sounds SO delicious! I love green chiles 🙂 I use them fresh and I use a LOT of them 🙂 Love your recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂
CANNOT wait! I need to compare this to the recipe Jenny gave me…I still have some chile in the freezer!
Our recipes are very similar. She usually adds tomatoes to hers though. 🙂 Enjoy!
Words Of Deliciousness says
Sounds simple and delicious.
Becki's Whole Life says
I love comfort food with a little kick like this. Yummy!
I have been wanting to make a chili verde for the past two months. Yours looks so good!
Constance Plank says
A friend of mine sends me spices every year from New Mexico for. Dried Green Chile powder makes this stew even better- I made some last night! What I have is from Harvest Gifts- Clarabelle & Salomon-505/281-0696. I spoke to Clarabelle today, because I want to order some as Christmas Gifts for a fellow foodie friend. Clarabelle is 70, and doesn't do computers, what you do is call, ask for prices, mail her a check, and she'll ship with your card to your friend. I have absolutely NO relationship to this woman other than A) using her spices for years, and B) today's phone call. But, if you are interested in shopping small, this is where to go. And Med green chile powder was one of those life-changing discoveries for me. And if this is inappropriate, please go ahead and delete it.
Here is an old trick we use for those of you who appreciate spicy foods but don't like it too spicy, Just add a teaspoonful of sugar a little at a time until you get it to the spiciness desired. The sugar will only diminish the heat of the chile but NOT interfere with the flavor of the dish itself. This can be done to any dishes containing chile to cut back on the spiciness. Enjoy.!!