Chile Colorado con Carne / Mexican Beef Stew

A plate of Chile Colorado, rice, and beans with tortillas make this meal unforgettable.

It’s a traditional Mexican dish of tender pieces of beef stewed in a flavorful red chile sauce.
Chile Colorado
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Chile Colorado translates to red chile sauce and that’s just what it is, with its color derived from a blend of dried chiles. The origins of this sauce are unclear, but it seems to have come from the state of Chihuahua in Mexico and has migrated up into New Mexico. 

Most people who make Chile Colorado con Carne use chili powder but you can make homemade red chile sauce from dried chile peppers for a more authentic taste. Chile colorado con Carne can be served as a meal with rice and beans, or in a large tortilla as a burrito for lunch.

Chile Colorado

🌶What you need to Make Chile Colorado

  • Meat: Chuck Roast or shoulder cut into bite-size pieces

  • Chile Powder: I prefer New Mexico Chile Powder (you will find it in the Hispanic aisle at the grocery store) or homemade red chile sauce.

  • Seasonings: salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and black pepper

  • Cooking oil: Vegetable oil, olive oil, or lard 

  • 🌶How to Make Chile Colorado

  • In a large skillet, brown meat cubes in cooking oil until well cooked. 

  • Add 3 T cooking oil to a medium skillet on medium-high heat, and then add flour to make a quick roux.

  • Add chile powder, water, and seasonings to the roux

    • Then add chile mixture to meat and mix thoroughly over medium heat. Heat to a light boil, then reduce heat and let simmer, stirring frequently from 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with rice, beans, and a flour tortilla.  Enjoy

    Chile Colorado Burrito

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