Chile Colorado Recipe

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Chile Colorado
Preparation Time:
3 hours
Mexican Cuisine
A large pot, Pan, Knife, Serving dish.
Skill Level:

Chile Colorado Ingredients

  • Eight red chilies (new Mexico, California, guajillo etc),
  • Three lbs of beef roast, 
  • Water, 
  • A can of beef broth, 
  • A can of tomato sauce, 
  • Four cloves of garlic which should be peeled and diced finely, 
  • A tablespoon of dry oregano, 
  • A teaspoon of salt, 
  • Two tablespoons of oil 

Preparation Method for Chile Colorado Recipe


The chilies need to be rehydrated and then ground in to a paste in order to extract the maximum amount of flavor. 


All the beef needs to be cooked in a large pot while completely covered in water for nearly two to three hours. After this one has to remove the beef from the pot while throwing away the water.


The beef then needs to be cut in to small pieces and fried in a pan with a bit of oil. These pieces of beef should not be deep fried but glazed and fried till they have a nice golden shade to it. One can then add the rest of the ingredients like beef broth, tomato sauce, salt and chili paste. After adding these ingredients one has to let all of it simmer for about thirty minutes. 


This dish is best served with freshly made flour tortillas and a few finely diced onion rings garnished with a few sprigs of cilantro. The freshness of the ingredients matters a lot as this dish can go horribly wrong with a few mistakes. The secret to a successful Chile Colorado is the cooking of the meat. It is very important to get the meat tender and properly cooked.


Preparation Time

3 ½ hours. This is due to the fact that takes a long time for the meat to cook tenderly.


This dish can be consumed for lunch or for dinner.