If there are a thousand ways to make green chili enchiladas then there are a million ways to make green chili stew. I imagine there are as many green chili stew recipes as there are mothers, in New Mexico. I have three recipes myself. So, on each of next three nights, I will be sharing one of my green chili stew recipes.
Daddy’s Favorite Green Chile Stew
In New Mexico, people make green chile stew from just about anything, including venison and lamb. I’m sure there are even several vegan recipes floating around. My favorite version is made with big chunks of pork shoulder. It is very similar to another New Mexico favorite which is a red chile pork stew called Carne Adovada. Just like Carne Adovada, I like to put my green chile stew in a corn tortilla and top it off with crumbly queso fresco, fresh jalapeno and onions and a twist of lime. This is a ridiculously yummy recipe, and yes it’s easy. Make this meal on a weekend or sometime when you will be around the house, as it is best cooked in a crock pot.
- 2.5 lbs pork shoulder meat cut into stew sized pieces.
- 1 -2 lbs of diced green chiles (fresh roasted and peeled or canned)
- 1 lg. onion diced
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground oregano
- 1 tbsp salt
- 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Note: As with most of my recipes, the amount of spices and herbs should be to your taste. The amounts I provide in my recipes is on the conservative. If you love a spice try adding more. Don’t like it? Leave it out.
Step 1 – Cut the pork into 2 inch square cubes. You should have 2.5 lbs. Brown it lightly in the oil on high heat. Total time should be around three minutes.
Step 2- Add the meat, onions, green chiles and spices to a crock pot and cook on high for 3 hrs. and then low for 3 more hrs. Serve and enjoy.
Heat up corn tortillas, put two or three chunks of meat inside and top with whatever you like. Here is a list of things you can top it with.
- Queso Fresco
- Fresh Sliced Jalapeno
- Diced Onions
- Sour Cream
- Sliced Avocadoes
This meal is wonderful anytime but I particularly love it on cold weekends. It is so ridiculously easy to make. I hope you will give it a try. If you do, please let me know how it turned out.