Recipe: Green Chile Stew


I made awesome stew last night, but I’ll warn you right off the bat – If you’re looking for something with lots of veggies, or some elaborate dish to serve to guests, this probably isn’t your cup of tea. This is more of a “bachelor cooking, not feeling 100%, but wanting something warm that will fill you up before you pass out for the night” sorta recipe.

It’s loosely based off of (as most of my cooking is done) a ranch recipe outta New Mexico from my Trail Boss’ Cowboy Cookbook. You can’t beat green chile peppers, steak and crock pots so this automatically caught my eye this week. I found a $3/lb lean roast at the grocery store and had everything else at the house.

Green Chile Stew (Modified)

1-1/2 lb lean beef roast
2 cans diced green chile
1 can salsa verde
1 can Rotel
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

Cut the roast into bite size pieces, but don’t waste the effort of making them too small. Toss the beef in a little flour, sear beef in hot, oiled pan. Toss beef in crock pot. Dump in cans of vegetables. Yes, peppers definitely count as veggies in my kitchen. Don’t let the cream of mushroom scare you, it definitely makes for the thicker texture of stew. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook on high for 4 hours. Serve hot in bowl. Wash down with cold milk or your cold beverage of choice.

If you feel up to the challenge, I have a feeling this would go awesome with a side of sourdough bread or sopapillas. And add a slice or two of cheese on the side. We’re not talking that American singles junk. Try some Havarti or Gouda. If you’re confused, ask Dairy Carrie. She’s the one who sold me on why having good cheese is worth having around.

And if you’re not up for sticking around for all the prep when you get home at the end of the day, do all the prep work the afternoon before, put the crock in the fridge overnight (or do it the morning of if you’re feeling ambitious), which will let the flavor mix well, and turn on the crock pot as soon as you get home and it’ll cook while you get chores done.

See, you have your Meat, Veggies, and Cheese for the day. Enjoy and wake up feeling better in the morning.

And since I’m not a food photographer, you’ll have to settle for the photo from a New Mexico ranch.

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