After waiting too long and not getting my whole order from a eatery here, I found that their raved about Green Chili Stew was no more than a flour and water concoction with GCs added. I vowed that I would figure out how to make a better version. This is the outcome. If you like a little kick in the back of your throat, this one's for you, too!
1In crock pot, toss in ham bone. I used one from my spiral cut ham that was cooked night before and frozen overnight.
2Dump in frozen green chilies straight from tub, if you can get it to pop out.
3Add dried onions. We love them, so 1 cup may seem like quite a bit. I promise that this will not be what you taste in the end. :)
4Add one and half cup of water and liquid smoke.
5Add the can of veg broth.
6Chop up the carrots. I didn't even peel these suckers. Sliced them up and tossed 'em in the pot.
7Clean up the 2 small- medium (depends on your taste, I didn't want them to take over with their consistency when blended). Chop potatoes into about 1/4" cubes. Not terribly important, will be blended. I didn't peel these either.
8Toss in cube of beef bouillon.
9Roll lime around a bit to make it juicy. Cut in half and squeeze into pot. Watch for seeds.
10Toss in the teaspoon of dried jalapenos, if you can handle them. The kind that I buy are kinda hot when simmered.
11Coarsely chop garlic cloves. We LOVE garlic, too, but use the amt makes you feel comfortable. I assure you that this also will not be what you taste in the end. :)
12I buy a large bag of peeled garlic cloves from Sam's. It's a lovely short-cut, but the garlic must be inspected for white spots when buying. Learned that the hard way.
13Set Crock pot for 3 hours at high. Mine has programming so I am able to also add 1 hour at low.
14Remove ham bone or other bones used.
15Scoop most of the hot stew into a blender or processor. Pulse until smooth. I left about a cup to two cups of stew in the crock so that there is a little chunky texture in the end.
Add smooth mixture back to the crock pot. And set it for another couple hours.
16Add Bulgur Wheat or other grain.
17Dump in 3 cans of Hatch green chilies and stir pot up. I added an extra splash of water here.
18Allow pot to cook until grain is hydrated. This took mine less than half hour.
19I served the stew over Frito Corn Chips with cheese grated on top. To mine, I added the little bit of ham that cooked on the bone