Chile con Carne (AKA Chili Colorado)

Melissa Baldan


My grandmother's grandmother taught her this wonderful recipe. It had been handed down from generations. My family had immigrated from Spain to Mexico then to America. Just a wonderful family recipe with rich historical value... (My great great grandfather was one of the 1st Silver Dons to settle in San Diego, Ca!)

Cooking tips:
I use different types of chiles throughout the year. Sometimes I use green chiles and sometimes red.
During cooking some of the liquid may cook off. Add more liquid to keep the consistency you like. I like mine on the thicker side, but you may enjoy it more soupy


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40 Min
3 Hr 30 Min


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  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 1 tsp
    mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground coriander seeds
  • 7
    large chiles, washed - stems and seeds removed.
  • 3 c
  • 1 lb
    stew beef
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    koser salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 large
  • 2 c
    broth or water
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato paste

How to Make Chile con Carne (AKA Chili Colorado)


  1. In a medium pot bring to boil the 3 cups water and chiles. Remove from heat and allow the chiles to sit in water for about 30-40 min. Strain the chiles over a bowl to reserve the liquid.
  2. In a food processor or blender put the chiles and a bit of the liquid and puree, adding more liquid if needed, until a sauce is formed. (better to start out with less and add it then to add too much in the beginning). Remove any tough skins left in sauce.
  3. In a small ramekin mix together garlic, oregano, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin and coriander. Stir into chile "sauce" and set the sauce aside.
  4. Combine flour, salt and pepper and sprinkle over the beef.
  5. In a large stockpot heat olive oil to medium and sautee onion until soft. Add beef chunks and cook until just browned. Stir in chile sauce mixture. Add beef broth/stock or water until beef is covered.
  6. Reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer for 3 hours.
  7. Serve with chopped green onion, shredded cheese and tortillas.

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About Chile con Carne (AKA Chili Colorado)

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili
Regional Style: Mexican
Hashtags: #chile, #carne

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