I lift the spoon from the crockpot to taste and the aroma instantly transports me. I close my eyes and I am in the plaza of Santa Fe. I reopen them and I am in my kitchen in Pueblo.
Here in Pueblo, Colorado they take their chilies as seriously as New Mexicans. I am growing New Mexican red chilies in my gardens but to say that I prefer them would be fightin’ words in these parts. I picked up Pueblo chili seeds for next year!
The climate here is very similar to New Mexico and chilies grow great. The Pueblo Chili Festival is taken as seriously as the State Fair. Doug and I went and checked it out, took in the aromas of roasting chilies, and the many, many booths of salsas, ristras, and beans. We brought home a basket of chilies, onions, garlic, and a big bag of local pinto beans.
And then I made the best green chili of my life. Here is the recipe!
Farmgirl’s Pueblo Green Chili
You will need 8 chilies. I used 5 (supposedly) mild green chilies, 2 poblano, and 1 sweet pepper. You can roast on the grill, in the oven, or on a gas stove top. Use tongs to blacken the skin all around and then immediately place in a freezer bag. The steam loosens the skin.
Brown half a pound of stew meat, cut up smaller, dredged in 3/4 of a cup of masa mixed with a little salt and pepper, in a few tablespoons of olive oil. Put in crockpot.
In same pan sauté with a little more oil 1/2 an onion. Add to crockpot.
Mince 6 cloves of garlic.
To prepare chilies, scrape skin off with the side of a knife. Slice open and remove seeds. Cut up chilies.
Add all to crockpot with 2 cups of diced, peeled tomatoes with juice (I was tired by then so I just opened one of the jars I already canned).
Add 3 cups of broth (I used my homemade corn and red chili broth)
1 T salt
1 ts pepper
2 ts oregano
1 ts cumin
Add 1/2 cup of beans.
Pour in rest of masa used for dredging.
Cook on low for 8 hours. Sneak a taste every so often because it is so good.
A cold beer and goat cheese cooled the heat from the chilies. Fritos made it a little closer to Frito pie from New Mexico. If you close your eyes you will find yourself basking in the sun in the plaza of Sant….um, I mean Pueblo!