Makes 8 to 9 cups

Notes: This version of chile colorado, which combines beef and pork, is from Christine Keff, chef-owner of Flying Fish restaurant in Seattle. In late spring Keff will open another Seattle restaurant, Fandango, featuring the cuisines of Mexico and South America--head for the bar area for "street foods" like tacos. Garnish chile colorado tacos with minced cilantro, chopped onions, Mexican crema, and Lone Star pico de gallo. If cooking meat up to 3 days ahead, chill airtight; freeze to store longer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Discard chili stems and seeds. Rinse chilies, put in a bowl, and add 2 1/2 cups boiling water. Let stand, mixing occasionally, until chilies are limp, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain chilies, reserving 3/4 cup soaking liquid; discard remainder.

Step 2

In a blender or food processor, whirl chilies, reserved soaking liquid, onions, and garlic until smoothly puréed.

Step 3

Pour oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add beef and pork, 1 layer at a time; stir often until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes per batch. As meat is browned, transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Discard any fat in pan.

Step 4

Return meat and accumulated juices to pan; add chili mixture, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and beer. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until meat is very tender when pierced, 3 to 3 1/2 hours. If sauce is thinner than you like, uncover and simmer until reduced to desired consistency, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Nutritional analysis per 1/2 cup.

Flying Fish, Seattle, WA

Ratings & Reviews

erinslac's Review

November 06, 2011

susieguzzi1's Review

February 02, 2011
Really Good. Easier than it sounds to make. Added two bay leaves while it was cooking. Great leftover! We have been eating it in burritos with black beans and cheese all week.