New Mexico Green Chile Stew

In November, 1992, my friend Christine Hall taught me to make this. We made it together for some Tibetan monks who were visiting Albuquerque. Christine got the recipe from her friend, long-time Albuquerque resident, Joe Sanchez. I think it was something his family made often. We've modified it some over the years. The recipe below uses an already-prepared roasted pork or chicken, but, see the Appendix below for another how to prepare both the chicken and broth yourself. That's how Christine and I originally made it.

Serves 6.

The Recipe

Ingredients: Steps:
  1. At any step below, you can salt and pepper to taste. Be careful not to over-salt if the chicken broth is already salty.
  2. Bring the broth to a boil.
  3. Saute the onions and garlic with a little oil in a skillet.
  4. Add the sauteed onions and thawed green chile to the broth.
  5. Stir in the beans, chicken, garlic, and (optional) tomatoes. Cook just till it returns to a boil.
  6. Serve with warm flour tortillas or tortilla chips corn bread and (optional) grated cheese.
  1. We've found the most inexpensive cuts of pork (e.g. pork butt) roast nicely and are good in stews.
  2. It is easy to roast a chicken. We often roast a couple of chickens and a pork butt in the same big pan, at the same time.
  3. And be sure to make broth from te bones and drippings after you roast your chicken or pork.
  1. Add 4 medium potatoes, cut into small pieces (red or white rose are nice). We made it with potatoes for years, but recently started omitting them and find we enjoy it just as much, or more, without the potatoes. If you include the potatoes, add them to the boiling broth at the beginning. Add the onions and green chiles to this and boil till potatoes are tender and then add beans and meat.
  2. Add 2-3 fresh ripe tomatoes, cut into bite size pieces (optional, but highly recommended)
  3. Adjust any of the ingredients to taste. E.g., more beans, more chile.
  4. If you are making the beans yourself and the juice in the beans tastes good, use it in place of some of the broth. (But don't overdo the bean juice.)

Appendix: One way to prepare chicken and broth yourself

Bone 2 lb. chicken and remove skin. As you remove bones, add them to a covered pot of 1-1/2 quart boiling water to make broth. Use this broth for the chicken broth in above recipe. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and put in a heavy dutch oven or skillet. Sautee the chicken along with the garlic and onions till the onions are done. (Probably no need to add any oil.) Be careful not to overcook the chicken (that will make it tough). Use this mixture for the chicken, garlic, onions, and oil in the above recipe.

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