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Melissa's Green Chile Stew Recipe
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Melissa's Green Chile Stew

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"My sister-in-law from New Mexico made this for us over the holidays. Very delicious and satisfying - especially with home-made tortillas!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into pot and cook, stirring frequently, until well-browned. Drain excess fat, and return to the stove.
  2. Add potatoes, stewed tomatoes, green chilies, onion, and water to the pot with the beef, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour to blend flavors. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2011

i'm from new mexico and i would definitely use beef stew meat, ground pork, or other pork meat instead of ground beef. it's ok with ground beef, i use it sometimes, but i prefer the others instead... you may need to cook it longer for the stew meat to really soften. i would also add a little cumin.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 01, 2009

Using cubed sauteed pork or chicken instead of ground beef, using chicken broth instead of water, adding oregano and garlic, cubed cooked potatoes, and a drained can of pinto beans will elevate the taste. Please use only fresh or frozen green chile. Top stew with grated cheese and/or sour cream and serve with warm flour tortillas.


15 Ratings

Nov 11, 2008

My Grandma and Grandpa were the masters of this dish. It's definitely a comfort food. The proportions in the recipe are good, but I go through the whole process of roasting and peeling green chile when I make it. I cook the onion along with the beef and drain. We like ours with more liquid, so I always add beef broth. In addition, the posted recipe didn't use garlic, but it is a must have. Green chiles without garlic is like pizza without cheeze. It's a great base to tweak to your own liking. Also, it's really inexpensive.

Dec 01, 2006

I thought this was very good and filling. I didn't have an onion, so I substituted onion powder. I used homemade green verde sauce instead of green chili peppers. It was good, but I thought it could have used a little something else.

Feb 04, 2008

Not bad. I added about 16 oz of beef broth since I wanted more of a soup.

Oct 06, 2006

Even with my changes to the recipe, this was just ok. We were disappointed that it was so bland. I used 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes and 1 14 oz can of crushed tomatoes and 1 14 oz can of beef broth and omitted the water. I also increased the amount of chopped onions to 3/4 cup, added 2 cloves of minced garlic and a TBSP of worcestershire sauce. I used a combination of chopped hot peppers, and the stew is still only mildly spicy. We will try one more time with more revisions like using stew meat rather than ground beef and more peppers and onions and garlic. Hopefully, this will be a keeper after our next try.

Sep 02, 2006

Use pork chunks instead of ground beef and chicken stock instead of water.

Feb 29, 2004

Really surprisingly flavorful broth! This was delicious with tortilla chips and a little bit of cheese! Its a definite comfort food soup, it was my meat-and-potatoes husband's first choice when asked what he'd like me to make for dinner. I simmered this an extra amount of time in a crock pot after cooking it on the stove.


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  • Calories
  • 320 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.6 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 16.4 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 858 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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