Tag: Green Chili

Pueblo Green Chili Recipe

Pueblo Green Chili is not like any other Chili you have tried.  It’s different, but delicious to say the least!  Pueblo Chile taste great with warmed tortillas or on top of an open face hamburger (in Pueblo we call that a Slopper).  Typically Pueblo green chili is pretty hot, so if you like a more mild flavor you can use Anaheim peppers instead.

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds of diced pork (or hamburger)
6-8 Pueblo roasted green chilies, skin removed, cut into small pieces
1 small yellow onion diced
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1/4 cup of flour (approx.)
30 ounces of water or chicken broth (your choice)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup of diced fresh tomatoes or 1 (12 ounce) can of Rotel tomatoes & chilies
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

Directions

1. In large skillet brown pork in oil, until the meat is slightly pink.
2. Add onion and garlic, cook until they become soft. Add flour and stir, browning flour like if you were making gravy.
3. Add water (or chicken broth) slowing and keep stirring until it’s bubbling.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, then turn heat to low.

Tip: For picky eaters that don’t like chunks of tomato, peppers, or RoTel, place them into a blender and puree them!

Common Uses

Served in bowl
Smothered burritos
Inside breakfast burritos
Open face hamburgers (we call these sloppers)
Smothered enchiladas

It also freezes well too!

Chile, Chili, or Chilli

Chile Chili Chilli

We have just over a month to go until the 20th Annual Chile & Frioles Festival! (September 19-21) So after a bit of discussion, we’ve decided to focus on our beloved Pueblo Chile for the next month! (Don’t worry – we’ll still be bringing you local events, but since we are ALL THINGS PUEBLO? We figured we should focus on the all important Pueblo Chile! )

While discussing which of our favorite chile recipes to feature (Like this delicious recipe for Pueblo Green Chile!) we decided that we needed to settle this debate first. Chile, Chili or Chilli? The Official Chile Fest site uses the “Chile” spelling. (Growing up, I always heard that Chile was the pepper, and Chili was the soup!) But I know that everyone I know uses different spellings, so I did a bit of investigating.

Sure, I know it doesn’t mean much in the scheme of things, but I thought it could be a fun way to kick off our Chile Season!

So what exactly are we debating? Capsicum Peppers – specifically Green Chile Peppers, ideally from Pueblo of course!

Before we really start? Let’s rule out Chilly. (Which wasn’t even technically in the running – but let’s throw it out there anyway!) According to my good friend, Miriam-Webster, Chilly is :  noticeably cold, feeling cold or noticeably unfriendly. (No mention of yummy peppers anywhere!)

Chilli is less commonly used, but still in the running. I found several articles and blogs referring to Chilli (with the double L ) being used by the Aztecs as describing a spicy fruit. One of the best blogs I found was this Spicelines post about the same topic, in which she points to Francisco Hernandez de Toledo and his writings. (I read a lot, but I have never ventured to read anything by King Phillip II’s physician!) So in a historical fashion, Chilli is indeed an acceptable spelling.

Chili is probably the most commonly used spelling. Although many foodie blogs, such as Hot Sauce Fever and MJ’s Kitchen, have come to the agreement that Chili is referring to the actual dish. A soup-like meal of meat, vegetables (especially chile’s) and a variety of spices and broth or water.

Chile overwhelmingly around the internet seems to be agreed upon as the proper spelling for the pepper.  (Although Grammarphobia seems to agree that either spelling is acceptable.)

Does it really matter which spelling you use? No, it doesn’t. Either way? Pueblo Chile Peppers are a huge part of our local culture, no way to overlook that! (Fun little fact – according to the Pueblo Chieftain? The Pueblo Chile is slighting hotter than the Jalapeno on the Scoville Scale – Jalapeno — 2,500-5,000 :  Pueblo — 5,000-6,000 : Serrano — 10,000-20,000 )

The area is known for its Pueblo chili, which is a mirasol type of pepper. It means “looking at the sun” in Spanish, Musso says. They are one of the few peppers that grow straight up, as opposed to New Mexico chilies that grow hanging down. –Colorado Springs Gazette