Boulder Green Chile Chili

Submitted by: D. Keith Robinson

I love chili. I love chiles. This is my take at combining a traditional Texas (where I live, and famous for, well, beef) style chili with a bit of Colorado (where I'm from, and famous for green chili) influence. It uses beef and a ton of delicious Hatch Valley chiles. As with anything chili, it can be remixed to your own particular tastes, it's much more an art than it is a science.


Chili Spices


  1. Set your oven to broil.
  2. Peel and finely chop garlic. Dice the onions. Set aside.
  3. Cut the tomatoes in half.
  4. Put the tomatoes and whole chiles on a baking sheet, coat them with olive oil. Cover the tomatoes in 1/2 of the chopped garlic and then broil for until nicely roasted. You'll likely want to pull the garlic and tomatoes a bit before the chiles so they don't burn. The chiles should be pretty crispy so you can pull the skin off easily.
  5. While the chiles and and tomatoes are roasting, brown the beef with one of the onions and drain any excess fat. Use a large pot, we're making a lot of delicious chili here!
  6. Add the spice mix and 2 cups of water to the beef and mix well.
  7. Peel and slice chiles lengthwise and discard seeds (or most of them anyway.) If you need to, throw them in the freezer for a little bit to make the easier to peel. Once this is done, dice them and add them to the beef.
  8. Put the tomatoes in a blender for a bit, you don't want to liquify them, but get them nice and chopped up. Add them to the beef.
  9. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes. The longer the chili simmers, the better it'll taste.
  10. About 10 minutes before you're ready to serve, add the beans.
  11. If you want a thinner chili, add the dark beer. If not, drink it.
  12. If you want a thicker chili, mix 2 tablespoons of Masa Flour with 1/4 cup of warm water and then stir it into the chili. Repeat if needed.
  13. Add salt and cayenne to taste. This is the fun part.
  14. Serve with any of the following: grated cheese, the rest of the diced onion, some fresh tomato, corn chips and sour cream.

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