Chile Colorado

Chili colorado with yellow rice and a tortilla

Over the winter Phillip kept telling me how he wanted to make Chile Colorado and I had never heard of the dish before. One night Phillip made the dish and I was absolutely blown away. How I ever dismissed this dish in the past, I have no clue. But, I am sure kicking myself for it now. Please don’t be a silly as me and make this dish ASAP!

Chili colorado with yellow rice and a tortilla

Chile Colorado

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4-6 chilies in adobo sauce if you don't like spice use 3 chilies and add an extra tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup yellow onion
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 lbs beef round
  • 4 radishes sliced thin
  • 2 jalapenos sliced thin
  • 1 box yellow rice cooked by package directions
  • 1 can black beans
  • 4 tortillas cut into 4's
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar



  • In blender add onions, garlic, chiles and adobo sauce, vinegar, tomato paste, salt and pepper, with chicken broth and blend

Main Ingredients

  • Slice the radishes and jalapenos for the garnish.
  • Finally cube the beef into bite size pieces and season with a pinch of salt
  • In a large saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil
  • Once olive oil is up to heat add the cubed beef and cook about 4-5 minutes until beef is almost 3/4 of the way cooked
  • Slowly pour in the sauce you blended and mix well.
  • Let the sauce cook down and get absorbed a bit into the beef, about 3-5 minutes
  • On your plate or bowl, add yellow rice and black beans if desired to the bottom
  • Spoon your Chile Colorado on top and garnish with jalapenos, radishes, and a tortilla or two
Two white bowls with Chili Colorado

You say this is spicy

However you make this dish, let me remind you, it does pack a punch. Our Chile Colorado is not for people who don’t enjoy spice. This dish has heat that lasts even after you finish. If you aren’t a spice person, leave out some of the chilies in adobo. It definitely helps. I recommend using only 3 chilies in adobos and adding another tablespoon of tomato paste to the sauce.

Chili Colorado with rice, beans, and tortillas

Beef or Pork?

Chile Colorado can be made with either beef or pork and both are delicious. We chose to use beef in our dish. It tends to hold a bit more juice in the meat and doesn’t get as tough when cooked down. Plus, it pairs really well with the tortillas when you dip. Many people however try to stay away from red meat so pork is a great alternative. A pork shoulder holds up very well if you choose to stray away from beef.

Concrete counter with a bowl of chili colorado

The flavors in the sauce are very potent so a nice balance with a tortilla or rice calms the edge just enough without taking the flavor away. We typically have Chile Colorado with both a tortilla and rice. If we have leftovers (and that’s a big IF), we cut the beef down even more before heating it up and then use tortilla chips to scoop up the beef and sauce. If you want a little extra yum, add a bit of cheese on top before heating this up. It’s just like spicy nachos.

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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