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Green Chili Stew

Posted by citrus on March 24, 2006

I promised at the beginning that I would share from time to time my favorite soul recipes. What I meant by this was food – extraordinary in flavor, simple to prepare, romantic in its background and in constant demand at our table.
Yesterday I cooked up a batch of Green Chili Stew, a dish that, without fail, leaves both of us breathless and happy.
We first experienced it in Albuquerque when we lived there. One of our church members, Mrs. Lowe, cooked at a small restaurant and insisted we come over and sample her stew. We did and have never been the same since. It was a culinary masterpiece in simple surroundings. It is also what The Frugal Gourmet used to call, “peasant food”, the best kind of food. He meant by that food that ordinary people who live in unique places cook and eat themselves regularly.


It embodies the magic of New Mexico and lights up the place as few things can.

I never got Mrs. Lowe’s recipe, but for years I searched and finally found it in one of my favorite cookbooks, The Green Chili Bible. It is called, “Mrs. Lujan’s Green Chili Stew”

“Mrs.Lujan’s Green Chili Stew”


1 pint of green chilies, peeled and chopped (1 container of frozen chilies)
Onion and Garlic salt
1 1/2 lbs pork shoulder, cubed.
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

brown the pork
add the onions and garlic
season the chilies with garlic and onion salt
add chilies to the pot.
Add chicken broth to almost cover the stew
simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until pork is fork tender.(if the liquid begins to boil off, add more chicken broth)

I suggest you start with mild green chiies, though we use hot. The frozen chiies are the easiest and the best to work with and available at most good supermarkets or hispanic groceries.

Would love your take on what you think of this dish. Write me at

This is a treasure, full of fire and spirit.

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