Chile Con Carne Rojo, Sonoran Style

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by AzArlie

This recipe came to me in a cookbook published as a fund-raiser by the faculty of the school where I taught. I've used it for thirty years or so, making so many changes along the way that it is now truly "my" recipe. Enjoy!


I have this recipe cooking as we speak, and it smells sensational. The flavours are equally outstanding. I am a sniff and taste cook, and am able to determine by flavour and aroma if the recipe will be worthy of ingrediens. This one certainly is more than worthy. I like that it is a large quantity, because I do like to freeze meal size portions. I shall serve this with crusty french bread for dipping; and/or large taco shells for that preference. Makes a great lunch item, with tossed mesculin salad. I also like that you insist we do not use tomato product; for then the flavour and texture is not changed from chili to pasta sauce. I love it. Thanks again. Yes, I did use fresh chopped garlic (I do not use garlic or onion powders). Thanks for posting; I am happy to have seen the link....

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the cut-up beef in a dutch oven or similar large kettle, cover with water and boil with salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and 3-4 bay leaves. Boil until meat is tender.
  2. Remove bay leaves and throw them away. Remove the meat.
  3. Pour the liquid into another container. (I use a good-sized plastic pitcher.).
  4. Stir the chili paste into the liquid. ( Or use 8 ounces of the paste and 8 ounces of made-from-scratch chile sauce. Or if you have an asbestos tongue, skip the commercial stuff entirely!).
  5. Melt shortening in the bottom of the kettle. Add flour and cook until brown, stirring almost constantly.
  6. Add 10 cups or so of the beef stock/chile mixture gradually, while stirring. (It's like making gravy.).
  7. Reduce heat and add oregano, cumin, more garlic, and salt to taste.
  8. Stir in the meat.
  9. DO NOT add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes, or any other tomato product!
  10. Serve with flour tortillas and refried beans. Or make your own burros and serve it that way. Left overs (if any) freeze well.

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