Chili Colorado

"Authentic tasting chili colorado. Growing up in the southern San Joaquin valley of California, I have eaten some great Mexican food and when I moved to upstate New York, I missed the great restaurants in the valley. To cook up a little taste of home, I adapted this recipe I found in a Mexican food cook book about 15 years ago. I hope you like it! Note: I serve with cheese, sour cream, tortillas, and rice."
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Ready In:
2hrs 45mins


  • 2 lbs cut up chuck roast
  • oil, for browning sauce
  • 1 34 cups water or 1 3/4 cups beef broth
  • 14 - 13 cup of good quality chili powder (your chili colorado will only be as good as the quality of the chili powder you use)
  • 2 garlic cloves (or minced jarred equivalent)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
  • 12 teaspoon cumin


  • Brown meat in oil, add water or broth, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add chili powder to meat and broth.
  • Mash garlic with salt to make paste.
  • Heat 1 tblspn oil on medium heat in skillet and add garlic paste and onion.
  • Cook onion until tender but do not brown.
  • Add flour and cook until well mixed.
  • Add onion mix, oregano, and cumin to meat mixture.
  • Cover and simmer about 1 1/2 hours until tender. Taste and add more salt as needed.

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I love Recipe Zaar and use the site all of the time! I love to cook and am a big fan of comfort food. Gourmet food is great, too, as long as it is cooked by someone else :) I grew up in the southern San Joaquin valley in California, and ate some wonderful Mexican food over the years. When I moved to upstate New York, Mexican food restaurants were few and far between, so I began to search for and adapt Mexican food recipes that reminded me of home. I enjoy the recipes posted by the Mexican food cooks on the Zaar and am so thankful you all take the time to post! There are so many good cooks out there. I also want to thank the folks who take time to rate and comment on recipes. Your wisdom is very helpful!
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