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Delicious Colorado Hatch Green Chili with Pinto Beans Recipe

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When we moved to Colorado, there was a big learning curve that we needed to tackle. Everywhere we went there were signs that said, Hatch Chili. What did that mean?! Then we would go to restaurants and people who ask us if we wanted red chili or green chili. It was all so confusing.

One day I decided to try it.

When they asked if I wanted red chili or green chili on my burrito, I said green chili. My burrito came out smothered in this weird looking green chili. While it looked gross, it was delicious!

Later, I learned that the green chili was made with Hatch green chilies. Hatch just means they were grown in the Hatch Valley in New Mexico.

Colorado Hatch Green Chili with Pinto Beans

Thank you to Bush’s Beans for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Colorado Pork Green Chili with Pinto Beans
Colorado Pork Green Chili with Pinto Beans

Colorado Hatch Green Chili with Pinto Beans

This spin on Colorado pork green chili by adding pinto beans is perfect for chilly nights to warm up. It's great over rice, with cornbread, or by itself next to a warm fire.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 lbs boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour, (can also use cornstarch)
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 28-oz cans chopped hatch green chilis
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt , to taste
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 cans Bush's Best Pinto Beans

Instructions

  1. Drizzle and heat olive oil in a stockpot. Add pork cubes and lightly brown.
  2. Stir in minced garlic and chopped onion. Add the tapioca flour and stir well to coat the meat. Cook over medium heat, stirring for 2-3 minutes. CO Green Chili Pork Onions and Garlic
  3. Add the tomatoes, green chilies, jalapeño, and salt.  CO Pork Green Chili Tomatoes
  4. Pour in the chicken broth. Stir in the pinto beans and mix well. Bring to a boil.  CO Pork Green Chili adding Bush's Best Pinto Beans
  5. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.  This spin on CO pork green chili by adding pinto beans is perfect for chilly nights to warm up. It's great over rice or by itself.
  6. Add more salt or hot sauce as desired.  CO Pork Green Chili with Pinto Beans

Most Colorado green chili recipes don’t use pinto beans. I thought they would add a great twist to a traditional recipe.

This spin on Colorado green chili recipes adds pinto beans is perfect for chilly nights to warm up. It's great over rice, with cornbread, or by itself.

It was a big hit with the kids.

This Colorado Green Chili recipe with Pinto Beans is perfect as is, with cornbread, or over rice. Add cheese, sour cream, and jalapeños to dress it up. It’s great to warm up on chilly Colorado nights during the Fall and Winter.

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Carties

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

It was so yummy.

Carties

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

I’m trying this recipe minus the jalapeño. I was born and raised in New Mexico and been in Colorado since 2000. As long as it has hatch Chile and no cilantro I’m good with this. I’m going to add cheese in the bowl and eat it with tortilla chips. Thanks for sharing. I’m a working woman and I can make this for my family on a weekday.

Sydney

Monday 11th of January 2021

As someone from Colorado who is ethnically New Mexican..... I really want to fix this whole recipe for you. Hatch green chilies are from New Mexico not Colorado. You also never use canned beans or dump them in your chili you ruined it. Your green chili is also completely wrong since you used canned everything. I am fully guessing your white and that’s ok. But if your gonna publish a recipe; maybe take the time to fully understand the culture behind it as well as how to truly make it. No Idea how I came across this but it saddens me that I did and how bad it is.

YumMe

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

@Sydney, What is “from Colorado ethnically New Mexican”? I wonder how bad your recipes have to be to spend all that time dogging someone’s before posting yours. Glad you can get off on yourself.

Whitney

Saturday 30th of January 2021

Thank you so much for your opinion, Sydney! I appreciate it! When I created this recipe, I did live in Colorado. I would love to try your adaptation of this recipe! Feel free to email it to me. While traditionally this wouldn't be made with canned anything, this recipe is specifically for busy moms who need quick and easy recipes. Can't wait to try your version!

NMSU_Aggie

Saturday 21st of December 2019

You are being snobby. If you read the post she acknowleges that hatch green Chile is from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico. When you get your own blog you can name your recipes whatever the heck you want! Sheesh!

Jan

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

FYI, I apologize for being snobby but Colorado Hatch??? No such thing.

Sydney

Monday 11th of January 2021

@Jan, thank you

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