Chile Colorado
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Chile Colorado

Chunks of tender beef in a flavorful Mexican red chile sauce - wonderful for tacos & burritos or just on it's own!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Isabel Eats



Red Chile Sauce:

  • 8 dried Guajillo chiles, stems removed & seeded, chopped
  • 2 dried Ancho chiles, stems removed & seeded, chopped
  • 1 dried Arbol chile, stems removed & seeded, chopped
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ lbs beef chuck, trimmed a bit & cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 2 ½ tbsp flour
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Prepare the red chile sauce by combining the dried Guajillo chiles, Ancho chiles, Arbol chile and onion to a medium saucepan.
  • Cover with water until chiles & onion are completely submerged and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, remove from the heat, cover with a lid and let it sit for 20 minutes to soften the chiles and to allow the flavors to mingle.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the softened chiles & onion into a large blender.
  • Add 1 cup of the chile-soaked water, the dried oregano, garlic, cumin, and minced garlic.
  • Blend until smooth.
    Side Note: If the mixture is too thick for your blender, add some of the beef from from the meat ingredients. 
  • Once the red chile sauce is as smooth as possible, pour it through a fine sieve into a bowl, pushing down on the solids to get as much sauce as possible. Discard the solids. Set the chile Colorado sauce aside until needed.
  • Prepare the meat by heating the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Combine the cut beef with the flour, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper together, to taste. in a bowl or zip lock bag; toss to coat evenly. 
  • Once the oil is HOT, add in half the meat and brown on all sides, about 3-4 minutes; remove from the pan to a bowl and repeat the process with the remaining beef. 
  • Once everything is cooked, return all the meat (and their juices) to the pot then add the red chile sauce, beef broth and bay leaves. Stir to combine and and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
  • Remove the lid and continue to cook for 45 minutes, or until the meat is fork tender. Taste the sauce and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. 
  • Serve this chile Colorado with refried beans, flour tortillas, onion, cilantro & lime relish, and cotija cheese, if desired. Enjoy!