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beef Chili Colorado with rice

Chili Colorado

Chili Colorado is a flavorful and popular Mexican stew, made with tender pieces of beef simmered in a delicious red chile sauce and spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Chili Colorado
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 517kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 dried chili Guajilo stems removed and seeded
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat and once hot add the chili pepper and toast for 1-2 minutes, moving them around in the pan. Once done, remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add the beef broth to a saucepan and bring to a boil, once boiling, add the chilis into the mixture, remove from heat and let them sit in the mixture for 20-30 minutes. Set aside in a bowl.
  • Place a Dutch oven on the stove over medium-high heat, once hot add the oil and wait for it to shart shimmering. Once hot, season the stew meat with some salt and pepper and brown it in batches. Cook it until nicely browned on all sides.
  • In the meantime, transfer the broth and chili mixture to a blender. Add the onion, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper and blend until smooth.
  • Add the mixture to the beef, stir and bring to a gentle boil. Add the bay leaves.
  • In the meantime, preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Turn off the stove heat, cover the pot and transfer it to the oven for 2 hours or until the beef is fall apart tender.
  • Discard the bay leaves and serve with beans or rice.


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 863mg | Potassium: 1174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 7mg