Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 7-8 hours
Fall is on its way, which means it’s time to pull out the slow cooker! One of our favorite recipes for the colder months is Chile Colorado. Delicious, and ridiculously easy, this Mexican Chile brings so much flavor to a ready-to-eat weeknight dinner. Quick to prepare, requiring just a couple of canned goods, spices and a beef chuck roast, you can throw everything in the crockpot and you’re done. And with Boneless Chuck Roast on sale this week, it’s a good time to give this traditional favorite a try.
1 (15 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs oregano leaves
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp finely ground black pepper
1 (5 lb) beef chuck roast, trimmed of most visible fat
In a large slow cooker, add all ingredients except beef. Mix well to combine; add beef. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Once cooked and tender, remove meat then pull it apart with two forks. (The sauce will finish to a somewhat thin consistency. If you’d like the sauce thicker and more gravy-like, remove meat and keep warm. Leave sauce in slow cooker on low. Add 1/4 cup chili powder and 1/4 cup masa harina. Mix together well, and cook for 1 more hour.) Serve hot with your favorite tortillas or cooked rice.
Calories Per Serving: 425, Fat: 11 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 99 mg, Sodium: 888 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 65 g.
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Choose the Right Cut
With more fat than other roasting-style cuts like round, Chuck Roast is the most flavorful cut, making it perfect for slow cooking. Here’s what you should look for when selecting a good chuck roast:
- Check the date on the label and choose the freshest meat. This is usually the meat with the latest use by date.
- Look for about 20% fat marbling. While the higher fat content of a chuck roast makes for better slow-cooked dishes, too much fat and you’re going to lose out on that extra-tasty meat!
- Keep an eye out for a good eye in the meat! Larger eyes typically make for a more flavorful cut.
Unless you have a grasp of Spanish language, you may be wondering why a Mexican Chile shares a name with a state located in the middle of the U.S. It’s because Colorado is in fact a Spanish word, meaning “red”, which perfectly describes this hearty, spicy beef dish. There’s also a Mexican Chile Colorado pepper – a pepper that is often used to prepare the Chile Colorado dish – so that may also play a part in the meal’s naming. Whatever the reason, this is one Mexican Chile we’ll be making regularly this fall.