I think I’m on Santa Fe kick! Awhile back, I wrote about my favorite coffee shop in Santa Fe, Iconik. Today, I’m making a dish that was inspired by my time in New Mexico — green chile stew. This ended up on our table all thanks to my fiancé, who is now completely and totally in love with everything green chiles.
I’d never had a green chile before going to New Mexico, but now green chiles somehow sneak into anything they possibly can here — enchiladas, huevos rancheros, tacos. Green chiles are basically the thing to eat in New Mexico. You’d be hard pressed to go to a restaurant anywhere in Albuquerque without there being something with green chiles in it on the menu.
Aside from Navajo Tacos, one of the most memorable foods I ate there was a green chile cheddar scone from Humble Coffee in Albuquerque. I even asked my fiancé to bring me back a scone when he visited a few months ago. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. How divine!
Anyway, my fiancé came home one day with an entire pork shoulder, which we subsequently made into carnitas for a taco night. But, we basically had a whole pig leftover, so in it went to the dutch oven with some green chiles, potatoes, and chicken stock, and voilà… green chile stew.
This stew is filling, savory, so completely flavorful, and without a doubt unique. I don’t know who came up this idea, probably someone who had a lot of leftover green chiles, but kudos to them because this green chile stew recipe is now one of our favorite dishes to make, and it takes me back to New Mexico every time!