Childhood will always smell like a bubbling pressure cooker of green chile stew. Since before I could chase my sisters around the house with my heroic, F-15 Micro Machine yelling “Bogey 12-o’clock!”, I was eating green chile stew.
Though the recipes vary by household, this is as close to authentic as you are going to get and it might just change your life. It changed mine.
LET’S GET STEWIN’
- beef stew meat (chuck or other kind of roast)
- head of garlic
- green chile pods
- red potatoes
- chicken stock
- stewed tomatoes
Start by prepping your ingredients.
Top Tip: when you’re making stew, don’t agonize about ingredient cut size. Break out whatever spoon you’re going to use, place the cut ingredient on it, annnnd, if it fits, BINGO!
Brown your cubed stew meat first to build flavor in your Instant Pot.
Top Tip: This stew isn’t picky what kind or cut of meat you use, so don’t spend more $ than you have to. Just make sure whatever meat you’re using has some fat in it so it won’t powder on you when you throw it in the pressure cooker.
Only stir after a good brown has formed on the bottom of the cubes. The first round might be a little tough to scrape off, but that’s okay. Do your best not to rip the meat. Don’t worry, the pan will only get more obedient as the meat continues to brown!
When your last batch is done remove it and toss your onions and 1/2 cup (120 ml) of your chicken stock in the pot. The pot will be brown on the bottom (that’s good!).
Chop your green chile (they should be half the size of your onions).
Top Tip: The hotter the green chile, the smaller you should cut them.
In the pot for 20-minutes: browned meat, onion, garlic, green chile, canned tomatoes, and all of your chicken stock.
Note: I always use this time to make my tortillas.
After your stew has cooked for 20-minutes, vent it. Throw your potatoes in and give it a quick stir before you seal it up again. Another 10-minutes on high will make sure that your meat is buttery soft, and your potatoes aren’t mushy. It’s really magic!
After it finished. Vent for the final time. Salt to taste, and enjoy!
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS GREEN CHILE STEW
Can I make this less spicy?
Of course you can! Try using mild green chiles or go down to a 1/4th cup instead of 1/2 cup.
Is this Gluten Free?
Yes! I’ve never thickened my stew with flour and this recipe is purely gluten free!
Are tortillas required?