Chile Colorado Beef Stew

Chile Colorado Beef Stew

Since I had some chiles left I decided to give this Chile Colorado Beef Stew recipe a whirl…absolutely delicious!!!

One of my favorite things to do is try new flavors and put my own spin on traditional dishes.

I ordered these Mexican chiles from Amazon to put my spin on Mexican Birria (SO good!).

It’s a spicy stew that is SO full of amazing flavors!

Traditionally served over rice or with warm tortillas.

dried chiles

Here’s how to make Chili Colorado Beef Stew

I started by rehydrating the chiles in some boiling beef broth and let them hang out for about a half hour.

Remove the stems and some of the seeds beforehand.

Your spice preference will determine how much of the seeds you remove.

Then I blended them in the food processor to make a chile paste.

For the steak, I am using 2 pounds of flat iron steak cut into cubes.

cubed meat and chile paste

Then add flour, kosher salt, and pepper to the steak and toss it around until evenly coated.

adding flour to the meat

Set a large pot over medium high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil.

Once the oil is hot add the flour coated steak bites and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring a few times.

Then add a diced onion, oregano, and cumin.

Let that cook about 5 minutes and add garlic.

meat cooking in pot

After the garlic cooks for a minute, add more beef broth and the blended chili paste from earlier.

adding beef broth and chile paste to the pot

You’ll notice it will be very thin, just like this, at first.

Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer 45 minutes to an hour, stirring a few times.

beef stew before thickening

It will thicken as it cooks and will develop the most gorgeous color!

thickened beef stew

Serve Chile Colorado Beef Stew with warm tortillas on the side or serve over rice.

We had ours with tortillas and dipped and even tore pieces off to enjoy with the meat.

My son had a friend over and I just assumed this would be too spicy so I made them chicken tenders.

Once they came to the dinner table and saw the deliciousness we were having they tried and LOVED it!

Chile Colorado Beef Stew

Honestly this dish is perfect just like this, but you could add sour cream, cheese, or cilantro if you prefer 🙂

Chile Colorado Beef Stew

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Chile Colorado Beef Stew
5 from 2 votes

Chile Colorado Beef Stew

Chile Colorado Beef Stew is a very flavorful, spicy Mexican stew made with dried chiles, it can be served over rice or eaten with tortillas!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Ancho Chili, Beef Stew, Birria, Chile Colarado, Chili, Dried Chilis, Easy, Mexican Birria, One Pan Meals, Recipe, Soup, TikTok
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 490 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 4 dried guajillo chiles
  • 3 dried ancho chiles
  • 3 dried arbol chiles
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds beef (I used flat iron steak) cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic minced


  1. Remove the stems from the dried chiles and remove some of the seeds (this depends on your spice preference, more seeds will be spicer).

  2. Add 2 cups of the beef broth to a saucepan and add the chiles. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let them soak in the hot water 20 to 30 minutes.

  3. Pour the chiles and beef broth into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

  4. Set a large soup pot over medium high heat and add the oil. Coat the beef cubes in the flour and season with kosher salt and pepper. Once the oil is hot add the beef and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring a few times.

  5. Add the onion, cumin, and oregano and cook 5 more minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 more minute.

  6. Add the remaining 2 cups beef broth and the blended chiles. Bring this to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Taste for seasoning and add more kosher salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Serve with rice, tortillas, or with toppings such as cheese, sour cream, or cilantro.

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