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Green Chili Stew with Pork and Tomatoes (+Video)

This recipe for Green Chili Stew with Ground Pork and Tomatoes is a simple and quick-to-put-together stew. Throw it together and let the stew simmer for 30-60 minutes while you wind down from a long day. Serve with flour tortillas.

Updated April 2020.

two bowls of green chili stew served with flour tortillas on the side

A few Christmases ago, a partially-frozen bag of roasted green chilies arrived at my doorstep. My sister Bonnie sent them from Colorado.  Thankfully, she also sent some of her favorite recipes. The title on this one was “Christmas Chili.”

What is Christmas Chili?

Why Christmas Chili?  Is it like “Funeral Potato Salad”  or  “Fourth of July Cake?” It turns out the chili derives its name from the red and green colors. Most certainly it IS NOT limited to the holiday season.  It tastes especially good on a blustery day. 

Ingredients and Substitutions

Ground Pork:

Substitute ground turkey or ground beef if you like.

Sometimes ground pork can be difficult to find in the grocery store. It’s not hard and sometimes even cheaper to grind your own meat.

I like to buy pork loin in bulk at Costco and freeze it in 1-pound portions. Partially thaw one of those packages. Use a food processor or a food-grinder attachment for a stand mixer to grind up the pork. Don’t trim any of the fat off when you do this because it adds flavor.

Cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes. Add them to your food processor. Be careful not to load the meat above the level of the top blade. Pulse repeatedly to chop.

Don’t miss the video attached to this post. I show you exactly how I grind the pork.

Green Chilies:

Chopped and canned green chilies are the most convenient choice.

Smoked hatch chilies, as seen below, are great when you can get them.

Peel off the charred skin. Split and clean out the seeds.

Although they don’t make a good first impression visually (especially after being frozen), fresh roasted green chilies are so flavorful compared to the canned ones.


No reason to use fresh tomatoes here because you’re going to cook them anyway. Diced tomatoes, as well as fire-roasted tomatoes, would also be good.

Some people prefer to buy whole tomatoes and crush them by hand. Go ahead. I’ll watch.

What to serve with Green Chili Stew

At our house, this stew must be served with fresh flour tortillas. They are so good when dipped into the juices of the stew. Corn tortillas would probably be just as good.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes. This is one of those recipes that tastes better the next day after the flavors have time to hang out and get used to each other.

If you want to make it a freezer meal, this stew also freezes well.


Green Chile Stew with Green Beans

I had some Green Chile Stew left over a few months ago and some leftover green beans from a different meal. In a moment of veggie craving, I combined them. Voila! –a new favorite comfort food.

Use fresh green beans and add them at the same time as the tomatoes. Or use canned green beans. Add those beans 5 minutes before serving.

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Green chili stew in a bowl with cilantro garnish

Green Chili Stew with Tomatoes and Ground Pork

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Stew with ground pork and tomatoes spiced with cumin--serve with flour tortillas for dipping


  • 1 pound ground pork (not sausage)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
  • 4 cups water


  1. Brown pork in a Dutch oven along with onions, garlic, and cumin, if using. Drain grease. I like to leave a teaspoon or two behind for flavor.
  2. Sprinkle meat with flour and stir until it browns. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add tomatoes and chilies to meat. Stir in water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30 to 60 minutes or until thickness desired.
  4. Serve with warm tortillas.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 296mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 32g

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Thursday 10th of January 2013

I make a stew/soup (stewup) very much like this one only I use pork shoulder or butt brown it really well and then use chicken or vegetable stock and simmer until tender and I also add a couple potatoes and a can of pinto beans.y family really loves it and it is great on these frigid winter days.


Thursday 10th of January 2013

Joy, Your version sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing.


Monday 26th of December 2011

I've also made this for a long time, and we love it! Wish I had those fresh green chiles! We only get them once a year...around Labor Day weekend. Never thought about freezing it, since it seems to all go away pretty quickly, no matter how large a pot I make. In fact, we had this for Christmas Eve this year. mmmm!


Friday 21st of October 2011

I have made this stew for years, but instead of ground pork, I use the pork stew meat. Simmer for a few hrs and reap the rewards with warm flour tortillas. This has been one of my families favorite fall and winter dishes since my boys were just wee tots...


Saturday 8th of October 2011

Hi Paula! Yeah I definitely love my foodsaver. As far as the tortillas, I'd love to show you! Truth be told though it's more about the technique than the recipe. They are pretty simple to make and don't need any fancy ingredients. I was actually talking to my husband about the tortillas because most people who make homemade tortillas, make the smaller thicker ones because the big thin wrapping ones are too hard to make - the gluten wants to spring back and they get wrinkled, messy, etc. I figured out how to make them perfectly but it's nearly impossible to describe. I've had a lot of people ask me, especially lately for some reason, so I think we're going to put together a video here pretty soon showing how I do them. I can definitely shoot you an email when I've got it done!


Friday 7th of October 2011

Wow that looks awesome! I just made a big batch of homemade tortillas yesterday and my husband and I were discussing the wonderful green chili of the man who taught me to make the tortillas and how I need to get a good recipe. Your photos look so good... I am definitely trying this one out next week.


Saturday 8th of October 2011

Hi Bethany, I visited your website. Very interesting. I would love for you to post about the homemade tortillas. I used to make my own before I discovered the raw ones at Costco. Enjoyed your post about the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer too.