Green Chile Chili and Spicy Strawberry Dessert Salsa

Green Chile Chili

Green Chile Chili

To all our dear friends and family in the cold Northeast: we do not envy your bone-chilling cold this Valentine’s Day. I hope my Green Chile Chili menu will warm you up and tickle your tastebuds in the days to come. A bit of spice and heat in food is always welcome in the winter. Bright chiles and even out-of-season strawberries give the promise of warmer weather on the way.

Harris’s brother-in-law, Nathan, went deer hunting a while back and has at least 100 pounds of venison in the freezer. He shared his bounty with us, and today’s chili recipe was inspired by his gift. But you certainly don’t have to use deer meat. Beef chuck is delicious, too. I wanted a variation on the usual bowl of red and thought that several types of green chile would be a nice change. I added some tomatillos for an additional green component and braised it in a slow oven for tender, tender meat and mellow pepper flavors with a hit of heat that won’t knock your head off. Then I garnished it with cilantro and sliced raw jalapeños for crunch and a fresh, herbal note and topped it with creamy avocado.

Green Chile Chiles and Tomatillos

Green Chile Chiles and Tomatillos

Green Chiles and Tomatillos for Roasting

Green Chiles and Tomatillos for Roasting

For dessert, I made a strawberry salsa and paired with yummy paleo cookies I found on glutenfreebaking.com.  I added some minced jalapeño for a little unexpected punchiness—it was so good with the bright, crunchy, sweet salsa. Use the cookies to scoop up the fruit for a paleo take on savory chips and salsa.

Spicy Strawberry Salsa

Spicy Strawberry Salsa

For tunes I picked some of my favorite love songs. I’m so grateful to be married to a man I adore, and wish everyone could have a joyous Valentine’s Day. I know this holiday can be bittersweet for some, and down right sad for others. That’s the thing about holidays. Love comes in a variety of ways. I sincerely hope that however you view this day, you will cherish those who love you and those you love in return.

Green Chile Chili
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Green Chile Chili
This Green Chile Chili is a change from the usual bowl of red. You can use venison or beef and whatever green chiles are available in your market. A long, slow, easy braise in the oven will guarantee tender meat and this is a chili that won't blow your head off with heat—though you can spice it up to your tastebuds' content. Garnish with fresh jalapeños, cilantro and creamy avocado for a winter meal that will warm your heart and your tummy!
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 418 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs beef chuck or venison, cut into 1/3-inch dice
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 Anaheim peppers or Hatch chiles
  • 3 tomatillos
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 tbsp lard or ghee or coconut oil, separated
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • tbs salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup broth beef, chicken, ham
  • 1/2 cup cilantro minced
  • 1 jalapeño sliced
  • 2 avocados sliced or mashed
Instructions
  1. Raise oven rack to about 6 inches from the broiler element. Set the temperature to broil. Oil a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tbsp lard or oil. Remove the stem ends of the poblano and Anaheim peppers. Cut the peppers along one side and press open to flatten. Remove ribs and seeds. Lay the peppers skin-side up on the baking sheet. Remove the papery covering from the tomatillos and add to the baking sheet. Broil until skins are blackened, about 5-7 minutes. Remove vegetables to large zip top freezer bag or a paper bag. Allow the vegetables to steam. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees F.. When cool enough to handle, rub the blacked skins from the pepper and chop them along with the tomatillos. Set aside.
    Green Chiles and Tomatillos for Roasting
  2. Add 1 tbsp lard or oil to the rimmed baking sheet. Distribute beef or venison in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
  3. In a Dutch oven, melt remain oil over medium heat, add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Do not brown. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, coriander and chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add browned meat and any accumulated juices, peppers, tomatillos, broth and Rotel tomatoes. Place covered Dutch oven in the oven and braise for 3 hours. Taste for seasoning, adding cayenne if you like.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, jalapeño and avocado.
Nutrition Facts
Green Chile Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 161mg 7%
Potassium 666mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 42%
Vitamin C 86%
Calcium 4%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Spicy Strawberry Dessert Salsa
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Spicy Strawberry Salsa
Sweet, crunchy, fresh and delicious, this spicy strawberry dessert salsa is a winner. Pair it with paleo sugar cookies for a dessert version of chips and salsa. This Mexican appetizer staple will end your meal with a festive note!
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 62 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strawberries finely chopped
  • 2 kiwis finely chopped
  • 1 apple finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
Instructions
  1. Mix together and serve with paleo sugar cookies (link below).
Recipe Notes
Here's the sugar cookies recipe: glutenfreebaking.com
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Strawberry Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.03g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.05g
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 256mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 123%
Calcium 3%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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