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Tacos de Chile Colorado

Chile Colorado Tacos is a Mexican dish that is traditionally made with beef or pork that has been slow-cooked in a red chili sauce. The name “Colorado” means “colored red” in Spanish, which refers to the red chiles used to make the sauce. The main ingredients of Chile Colorado Tacos are dried Mexican chiles, broth, and spices. The dish is a popular Mexican stew that includes tender pieces of beef or pork simmered in a bold, flavorful red chile sauce. Dried chile peppers are essential to this recipe to achieve the authentic taste and color of Chile Colorado

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Spice enthusiasts, fans of traditional Mexican cuisine, and anyone who enjoys a hearty, flavorful taco.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 60 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, rich in protein, iron, and vitamins.

About this Recipe

Tacos de Chile Colorado spotlight a classic Mexican dish where meat (most often beef, but sometimes pork) is cooked in a red chili sauce made from dried chilies and spices. The resulting stew is then served in tortillas, making for a filling and flavorful taco experience.

Equipment Required

  • Large pot or Dutch oven
  • Blender for making chili sauce
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups


  • Corn tortillas: 12 pieces
  • Beef (stew cut or chuck): 1.5 lbs, cut into small pieces
  • For the Chile Colorado sauce:
  • Dried chilies (ancho, pasilla, or guajillo): 4-5, stemmed and seeded
  • Garlic cloves: 2
  • Ground cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Chicken or beef broth: 2 cups
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: diced onions, chopped cilantro, lime wedges


  1. Prepare Chile Colorado Sauce: Toast the dried chilies in a dry skillet until fragrant. Soak them in hot water for 15 minutes. In a blender, combine the softened chilies, garlic, cumin, and 1 cup of broth. Blend until smooth.
  2. Cook Beef: In a large pot, add the beef and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the beef is tender, about 30-40 minutes.
  3. Combine with Sauce: Drain the beef and return it to the pot. Add the blended chili sauce, remaining broth, and salt. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Warm Tortillas: While the beef is simmering, warm the corn tortillas on a griddle or skillet until they become pliable.
  5. Assemble Tacos: Spoon the Chile Colorado beef mixture onto each tortilla.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Add optional garnishes like diced onions, chopped cilantro, or a squeeze of lime.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice with a hint of tomato
  • Refried beans
  • Sliced avocado or guacamole

Storage Options

  • Store leftover Chile Colorado beef in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheat gently on the stove before assembling new tacos.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Pork or chicken can be used in place of beef for a different protein option.
  • Fresh chilies can replace dried ones for a different heat level and flavor.

Alternatives to this Meal

If you are interested in looking for an alternative beef taco, take a look at this comprehensive guide of beef tacos.


Tacos de Chile Colorado offer a rich and complex flavor experience, combining the hearty texture of beef with the spicy and aromatic chili sauce. These tacos are perfect for those looking to venture beyond the usual taco fillings and delve into the deep, traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. Happy cooking!