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An Easy Traditional New Mexican Green Chili Sauce To Make When Camping
Many of you have followed our recent efforts to obtain a case or two of traditional Hatch, NM green chiles. We were hoping to locate a sufficient quantity to use throughout the year. If you have been reading faithfully, you are aware that we did finally locate an available case and prepared them for use by peeling, slicing and seeding them. Those not already consumed currently reside in our freezer awaiting an upcoming meal.
The ingredients are as follows:
- ½ cup chopped white onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp flour
- ½ to 1 can chicken stock
- ½ cup chopped tomato
- 2 cups green chiles, peeled, seeded and chopped
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
Note that if you are not in an area in which you can obtain fresh chiles, you can obtain Hatch chiles online, frozen. If you can, avoid using canned chiles as they do not come close to the flavor of the genuine article. Also, not every traditional recipe includes the tomato but most that I have seen do. I always add them as the quantity used is small but I believe they add to the richness of the flavor so I like to include them, especially when I have fresh ones from the garden.
- Saute the onion in medium sauce pan in olive oil.
- Add the garlic and cook until tender.
- Stir in the flour to make a rue, then add salt, pepper and cumin and heat for 2 minutes.
Stir in the chicken stock and simmer until thick and smooth.
- Stir in chiles, tomato and oregano.
- Cover and simmer at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In New Mexico, they use this sauce atop everything! We have started doing likewise. Burritoes, omelets, sandwiches, burgers, anywhere you’d like to add a little spice! If nothing else, it will add a bit of a kick to those hum-drum camping meals! And it is simple enough to be made in any camper or even over a campfire while the burgers are cooking! The sauce will keep a day or two in a refrigerator or well-iced cooler and can be frozen if you have any left. Bon appetit!
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