Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa. Make it a Meal: Serve with fresh cilantro, red onion and Monterey Jack. Add cornbread on the side and your favorite hot sauce.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook beef, bell pepper and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne; cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Stir in salsa (or sauce) and water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in beans and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

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Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

379 calories; protein 36.1g 72% DV; carbohydrates 28.9g 9% DV; dietary fiber 6.3g 25% DV; sugars 7.5g; fat 12g 19% DV; saturated fat 4.2g 21% DV; cholesterol 86.7mg 29% DV; vitamin a iu 1935.7IU 39% DV; vitamin c 57.4mg 96% DV; folate 74.8mcg 19% DV; calcium 79.9mg 8% DV; iron 5.1mg 28% DV; magnesium 59.7mg 21% DV; potassium 773.8mg 22% DV; sodium 681.7mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 13% DV.

Reviews (100)

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102 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 78
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I have never commented on any recipe before and this is one of my FAVORITE recipes! My husband really likes it and he actually doesn't care for traditional chili but loves the spices etc. in this one. It's a keeper and I will continue to make it for years to come!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2015
Tasty! I don't think I've ever made a beef chili with enchilada sauce or salsa. I used both btw as I happened to have half a jar of each opened from other recipes. I used a yellow bell instead of a red and topped off the bowls with a mix of onion jalapeno cilantro and lime. Everyone devoured it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2014
My Husband loves this dish! This is one of those recipes you need to keep on hand for a filling and delicious meal that comes together quickly. My husband is Mexican and he loves this concoction! Pros: It is so easy to make. It has just the right mis of flavors. My husband and son loves this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is fantastic quick and easy to do after work or anytime. I kicked it a notch a 4 oz. can of diced jalapenos and two cans of beans pinto and black. Mmmmmmm and it's lo-Cal. Doug Torrance CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This makes quite a bit...I thought for sure I would have left overs...NOPE! Everyone ate it up even my dad who usually doesn't like spicy food...the flavor is delicious and its very simple to make...my new favorite! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wow! So good. Since I'm a single gal I kept the amounts of the recipe the same but substituted half a lb of ground turkey perfect amount to bring lunch to work for a few days. I also added diced tomatoes and a can of gold & white corn. I used Herdez salsa verde my grocery store didn't carry too many options but this worked out well. Healthy delicious and super easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2012
Delicious This is a fast easy yummy & different take on regular old chili. I can only find green salsa with medium heat so I omit the cayenne because we don't like food too spicy in our house. Serve over brown rice with some lowfat cheddar & sour cream and scallions. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Just made this for dinner tonight. It is very flavorful and very easy. I left out the cayene and cumin (didn't have either) and used Thick and Chunky salsa verde their "medium" hot version. My husband and I liked it and I will make again. Anonymous Brentwood CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2011
I love this recipe! It makes a distinctly flavored chili. I put half a can of fire roasted tomatoes in it and that made it extra good. Pros: Super easy delicious Read More