Carne con Chile Burritos

Carne con Chile Burritos

Burritos de Carne con Chile
8 to 10 burritos
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef, brisket, burritos, carne, chile, chile colorado, flour tortillas, mexican crema, Pico de Gallo, queso fresco, Sonora, Sonoran
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Carne con Chile Burritos recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 9, Episode 5 "Flour Power"


For the meat:

  • 6 pounds beef brisket, trimmed of some of the fat and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

For the carne con chile:

  • 10 to 12 dried chiles colorados, a.k.a. New Mexico chiles, California chiles and dried Anaheim chiles, stemmed and seeded (if unavailable, substitute guajillos)
  • 2 large ripe roma tomatoes, about 1/2 pound
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 5 dried chiltepin chiles, if available (ideal but can skip them if you don’t find them)
  • 2 dried chiles de árbol, stemmed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • 4 cups beef broth, from cooking the meat
  • 2 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

For the burritos:

  • 8 to 10 flour tortillas
  • Sliced or diced avocado
  • Queso fresco, crumbled
  • Mexican crema
  • Pico de gallo salsa, or salsa of your choice
  • Shredded romaine lettuce

To Prepare

To cook the meat:
  • Place the meat in a large pot and cover with at least 12 cups water. Add the white onion half, 5 garlic cloves, bay leaves, salt and black peppercorns. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Skim off any foam that rises to the top, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the meat is completely cooked through and tender enough to pull apart easily with your fingers, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat from the broth and place in a bowl. Strain the broth into a separate bowl or container. Measure out 4 cups and freeze the rest for another use. Once the meat is cool enough to handle, shred into smaller bite size pieces and remove and discard the fat. Set aside.
To make the carne con chile:
  • Place the chiles colorados, tomatoes, and 2 garlic cloves in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat slightly and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until the chiles have plumped up and rehydrated, and the tomatoes are fully cooked and mushy. Transfer the chiles, tomatoes, garlic and a 1/2 cup of their cooking liquid to a blender. Add the chopped white onion, chiltepin chiles, chiles de árbol, oregano and salt. Puree until completely smooth.
  • Heat the lard or oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the flour and stir together well to create a roux. Cook, stirring, for a minute or two until bubbling and lightly browned. Add the chile colorado puree. Cook, stirring often, making sure the mixture doesn’t stick and burn on the bottom of the pan, until it has thickened and darkened slightly, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the beef broth and the shredded cooked meat and bring to a simmer, stirring. Reduce heat to medium, cover partially, and continue to cook, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pot until the sauce has thickened and the meat is well seasoned, coated with the chile mixture, and so tender it is falling apart, about 30 minutes. Taste and adjust salt. Remove from the heat.
To make the burritos:
  • Heat the tortillas on a preheated comal or skillet. Top with 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the carne con chile and roll into burritos. Once assembled, you can heat them for another minute if you want them a bit toasted, or eat them soft, just as soon as they are assembled.
  • Serve with sliced or diced avocado, crumbled queso fresco, crema, salsa and lettuce, and let people garnish to taste.

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  1. I cut the meat in half (3 lbs) but made the full sauce recipe, and WOW. I cannot stress how delicious and flavorful it was. Definitely a fair bit of work, but it did make enough for a week’s worth of dinners (for just me). I will definitely be making again, and cannot wait to share with others the next time it’s my turn to host dinner. It’s delicious in a fresh flour tortilla, but I’ve also eaten it in a bowl topped with cilantro and avocado.

    Some substitutions I made (based on what my grocer had on offer): fresh jalapeño in place of the chiles de árbol and dried pequin chile peppers in place of the chiltepin. Thank you, Pati!

    1. So glad you enjoy this recipe and were able to use the sauce in other dishes Maggie, thanks for the feedback on your substitutions, great ideas 🙂

  2. Oooh this was excellent. I scaled the recipe down to work with the brisket I had (only about 2 lbs). I’ll look for a bigger cut of beef next time! The chile colorado (made with New Mexico chiles) was mild yet very flavorful (note I had no chiltepins). I think it may taste even better when enjoying the leftovers. Thank you, Pati!

  3. Hola Pati! Food was amazing! My kids really enjoyed the refried Chipotle beans! Will try the chile con carne/refried beans on tostadas next time 🙂

  4. First off, this looks delicious!! But 6lbs of meat?! This could feed an army! Do you have a paired down version of this recipe more suited for a family of 4?

    1. I guess you could cut the recipe in half, but think that if you make all the meat, you will have enough left overs to make quesadillas, sincronizadas or tortas the day after Katherine 🙂

  5. Are the New Mexico, Anaheim and California chiles spicy? I can’t remember from the episode and I forgot to tape it. While I like spicy my wife does not handle spice at all. Hence my question.

    1. I don’t think they are super spicy, but definitely that have a little kick Antonio, especially the New Mexico chiles 😉