carne con chile burritos

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Carne con Chile Burritos

Carne con Chile Burritos

Burritos de Carne con Chile

Recipe Yield

8 to 10 burritos

Cooking time

2 hours 10 minutes

Rate this recipe

3.84 from 6 votes


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.


33comments inCarne con Chile Burritos

  1. Carolyn Mitchell

    Jan 19

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!! I really enjoy reading your website! A lot of stuff – Thank you again!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 22

      My pleasure Carolyn, so glad you are enjoying these recipes!

  2. Judith Rice

    Dec 04

    These recipes sound very easy to make.Looking forward to making some.I watch your videos often and I see the results when your handsome boys come to the table and the reactionon the first bite…so cute,as they start to dig in.Thank you for sharing your recipes.Planning to make my own flour tortillas also.Thank you so muchPati.God bless you and your family.PS I love Mexican food,.I am so happy I found you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Thanks for this very sweet message Judith, so glad you have been following and planning on cooking some of my recipes. Un abrazo!

  3. MaryF

    Sep 04

    I want to make these! On a long road trip, poring rain and I’m reading recipes as hubby drives – bit of mistake as I won’t be able to make any of your stuff until home in a few weeks. Keep changing my mind as to what I’ll make first. They sound heavenly, and I know exactly where to find the large case of brisket at the store!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 03

      Good luck Mary! Let me know which recipes you picked when you get home and how did you liked them 😉

  4. Yolanda Iki

    Aug 29

    Your recipe reminds me of my Mother’s carne con chili colorado. Love it!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 18

      Yay! Gracias Yolanda, un abrazo.

  5. Susi Garcia

    Apr 01

    I love to learn from you. Thank you for sharing your recipes and yourself with us!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 04

      It is my big pleasure Susi, thanks for the kind words!

  6. Anonymous

    Mar 22

    I saw an episode where you made Chili Colorado with beans..I wasn’t able to tape it. I tried to remember your ingredients. But after attempting several times to find your receipe, I used this one. It was yummy. I need to find your bean recipe. You placed them in a blender an fried them with oil. You added two types of cheese and chile.
    I love your spanish recipes.
    Thank you,

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 25

      Look no more 🙂 Here is the recipe for the Fiesta Refried Beans, enjoy!!

  7. Hill

    Mar 20

    OMG this was so good. I used chuck roast because that’s what was available and substituted a couple of Thai chilis for the chiltepin since I couldn’t find those.

    This was seriously one of the best dinners I’ve ever made. The husband wolfed it down and went back for more.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      SO happy you guys loved this recipe Hill! I could actually picture your husband “wolfing” it down hahaha 🙂

    2. Alejandra

      Apr 10

      This just took me back home in Chihuahua! Where you get to the burrito stand and order, so delicious!

  8. Kathy

    Jan 31

    Can I cook the meat in a slow cooker instead of on the stove top?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Sure Kathy, go for it 😉

  9. Maggie

    Jan 08

    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. Pati Jinich

      Jan 08

      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 🙂

  10. Dez

    Dec 22

    Is it 10-12 of each dried chiles (30 total)

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 24

      It is 10 to 12 total Dez, you can combine 4 of each or all of the same, your choice. Enjoy!

  11. DK

    Nov 19

    Do you rehydrate the chiltepin and arbol chiles before adding them to the blender?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      I don’t DK, just add them to the blender as they come. Good luck!

  12. Liza

    Nov 14

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Love it when you guys make my recipes with what you have on hand Liza, best way to be creative!

  13. Erica

    Nov 07

    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 🙂

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 11

      So glad the kids approved Erica! Chile con carne tostadas, yum!! Enjoy 🙂

      1. Kristina Ann Gutierrez

        Sep 15

        My grandma was born in Az but her mom was from Sonora Mexico so I’m loving your episodes because my great grandma we called Machina my grandma mom use to make the tortillas really big and thin and my grandma did tortillas the same way and I remember when I was a kid my grandma would use brown sugar in and butter warm it up on stove and put oil on toast so yummy 😋 and also my grandma would do chili Colorado meat but did a short cut and use el pato the yellow can but I want to try it the way u
        You made it we love it and I lost my grandma 2 years ago and she was a great cook

        1. Pati Jinich

          Oct 03

          So glad this dish brought back sweet memories Kristina, un abrazo!

  14. Katherine Corral

    Nov 04

    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. Pati Jinich

      Nov 05

      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 🙂

  15. Antonio

    Nov 02

    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. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

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

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