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Carne con Chile Burritos

Carne con Chile Burritos

Recipe courtesy of Lourdes Sanchez, Soto’s Outpost

Recipe Yield

10 servings

Cooking time

3 hours 15 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.13 from 8 votes


  • 6 pounds pork or beef brisket cut into large pieces 
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 of a large white onion
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 Roma tomatoes
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 15 chiltepin chiles
  • 3 to 4 chiles de arbol stemmed, seeded and rinsed
  • 3 cascabel chiles stemmed, seeded and rinsed
  • 3 pasilla chiles stemmed, seeded and rinsed
  • 2 dried morita or chipotle chiles stemmed, seeded and rinsed
  • 4 ounces California chiles, chile de sarta, or Colorado
    stemmed, seeded and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup lard or vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 10 large flour tortillas

To Prepare

  • Place the meat, garlic, onion, bay leaves, tomatoes, and salt in a large, thick
    saucepan and cover with water by about an inch. Set over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the meat is completely cooked through and tender, about 2 to 3 hours. Remove the meat from the saucepan and chop into small, bite-sized pieces. Reserve the cooking liquid, discarding the bay leaves.

  • To make the red sauce, put all the chiles in a medium saucepan. Cover them with water and simmer over medium-high heat until they´ve rehydrated and plumped up, about 10 minutes. Once they´re soft and rehydrated, transfer to a blender along with the tomato, garlic and onion from cooking the meat, as well as 1 cup of the reserved meat cooking liquid. Puree until smooth and strain through a fine-mesh sieve or strainer into the remaining cooking liquid from the meat. Stir to combine.

  • Melt the lard or vegetable oil in a dutch oven or a large pan over medium heat. Once it´s hot, whisk in the flour and cook until it starts to smell toasty and has a sandy consistency. Add the red sauce, mix well with the whisk, and let it simmer for a few minutes until it thickens to a consistency that will coat the back of a spoon. Turn off heat. Add the chopped, cooked meat. Mix well to completely cover the meat with the sauce.

  • Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the meat with sauce onto large, flour tortillas and roll them to make burritos.


40comments inCarne con Chile Burritos

  1. Eris

    May 14

    I happened to catch the episode with this recipe, and it lingered in my mind for over a week until I managed to gather all the ingredients for it. It was everything I was hoping it would be, and was a big hit with the family! I’ll be visiting distant friends this July, and intend to make it again for them!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 17

      So happy you all enjoyed the Burritos Eris, hopefully your friends will do the same in few weeks!

  2. Rose Gutierrez

    Apr 13

    Pati your tasty recipes have made me into a good cook. At 66 I had ran out of recipes and was making the same food over and over. My grown children were teasing me about my cooking. Now with your delightful recipes I cook and they come.
    Thank you

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Aw Rosie, such good news! Thanks so much and hugs to you and the children 😉

  3. John Torres

    Jan 30

    Ayayaya. Disregard my comment re carne con chile and the recipe link in the comments not working. It finally worked. Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 08

      No problem, thanks to you John!

  4. Victoria

    Oct 07

    I love your show and the recipes! I hope to see you come to Zihuatanejo one day

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 11

      Hopefully soon Victoria, un abrazo!

  5. Paula Scavone

    Aug 16

    Hi Pati
    Where do you get all the different chilis? Being in NH its hard to find.


    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 17

      Hey Paula, you can find the chiles in any Hispanic or Latin Market, and nowadays even mainstream grocery stores like Harris Teeter, Safeway, Shoppers and Whole Foods carry them. If not, online is always an option. Enjoy!


    Mar 16

    I love ur recipes after I make this I will let u know how it came out I love working with the dry chillies n found a place has chilopin chillies cheap I dont think I spelled it right the little round hot one’s

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      So glad you are enjoying the recipes Eva, yay! I think you are talking about chiltepin 🙂 One of my favorite chiles, enjoy!

  7. Terry

    Feb 16

    I made this after watching the episode. It was one of the tastiest meals I’ve ever made. I had to substitute a few of the chilies but it didn’t matter.
    If a restaurant served this there would be long lines to get in.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 20

      Thanks so much for the feedback Terry, so glad you like these Burritos 😉

  8. Adela Perez

    Jan 30

    Hi Patty, I love your show, today I saw how u make Carne con Chile Burritos & yesterday my husband & I saw your show on Shrimp Cocktails! I’m getting a lot of ideas on how to cook different delicious dishes. Muchas gracias!
    Adela desde Chula Vista, California

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Thanks so much for reaching out Adela! Hope you will have fun cooking these recipes. Un abrazo to you and your husband 😉

  9. Greg Mayben

    Jan 16

    I love your show , my husband is from Huatabumpo Sonora and he loves that you inspire me to try Mexican cooking. We decided to have everyone over for a New Years Day brunch and we served your Sonora Breakfast .. it was a total hit . We are trying your Carne con Chile Burritos tomorrow. Today my husband took me Chile shopping at one of the spice markets @ downtown Los Angeles .. will let you know how it turns out .. also I made your your chocolate pecan pie for our New Years dinner this year!! It was wonderful ..

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      So glad you’ve been enjoying my recipes guys! Let me know how you liked the Burritos. Un abrazo 😉

  10. Maru

    Nov 20

    Hello again your video doesn’t show the chile cascabel or morita only the chile colorado, chile de árbol and chiltepin 🙁

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Hello Maru, here is the full recipe for you, it does not call for chile casacabel or morita 😉 Enjoy!


    Oct 31

    Hello Pati, you inspired me to be here at Soto’s Outpost in Tubac. Nonetheless, thank you for the tip. Stay safe, William Oviedo.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      Yay, hope you had fun!

  12. Mikey from Canada

    Sep 27

    Hi Pati,

    We recently saw one of your new episodes on CreateTV! Love the show! In the episode, they were making LARGE Tortillas using beef fat, I think… and they stretched them so easily…. and cooked them quickly on a dome griddle… Are these Sonoran Tortillas? And can we get the recipe? Specifically, how does the dough become so stretchy and thin without breaking? Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 29

      Hello Mikey, thanks so much for tuning in, love to know you liked the new episodes. The new recipes from this Season 9 will be available on the website on October 3 😉

  13. Scott

    Apr 17

    Blessings to you and yours❤️!
    Can I buy the tucson episode on dvd or the Tijuana and Baja episodes? Much love and keep up the great entertainment!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Hi Scott, we do not have the Show on DVD but you can buy the episodes or whole Seasons on Amazon Prime. Stay strong and healthy 😉

  14. Lawana Hilt

    Apr 16

    Pati I love your show. I watch every episode that comes on and I love love love Mexican food . Thank you for showing us how awesome Mexican food is and the different places they come from. I can’t wait to make this delicious looking Burrito. You make my mouth water every time I watch your show and how you taste and cook the food of Mexico. Your show beats any show on Mexican food that I have seen because you put love and passion on everything you cook and the different regions you travel too. And I love when you have your handsome 3 sons on some of your shows. You are thee Best Pati Jinich 😊👍👍❤️❤️❤️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Awww Lawana, thanks so much for the kind words. It really makes my day to read that you are trying my recipes 😉 Stay tuned, the new Season comes out in the Fall and we will be introducing you guys to the wonderful state of Sonora!

  15. Gary S.

    Apr 10

    Do you just leave the tomatoes whole?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Yes Gary, you cooked the tomatoes whole with the meat and once cooked you transfer them to the blender to make the sauce. Stay safe 😉

  16. Anonymous

    Mar 27

    Would this be good with chicken. My husband lived in Oaxaca for two years and has loved trying your recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 27

      Absolutely, go for it 😉

  17. V.Ronia

    Mar 16

    How do I find your recipe for the Guava Pie?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 18

      You have to look no more, here is the link Enjoy V!

  18. Alice

    Mar 12

    Wow! That is a lot of chiles! Are these burritos very spicy?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 18

      It is not very spicy Alice, as most of these chilies are sweet and mild, but they definitely give this dish a little kick 😉

  19. Irma Robles

    Mar 12

    Thank you for this recipe, looks delicious like the others recipes in your book. I’m from Tijuana Mexico and I love all your recipes

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 18

      Thank you Irma, hugs to Tijuana!

  20. Maggie

    Mar 12

    Hi Pati. Is there anything else I can use in the burritos besides meat that would work? I’m a vegetarian!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 18

      How about black or pinto beans? Maybe even Portobellos for a meaty flavor? Thanks for tuning in Maggie 😉

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