Simple Family Dinner: Green Chile Stew

Food is one of the strongest sources of memory for me.  I can remember what we were eating and when we were eating it all the way back to high school (maybe even earlier, if I think about it).  So when my husband and I are out travelling, food is one of the most important things.  A few years ago, we were on a trip to Texas and stopped by at our favorite road-side gas-station BBQ (doesn’t everybody have one of those?), Rudy’s and I was intrigued by an item on their menu: Green Chile Stew.  So, I asked the lady behind the counter what it was and the answer made me chuckle:

“Oh, you know, it is just a normal stew.  It has brisket and green chiles in it.” California brisket is an exotic meat. And my mom never made a stew with chiles in it.

So, I had to try it.  And, it was WONDER-ful.  Oh, and it was free because she gave me a “taste”!  Since then, I have had those flavors rolling around in my memory and I have wanted to make a knock-off.

I finally did it and here is how:

Green Chile Stew:

brisket stew prep


  • 1/2 lb. smoked beef brisket, chopped (if you don’t have brisket, you might try using leftover roast beef)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (7 oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (15 oz.) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 8 oz. green salsa
  • 1 box beef stock

brisket stew done


Pour all ingredients into slow cooker, cover and cook for 4-6 hours on low.

Yes, that was the one step!  Not bad for a simple dinner!  And the results were wonderful!

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. June Dees

    sounds great, think thats whats for dinner tonight. thanks for the very simple recipe. who knew we could have had that when you were growing up!!

  2. Anna

    They also add shredded carrots and potatoes to it. I am trying to duplicate this recipe myself, since we don’t have a Rudy’s here where I live.

    1. ussleah

      Oh! I wasn’t thinking of those things! Thanks for the additions! I love that soup!

  3. Randa

    Anna you are correct! I love this and try to go by Rudy’s at least once a week. It is 7.somthing for a quart. I’m going to try to make it and see how it turns out! Thank you!

  4. Amanda

    Should the brisket be frozen or thawed?

    1. Leah Hudson

      It should be thawed. From my understanding of food safety issues, all meats should be thawed before being placed in a slow cooker. Thanks for the question!

  5. Kerri

    What kind of green salsa are you referencing? Green chili based, or tomatillo?

    1. Leah Hudson

      The recipe calls for a can of diced green chilis, not salsa. Just green chilis.

      1. Nathan

        Fresh Hatch Chili’s is even better.. it’s not just any Green chili.If you can not get hatch Anaheim are close but does not have the same flavor .

  6. Audrey Spencer

    Rudy’s is catering my wedding in October my fiance loves their green chill stew. Your recipe is almost on the money but I add shredded carrots, potatoes and adobosauce from a can of chipotle. I think it adds some much needed spice.

    1. Leah Hudson

      Thanks so much Audrey!! I love these additions and will add them the next time I have some brisket on my hands. So nice that they can cater your wedding – I wish we lived closer to a Rudy’s!! Congrats to you!

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