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“Chile” refers to the peppers that have been grown in this region and eaten for thousands of years by the native people. Chile peppers come in two varieties green and red. 

“Chili” is a thick stew or soup prepared with beans and meat and chile.

New Mexican cuisine is known for chile. A familiar question in local restaurants is “Red or Green?” 

Dee’s Santa Fe Green Chile Stew


1 1/2 lbs pork or 1 1/2 lbs beef, cubed
2 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons oil
1 cup green chili (frozen; fresh roasted, peeled and chopped; or 1 cup canned…according to your personal heat prefere)
4 potatoes, cubed
2 onions, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 quarts chicken stock
water (if needed)
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper


  1. Sprinkle the pork with flour to lightly coat.
  2. In a large pot (I use a Dutch oven), brown the meat in oil.
  3. Add chiles, chicken stock, vegetables, salt& pepper, and water if needed.
  4. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium low.
  5. Cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are done, and the stew is slightly thickened (about 3 hours).
  6. You may cook in a crockpot for 6-8 hours.
  7. Serve with flour tortillas.

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Total time 50 minutes

Prep Time 30 minutes

2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) whole natural almonds, toasted
1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
10 ounces (about 35) Bing cherries, stemmed, pitted, and quartered
4 phyllo sheets
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Finely grind the almonds and 1/4 cup of the sugar in food processor. Put in a small bowl. (If you do not have a food processor, very finely chop the almonds. Put them in a bowl and stir in the sugar.)

In a small bowl, toss the cherry pieces with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Lay the sheets of phyllo flat on a work surface. Remove 1 sheet from the stack and place it on the work surface. Cover the remaining sheets with a kitchen towel. With a pastry brush, brush the single sheet with 1/4 of the melted butter and then sprinkle with 1/4 of the almond sugar.

Lay a second sheet of phyllo on top of the first, and butter and sugar it. Continue in the same manner with the third sheet of phyllo. Place the fourth piece of phyllo on top of the stack but do not butter or sugar it.

Cut the phyllo vertically into quarters and then cut the phyllo in half horizontally. You will have 8 rectangles. Place about 3 tablespoons of cherries on the end of each phyllo rectangle. Roll up the phyllo around the cherries.

Place the rolls, seam side down, on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with the remaining butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.