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Chile Colorado with Shredded Pork

Chile Colorado with Shredded Pork is a spicy, velvety red chile sauce with tender, flavorful pork that makes an amazing main dish and is Whole30 compliant.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Author Gemma from Everyday Latina


  • 4 cups shredded pork (see notes)
  • 10 dried guajillo chiles
  • 4 dried New Mexico chiles
  • 2-3 dried chile de arbol chiles
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 large garlic clove (or 2 small ones)
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/8 piece of a cinnamon stick (don’t use too much or the taste will be overpowering)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (use compliant broth for Whole30)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4-1/2 additional chicken broth (if needed, see recipe)


  • Fill a medium-sized pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Break the stems off of all of the dried chiles and add them to the boiling water. Let the chiles boil for 15-20 minutes until soft.
  • Next, drain the chiles and place them in a blender or food processor. Add the cumin, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, garlic, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and 2 cups of chicken broth.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve into a different container. Use a spoon to mix and push the sauce to help it through the strainer and get rid of all the seeds and any unblended pieces.
  • Heat oil in a small Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Pour the sauce in the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Once the sauce is boiling, mix in the shredded pork. If the sauce looks too thick, add 1/4-1/2 cups of additional chicken broth. Do not add too much broth or the sauce will become too thin and runny.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes until heated through and to allow the flavors to come together.
  • Taste and add more salt if needed.


Shredded Pork
  • I have a great an easy recipe for shredded pork that complements the chile colorado perfectly. Click here for Everyday Shredded Pork.
  • To speed up the prep time, you can plan ahead and cook the pork the night before or in the  morning. 
Tips for Chile Colorado
  • Guajillo chiles have a robust flavor that’s great in chile colorado.
  • New Mexico chiles tend to be more acidic, which is why the recipe doesn’t use very many. However, in moderation it adds a great taste to the sauce.
  • Chiles de arbol are very spicy. Just two or three chiles add a good kick to the sauce. You can add one more if you like things extra spicy, or even add just one or none if you don’t like much spice.
  • You can find dried chiles at your local Mexican or Latin American grocer. I have also found them at places like Walmart and Sam’s Club.
  • If you cannot find them in store, they are also available online on Amazon or at online grocers like mexgrocer.com, see the following links: