It's been just about exactly one year since we picked up and moved across the country. We love it here but we also miss California. Missing our friends and family, of course, and also all the food! Our oldest son and I often reminisce about Dos Coyotes Southwest Restaurant. Oh man is it good. If you are anywhere near Northern California...look them up. One of their amazing seasonal dishes is Hatch Green Chili Stew, which reminds me of my childhood when my family roasted Hatch chilies and made a similar stew. Since I can't get it from them I tried to recreate it.
New Mexico Hatch Chili comes from the state of New Mexico in the Hatch Valley and has a unique and full flavor. It can be purchased in specialty markets, online or in cans on the International aisle of most grocery stores. It's probably a crime but all I can get here is canned chilies...just be sure they say "New Mexico Hatch". They range in levels of heat but generally those that you buy canned are mild. If you like your stew with more spice, substitute one can of diced jalapenos in place of one of the cans of green chilies. Click over to www.type2diabetes.com to see my recipe. Enjoy!