Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew)

Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew) at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I grew up in West Texas where we have a lot of migrant workers to help with the various farm harvest. The Mexican families brought with them the most delicious stew that came to be a favorite in our region. I grew up eating this recipe and it has been changed through the years to use some canned products and I have taken it from the stew pot to the slow cooker. The basic ingredients for this stew remain the same and the flavors bring me right back to the days when I would go to my Grandpa's cotton patch and help pull cotton all day. I would be out in the field with all the other children and it was a fun time. I remember coming into the kitchen at the end of the day to the smell of the Caldillo simmering away on the back of the stove. The first bite of that stew will take me back every time and it is so worth it, this stew is delicious!

Slow Cooker Caldillo
Mexican Stew

Beef, Onions,Green Chili's and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew) at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add The Sliced Potatoes

Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew) at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Put The Lid On And Let It Cook

Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew) at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Slow Cooker Caldillo
(Mexican Stew)
Miz Helen's Kitchen
3 pound chuck roast, cut in bite size pieces
2 large onions
3 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies (hot or mild to taste)
1 (10 ounce) can tomatoes and green chilies (Rol-Tel)
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons chili powder
1-1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 (15.5 ounce) cans sliced new potatoes,drained
In a dry hot iron skillet, sear the bite size pieces of roast.
Place the seared meat into a pre-heated slow cooker.
Add the onions, chopped green chilies, tomatoes and green chilies, diced tomatoes, stir well. 
Stir in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Add 4 cups water, stir well.
Place the lid on the slow cooker cook on high for 2 hours.
Take the lid off of the slow cooker and stir in the drained sliced new potatoes.
Adjust the salt and pepper season.
Place the lid back on the slow cooker and cook on low for 1 hour.
At the end of the cooking time, add a cornstarch slurry to the stew to thicken.
I use 2 tablespoons cornstarch to a 1/4 cup of water for this stew.
Keep the stew on simmer or warm until time to serve.
Serve with flour tortillas.
Recipe Tips
The stew freezes well and will keep for about 3 months in the freezer.

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Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew) at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

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Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew) at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Slow Cooker Caldillo (Mexican Stew) at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Thanks so much for stopping by the cottage today and spending time in the kitchen with me. It is always more fun to cook with a friend! Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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  1. I have a feeling my husband is going to love this stew, he loves Mexican and the flavors are fabulous here!

  2. This is a beautiful stew especially for these winter months. Thank you for sharing it on FF!

  3. Hey Miz Helen!
    Thanks so much for sharing your stew with us at Farm Fresh Tuesdays! I will be featuring your Caldillo at this week's hop so be sure and stop by to see your feature and say hi!

    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

  4. Looks totally amazing. The pictures make my mouth water. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - Hope the rest of your week is amazing!

  5. What a lovely, warming dish to come home to, Miz Helen! I really enjoyed reading your memories about picking cotton. It isn't grown in the UK, so I find it fascinating. The fields look so pretty. Thank you for sharing this delicious dish with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely weekend!


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