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Cinnamon Kissed Green Chile Pork Stew

Cinnamon Kissed Green Chile and Pork Stew

Sometimes you make a wish and send it out into the world and just trust that the world will take care of it.

I try to be very careful with my wishes, because I have seen wishes gone awry. I have wished for things in my past that have come true, but not in the way I expected them to. I guess in the end, it all turned out right, so the wishes were good even if the (temporary) implications seemed bad.

This time my wish was simply this: to find someone that would love me for who I am. I never was the person my ex wanted me to be, and I apparently wasn’t the woman that the guys I’ve dated since wanted me to be. But I know I am a good person, I have a big heart, a lot of love, and I think I just need to find the right person who will love me for who I am. I know I am not at all your typical woman … I am very independent, strong, and intelligent, and a lot of men are scared away by that. And I will not ever even consider dating someone if I don’t feel a strong connection between us. There seem to be a lot of those very superficial guys … and very few connections.

Anyway, about a month ago, I sent out my wish, with a lot of love and acceptance for who I am and a sense of trust that it would be okay whether or not I find someone. I am okay just being me.

A few days later, a friend of mine contacted me … things have changed in his life and it made me step back and look at each time we have met in a different light. It’s very strange … this is not what I expected and yet, it seems right. I’m waiting to find out what happens. When one of my wishes is granted, there always seems to be a twist to the wish, something I didn’t expect. But I am just letting go and trusting that things will work out for the best …

Cinnamon Kissed Green Chile and Pork Stew

Cinnamon Kissed Green Chile Pork Stew

  • 3/4 lb. pork cutlet, chopped into small hunks (You can also use ground beef, ground venison, or even chicken or leftover turkey.  The pork is really lovely in it, though.)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups chicken broth (add enough to make it as soupy as you want it)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and chopped (optional)
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Hatch Green chile, roasted, peeled, and chopped, with juices (I used a 13-oz. frozen container of real Hatch Chile from NM. It’s not an easy thing to obtain where I live … if you don’t have any authentic Hatch Green Chile, you can use canned, and add jalapeno or other hot pepper to give it some heat as desired.)
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Throw everything into a crockpot, set it on low and let it cook all day. Top with grated sharp cheddar cheese at serving, if desired.

This stew is the perfect thing to eat when you are cold or when you have a cold. It will warm you up, clean out your sinuses and make your body feel good all over. There is nothing like some good hot chile to chase the germs away.

Oh, and it is the absolute perfect thing to use over breakfast burritos. Ideally you should make the burritos in a park nearby the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque at 5 a.m. just before the fiesta begins, with coffee and bailey’s and champagne. Then put away all the cooking and drinks and walk over and amongst the beautiful colors of the balloons. Sometime in your life you should do this.

The breakfast burritos will be another post … soon!

Cinnamon Kissed Green Chile and Pork Stew

This recipe was shared at Wonka Wednesdays, Gooseberry Patch’s Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup, Crockpot Thursday and Katherine Martinelli’s Mexican Blog Hop.

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10 Responses

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  2. Jill

    This recipe looks wonderful! I’d love it if you submitted it to us here at Gooseberry Patch for possible inclusion in a new slow cooker cookbook. Just follow the link for simple directions! Thanks!


    January 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

  3. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this with me!

    January 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

  4. Thanks for sharing your story and the recipe. I can’t even imagine dating in this day and age. It was so hard when I was younger, and now with kids…
    My heart and my prayers go out to you.
    And never, never give up on being strong and independent, those are amazing qualities that too many lack these days.
    And the balloon lift, we have one here in October, I think, I’ve never been but I think it’s going on the “must do” list.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  5. Ann

    Thank you for the kind words, Joan. Things are going really well with him … but no matter what happens, I will not ever give up on being me. I did that once and almost lost myself.

    I hope you make it to the balloon lift. They are so beautiful to watch.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  6. I really like your recipe. You add in several things that I don’t… potatoes, turnip and cinnamon. I’ll try yours next time.

    I think the key to your happiness is that you first decided to accept yourself. That is the key!

    January 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

    • Ann

      I think you are right, Betsy. 🙂

      January 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  7. this looks good and I hope it all worked out 🙂

    April 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

  8. Sherri

    LOVE this recipe–making it right now for the 2nd time! The first time I used a pot on the stove, but this time the crockpot. (LOVE the addition of cinnamon!) I lived in NM for 14 years and even went to the Balloon Fiesta in 2002–truly a highlight of my life! We just traveled to NM at Thanksgiving where I got a huge bag of frozen NM Green Chile at Costco and I feel so rich. Thanks for the great recipe and fun memories your story brought back for me. I just want to encourage you that being strong and independent like you are is such an important thing. Don’t “settle”–the right one is worth the wait, which it sounds like you already know. God bless you!

    January 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Sherri for your kind words and for reminding me it’s ok to be alone for now. I’m so pleased you like the recipe 🙂

      January 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm