Green Chili Burros

Introducing Green Chili Burros, a hearty and flavorful dish that celebrates the rich flavors of slow-cooked beef with green chilies. Tender cross rib beef roast is transformed in a crock pot into succulent shreds, infused with the warmth of garlic, cumin, and a hint of spice.

Combined with a savory gravy made from sautéed onions, green chilies, and pan drippings, this dish promises a comforting meal. Perfectly paired with tortillas and your choice of toppings, it’s a satisfying choice for any mealtime, offering a blend of Tex-Mex flair and homemade comfort.

How to make Green Chili Burros


3 to 4 lbs Cross Rib Beef Roast

3 cans (4 ounces, each) diced Green Chilies

3 to 4 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

1 small White or Yellow Onion chopped

2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Cumin

Salt & Pepper to taste


Step 1:

Cook the roast in a crock pot on low heat for 8 to 10 hours, or until it falls apart.

Take roast out of crock pot and shred.

Set aside.

Step 2:

Remove the fat from the drippings and set drippings aside.

Step 3:

In a large skillet, saute the onion in the oil until onion turns translucent.

Then add green chilies and the drippings.

Stir in the flour and whisk to create a gravy.

Add in the seasonings.

Add salt & pepper to your desired taste.

Step 4:

Put the roast back into the crock pot, and then stir in gravy.

Put lid back on and let heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve in tortillas with your favorite ‘taco’ toppings. (Salsa, Sour Cream, Cheese, Etc.)


Choosing the Beef Roast:

Cut of Meat: Cross Rib Beef Roast is ideal for slow cooking as it becomes tender and shreds easily after long hours in the crock pot.

Cooking Time: Plan for 8 to 10 hours on low heat to ensure the roast becomes tender enough to shred effortlessly.

Preparing the Beef:

Shredding: Once cooked, remove the roast from the crock pot and shred it using forks. Discard any large pieces of fat or connective tissue.

Creating the Gravy:

Sauteing Onions: Cooking the onions until translucent in vegetable oil adds a sweet and savory base to the gravy.

Adding Green Chilies: Incorporating diced green chilies into the sautéed onions provides a mild heat and distinctive flavor.

Making the Roux: Whisking in flour with the pan drippings creates a thickened gravy that coats the shredded beef, enhancing its flavor and texture.

Seasoning: Stir in garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste. Adjust seasoning based on personal preference for spiciness and flavor.

Combining and Serving:

Reintroducing Beef: Return the shredded beef to the crock pot and pour in the prepared gravy, ensuring even distribution and thorough heating.

Final Heating: Allow the mixture to heat through for 10 to 15 minutes with the lid on, allowing the flavors to meld.

Serving Suggestions: Serve the flavorful beef and gravy mixture in tortillas, providing flexibility for individual preferences with toppings like salsa, sour cream, cheese, or additional fresh vegetables.

Storage and Reheating:

Leftovers: Store any leftover Green Chili Burros in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Reheating: Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, adding a splash of water or broth if needed to maintain moisture.

Nutrition Information:


Calories: 400 | Protein: 30 grams | Fat: 20 grams | Saturated Fat: 8 grams | Trans Fat: 0 grams | Carbohydrates: 15 grams | Fiber: 2 grams | Sugar: 1 grams | Cholesterol: 100 milligrams | Sodium: 300 milligrams

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Green Chili Burros?

Green Chili Burros are a delicious Mexican-inspired dish featuring tender shredded beef cooked in a flavorful green chili gravy, served in tortillas with various toppings.

What cut of beef should I use for this recipe?

Cross Rib Beef Roast is recommended for its flavor and tenderness, but you can also use other cuts such as chuck roast or brisket.

Can I cook the beef roast in the oven instead of a crockpot?

Yes, you can cook the beef roast in the oven at a low temperature (around 275°F) for 4-6 hours until it becomes tender and falls apart easily.

How do I shred the beef after cooking?

Once the beef roast is cooked and tender, you can use two forks to shred the meat apart into smaller pieces.

Can I use fresh green chilies instead of canned?

Yes, you can use fresh green chilies if you prefer.

Simply roast, peel, and dice the fresh chilies before adding them to the recipe.

How do I make the gravy for the burros?

To make the gravy, sauté chopped onions in oil until translucent, then add diced green chilies, drippings from the cooked roast, and flour to thicken.

Season with garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.

Can I make the gravy ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the gravy ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

Simply reheat it on the stove before serving with the shredded beef.

What toppings are commonly served with Green Chili Burros?

Common toppings include salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, and sliced avocado.

Can I use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas?

Yes, you can use corn tortillas if you prefer.

Warm them up before serving to make them more pliable.

How should I store leftover Green Chili Burros?

Store leftover burros in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Reheat them in the microwave or on the stove before serving.

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