Quick Green Chili with Quesadilla Top

This is a super-fast shortcut to New Mexican or Colorado-style green chili.
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Quick Green Chili with Quesadilla Top

Recipe by Rachel Ray

This recipe originally appeared in our Winter/Spring 2021 issue. Get the magazine here

  • 4Servings


  • 5 to 6 large or 10 to 12 small tomatillos, husked and rinsed, or 1 can (15 oz.) or 1 pouch (16 oz.) roasted tomatillos
  • 2 tbsp. olive or canola oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork or ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or sliced
  • 2 cups New Mexico frozen Hatch green chiles (mild, medium, or hot), defrosted and chopped, or 4 cans (4 oz. each) diced green chiles
  • 1 can (14 oz.) spicy vegetarian refried beans
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 1 tbsp.) Jalapeño hot sauce, to taste
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or pepper Jack 
  • Pickled jalapeños, fresh cilantro, and/or chopped scallions, for topping


1. Preheat the broiler. If using fresh tomatillos, spread on a baking sheet. Broil, turning occasionally, until blistered all over. Let cool. Transfer roasted tomatillos (or contents of can or pouch) to a food processor and puree.

2. In a Dutch oven or deep skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the ground meat and season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in the coriander, cumin, and oregano. Add the onion and garlic and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until the onion softens, about 6 minutes. Stir in the tomatillo puree, chiles, beans, and stock. Bring to a vigorous simmer over medium-high. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring often, until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and hot sauce.

3. While the chili simmers, char the tortillas: Over the open flame of a gas stove or in a hot cast-iron or stainless steel skillet, cook the tortillas, turning often, until charred in spots, about 2 minutes if using the flame or 1 to 2 minutes if using a skillet. Transfer the tortillas to a work surface; cut in half and then cut into wide strips or triangles.

4. Arrange the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the broiler.

5. Divide the chili among 4 broiler-safe bowls. Top with the tortilla pieces, letting them hang off the edge of the bowl all the way around. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the tortillas. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and the top is browned in spots, about 4 minutes. Serve the bowls on plates (the bowls will be hot). Top with the jalapeños, cilantro, and scallions.