Recipe: Paleo Hatch Green Chili Casserole

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Casseroles are the best. What other meal combines everything in one dish and still manages to taste amazing? Here's the truth up front about this one -- it takes forever. I got home from work thinking I could whip up this casserole and then watch some RHOBH before Adam got home. Turns out no. 

On a scale of 1-I'd made this again, I'd say 7.

Would I consider this a paleo-fail? Not quite. Paleo-success? Meh.

Hey, this blog is the good, bad, ugly, delicious and all the in between. This casserole isn't the best thing Ive made, but it's not the worst. It's the in-between.

Ya know what this casserole would be good for? People who love chicharrones. You'll see why soon enough.

Ingredients:
Filling: 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 2 pounds cooked hatch Chile peppers
Gravy
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa Verde
  • 1 can organic full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
Topping: 
  • 2 cups friend pork skins -- chicharrones
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro 
How to Make: 
Filling: 
  1. Melt the coconut oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Cover with water and simmer for 15-20 minutes. When cooked, drain chicken and shred. 
  2. Brown the sausage. Set aside. 
  3. Roast, clean and chop the Hatch chilies into 1 inch pieces. Add the shredded chicken and sausage to the bowl and stir together. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish. 
Gravy: 
  1. Combine the salsa, coconut milk, salt, lime juice, cumin, chili powder and arrowroot in a bowl. Whisk until smooth. Pour over filling in casserole dish. 
  2. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 
Topping: 
  1. Crush the pork rinds into a rough powder. Chop cilantro. Stir together.
  2. When casserole is finished, sprinkle the topping. 
  3. Enjoy! 
broil these bad boys and keep turning them until they're blackened.
cooking is better with wine, plus its my nickname.
this is just a picture of the sauce, but I thought it was pretty.
The finished product. Enjoy! 

18 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious, I always appreciate new recipe ideas!

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  2. I love any recipe with hatch chili and I can't wait to give yours a try!

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  3. I don't know how I'd fare with "cooking with wine." Oops, honey, I splashed the entire Goshdarned bottle into my entire mouth. Sheesh. Great looking recipe, one of my close friends did the paleo diet and she swears by it. Cheers!

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  4. This looks so yummy! My husband has been eating paleo for only a couple months so I'm always looking for new recipes to try. Thank you!!

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  5. Looks delicious! I'll have to send this over to my fiance - aka - the cook in my house. We're not paleo, but we eat so many paleo recipes because they're so frequently GF.

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  6. This looks really good and I love anything with chili peppers. I think my husband will really enjoy this. Thanks for the recipe

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  7. That looks amazing! Now that I live in Colorado I feel like I need to cook more with Hatch chilies. They are advertised everywhere.

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  8. Love using coconut milk....this sounds awesome. Of course having the wine along the way is awesome too.

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  9. This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

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  10. Looks yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe xoxo

    www.thefurthestthingfromperfect.blogspot.com

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  11. Looks and sounds delicious! I love making casseroles and need to make more of them.

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  12. Yummm, this sounds so good! I read Hatch Green Chilis and thought I had to go find out where you are, since they're pretty local around here. I'm in Salt Lake City, so not too far! haha

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  13. This looks ah-mazing. This would be awesome for an upcoming potluck I have. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. I love hatch chilis and that gravy sounds divine!

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  15. Love your honestly in this recipe! Not everything you make can be a 10/10 but that doesn't mean it isn't good! Love that you're cooking with wine too - we think alike : ))

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  16. This looks delicious and nutritious, plus I love the leftover smell throughout the house after roasting chilies. ;)

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I love hearing from all of you and greatly appreciate all your feedback and comments! xx Kristen

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