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Brian Hofeldt’s Green Chile Stew

When I was in Texas recently, Brian Hofeldt, the lead singer/guitarist of the retro honky-tonk band, The Derailers, invited me down to his place in Austin for lunch. He wanted me to taste his green chile stew – and, as a surprise, he invited the rest of the guys over, so they could play the song that he wrote for me, “Cowgirl.” Oh yeah.

Turns out, they were pretty good sous-chefs, too. And the song and the green chile stew?

Take a look and see for yourself. Enjoy the show.

Brian Hofeldt’s Green Chile Stew


12-16 Hatch chiles, roasted, peeled and chopped
1 pound pork
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, sliced
2 medium red-skinned potatoes, chopped into large chunks
4 tomatillos, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 pinch cumin
1 pinch chile powder
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, squeezed
1 bottle beer
sea salt
olive oil
cilantro (for garnish)


1. Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a heavy stockpot, add onions and garlic, and cook on medium heat until onions are translucent, 5-10 minutes.

2. Add pork to mixture and cook until meat cooks through, about 5 minutes.

3. Add tomatillos, potatoes, carrots, chicken stock, beer, lime and spices, and let cook for an hour, at least, until all of the veggies are soft and the flavors have come together.

Garnish with more cilantro, pop open a beer, and turn up the music.