One of the fun things about Trinidad, Colorado was the preponderance of foods that you just don’t find in the northwest. This one, from the St. Joseph church cookbook, shows chile without a single bean.
1 ½ lb. pork or beef
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp flour
1 small can green chiles
Dice meat and fry. When browned, add minced garlic and flour. Stir and brown. Add chopped green chiles, stir. Add enough water to cover and cook as you would gravy.
A simple recipe, and green chile is an experience worth repeating. As with the other Trinidad recipes, it might be good to start with a can of green chiles marked mild. If that’s OK, move on up to the hot.