El Rincon Blog

The Winning Chili Verde Recipe for our Fans

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

Chaly Ortiz

El Rincon's Chili Verde Recipe is a traditional style Mexican Chili. It can be made with beef or pork, and no meat for a vegetarian green chili. At El Rincon we use a lean, course ground beef. This recipe has been perfected for home preparation by our Chef, Chaly Ortiz. The hotness can be controlled by asking for fresh "mild" green chili's at your grocer.

Chili Ingredient


1 pound lean ground beef

2 small/medium white onion -{ 1 cut in half, then separate layers, 1 diced}

5 fresh jalapeños cut in half  - {cleaning out seeds will help for a milder chili}

2 fresh habaneros chili - {cleaning out seeds will help for a milder chili}

1 whole chipotle chili in sauce - {available at your grocer in small cans}

6 cloves of fresh garlic - {2 sliced, 4 whole}

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon mexican cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1 tablespoon olive oil

18-20 fresh Anaheim green chilies diced - {peeled and cleaned. How? Google it!}

1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

3/4 cup tomato sauce

1 cup water



Heat a six quart pot to medium heat with olive oil. When hot brown sliced garlic and diced onion  ~ 4 minutes. Then add beef, cumin, coriander, granulated garlic and salt. Simmer ~ 12-15 minutes.

Roasted Chilis

Meanwhile, on a hot grill roast the layers of onion, jalapeños, habanero chilies, 2 Anaheim green chilies, and 4 cloves of garlic. Toasty edges and grill marks are what we're after, ~ 8-12 minutes. When done place in sealed container for 10 minutes to infuse flavors. In a blender place 1 cup water, 3/4 cup tomato sauce, 4 roasted cloves garlic, and chipotle chili. Blend until smooth making sure garlic cloves are completely blended. Then add remaining roasted onion, jalapeños, chilies, etc. Blend until smooth.

Finally, add blended ingredients, diced green chilies and chopped cilantro to the simmering beef. Simmer ~ 7 more minutes, adjust thickness by adding water if necessary, then serve. Serves 6-8.

El Rincon's Chili Verde can be eaten alone, or used as a sauce over just about anything. Wrap in a tortilla for great green chili burros. If you like to make a chili stew, you can by using 2 pounds London Broil cut in 1" squares instead of ground beef. We hope you will try our recipe. Let us know what you think if you do! Nos vemos mas tarde!

Did you know El Rincon is now open Monday nights?

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Mon, May 14, 2012 @ 22:05 PM

 Yes, its true El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano is now open everyday! 

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Hola! This is Demetri of El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano in Tlaquepaque Village.  The home of Sedona's finest “Arizona Style Mexican” cuisine. Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Ok, now you know we're open Monday nights, but its not just an ordinary Monday night, its HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT LONG! Starting at 4 PM. So our world famous Margaritas made with our fresh homemade Sweet & Sour, are Half Price! Appetizers are Half Price, yum! Picture this: sitting our cool Patio, sipping a premium Margarita Magnifica, munching chips and Salsa with Rolled Smoked Chicken Quesadillas. Almost Heaven! Is it Monday yet??  We serve great Mexican the way you like it! Dinner reservations are strongly advised, give us a call us at 282-4648. El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano. Simply Sedona's best Mexican food since 1976. Muchas Gracias Amigos!

El Rincon Chefs Chaly & Luis Bring Home The Chili! Twice!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Mon, May 7, 2012 @ 17:05 PM

Congratulations! Chaly and Luis! Our husband and wife chef team, at El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano. For two years in a row they have bought home the grand prize trophy, Rotary's "Big Red Chili." Our Chili Verde is a traditional Mexican food recipe that Chaly and Luis have made all their own. They hand roast the different ingredients to give it the winning taste. Winning out over more than 15 different chili recipe's from 11 of Sedona's best restaurants is no easy task. Our winning Chili Verde is served everyday at El Rincon. Come in a taste for yourself. We are sure you will agree. Tell the staff Demetrio sent you!  Nos vemos más tarde!


Topics: Chili Cook-Off, Mexican food, Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Tlaquepaque A Huge Success

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Sun, May 6, 2012 @ 22:05 PM

Tlaquepaque, thanks to Wendy Lippman, hosted a wonderful, jam packed Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, on Saturday May 5th. The number of people attending exceeded expectations. No wonder because mariachis' played, Mexican folklorico dancers danced, and Latin music played in Patio del Norte. The highlight of the event was the 2012 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sedona. There was tough competition between 12 local restaurants for Sedona's best chili. El Rincon, for the second year in a row, won 1st place for the coveted Judges Trophy. The trophy sits in El Rincon's entry for all to see for the next year. The Oak Creek Brewery and Grill won 1st place Peoples Choice Award. El Rincon placed 3rd for the Peoples Choice Award. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day tasting chili of all kinds, lounging in the beer garden, and sipping margaritas from El Rincon's patio bar. Overflow crowds packed El Rincon after the event to taste the winning chili. Over 100 quarts of El Rincon's Chili Verde was served on Cinco De Mayo. Pictures and video will be posted very soon. El Rincon wishes to thank everyone for coming and supporting this great event. Nos vemos más tarde!

Chili Cook-Off and Cinco de Mayo - Tomorrow!

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 17:05 PM

El Rincon wants to invite everyone to the Cinco de Mayo Celebration held Saturday, May 5th, in Tlaquepaque,  11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM.

At the same event is the 2012 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

We won 2011 and we are defiantly out to win again in 2012!

Our chili is from authentic Mexican recipes, full of southwest flavors with a deep, earthy delicious pause before the hotness.

We have 4 kinds this year:

  • Green Chili and Beef - Medium hot, but not too hot, for ordinary folk.
  • Green Chili and Beef - Steamy for the daring.
  • Green Chili and Pork - a traditional Mexican recipe, it's steamy.
  • The fourth is a surprise, you will just have to come and taste it. It's absolutely delicious and get this, it's served cold.

You can bet! We plan to win in 2012!

Topics: Event, Chili Cook-Off, Mexican food, Cinco de Mayo

Got Chili? El Rincon invites you to the Cinco de Mayo Chili Cook-Off

Posted by Demetri Wagner on Wed, May 2, 2012 @ 22:05 PM

Welcome to the El Rincon Blog. We are a restaurant in Tlaquepaque Village, a signature shopping center along Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona. We serve an "Arizona Style" Mexican food with roots in native Dene' (Navajo)/Hopi and Castillan Spanish cuisine. Since our opening in 1976, we have promised to serve the finest, freshest Mexican food possible. We enjoy what we do, and we care about you and our community.

To introduce the blog we wanted to invite everyone to the Cinco de Mayo Celebration held Saturday, May 5th, in Tlaquepaque 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM. El Rincon is an Harbenero Sponsor to the 2012 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. This is the second year the Rotary Club of Sedona has sponsored the event. El Rincon won the premier event in 2011 and is the defending champion. We are out to win again in 2012! Our chili is authentic, and full of southwest flavors with a deep, earthy delicious pause. We have three kinds this year: Green Chili and Beef, medium hot, but not too hot, for ordinary folk, and Green Chili and Beef, steamy for the daring. The third is a surprise, you will have to come and taste it. You can bet! We plan to win in 2012!

Here we are with our Grand Prize Trophy in 2011.

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