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Beef Mexican Stove Top

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  280
  • Protein  21 g
  • Carbohydrates  6 g
  • Fat  19 g
  • Cholesterol  53 mg
  • Sodium  128 mg
  • Potassium  332 mg
  • Phosphorus  148 mg
  • Calcium  35 mg
  • Fiber  2.3 g

Chile Colorado

A yummy, hot bowl of chili can warm up a cold day. Letty, a DaVita renal dietitian from Texas, shares her recipe for kidney-friendly Chile Colorado.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Letty from Texas.

Portions: 10     Serving size: 3 ounces


  • 1 cup potato
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups homemade or canned low-sodium Chile Colorado Sauce
  • 2 whole bay leaves


  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2” cubes. Place potatoes in a large pot with at least 10 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes to reduce potassium by 50%. Drain and set aside.
  2. Mince onion and garlic.
  3. Cut beef into 1/2” pieces. Brown beef, onion and garlic in canola oil. 
  4. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Add water and potato.
  6. Cover tightly and simmer until the meat is tender and potatoes are soft but not mushy.
  7. Add 2 cups of Red Chile Colorado and bay leaves. 
  8. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For homemade red chili sauce see the Chile Colorado Sauce recipe on DaVita.com. If using ready-made sauce, select the lowest sodium brand.
  • If you are on a low potassium diet, do not skip the boiling process for potatoes. This is necessary to reduce potassium.
  • An alternative method is to pre-boiled potatoes: peel, cube and soak potatoes in a large amount of water for 2 to 4 hours. The amount of water should be at least five times that of the potatoes.
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder can be substituted for fresh onion and garlic.
  • If you are on a low protein diet, adjust the portion to match your meal plan or ask your dietitian for guidance.

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2 Comments | Average User Rating:

Chile Colorado

Trace6391 says:


My husband & I really liked this recipe!

Jan. 03, 2013, 6:05 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chile Colorado

amwright071 says:


This wasn't bad but I don't think it's something that I will make again. It was kind of blah to me. I added some cheese to mine and a little milk to try to make it a little better. I think it had a bit too much chili powder in it. Not because it was hot but because it was just way too strong of a flavor It was editable but nothing to brag about.

Aug. 29, 2012, 2:36 PM - Inappropriate review?

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