Chile Bread

  • Green or red chile purée (see below)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (about 110°F)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour

Green Chile Purée
In a blender, whirl one 7-ounce can diced green chiles just until smooth. You should have about 3/4 cup. To turn up the heat, add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper.

Red Chile Purée
In a medium saucepan, combine 6 large dried New Mexico or California (Anaheim) chiles, stems and seeds removed, with 1-1/2 cups water. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes until chiles are very soft. Place the chiles in a blender with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Blend just until smooth. You should have 1/2 cup (add more of the cooking liquid if necessary). To increase the heat, add up to 1 tablespoon crushed dried chiles.

  1. Prepare the chile purée of your choice and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, gently heat the milk and butter until butter melts (about 110°).
  4. Add to the yeast, along with the salt, sugar, chile purée and 2 cups of the flour.
  5. Stir to blend well.
  6. Stir in 1-1/2 cups more flour until moistened.
  7. Then beat vigorously until dough forms long, stretchy strands, about 10 minutes. (An electric mixer with a dough hook is desirable, but not essential.)
  8. Knead in 1 to 1-1/2 cups more flour using either a dough hook or by hand on a floured board.
  9. Place dough in a greased bowl and turn to grease the top surface.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  11. Punch dough down and knead briefly on a floured board.
  12. Shape into a smooth loaf and place in a greased 5x9-inch loaf pan.
  13. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until dough has risen 1-1/2 inches above the rim of the pan (about 1 hour).
  14. Bake in a 375°F oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes.
  15. Turn out onto a rack and let cool completely.
  16. Wrap airtight, and store at room temperature.
  17. Freezes well for up to one month.


Ready in: 4 Hrs

Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell