Chile Cheese Grits

Chile Cheese Grits

Chile Cheese Grits are a classic super-rich comfort food – creamy rich with green chile, garlic and lots of cheese and sour cream. Yum!

Chile Cheese Grits are super rich and tasty – a total comfort food with a perfect combination of flavors. I never, and I do mean never, make grits; they’re not normally my idea of either a treat or a healthy side dish. This particular recipe is an exception.

This next week I’m going to a giant 5-day camp out. It’s an annual party where about 80 of us get together and share lots of music, craft beer, stories, and good food. Saturday evening we have High Feast, which is really a giant potluck. Guess what I’m going to make? Chile Cheese Grits. I’ve made it in a pot on the stove and also in a crockpot. My plan this time is to use a crockpot as we will have electrical outlets available. This recipe is as easy as it gets – about a half dozen ingredients that you just dump in the crockpot, then set it to low and let it cook a couple hours. Voila! I may or may not put the cheese on top since it will have a lid on it anyway. I’ll just set a ladle beside it.

Of course, this is not diet food, so for me it’s a special occasion dish. Hope you all try this at least once. It’s a keeper!

Chile Cheese Grits
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 6 servings
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup regular or 5-minute grits
  • 6 oz extra-sharp cheddar
  • cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup diced green chiles (505)
  • optional: top with extra shredded cheese, chiles, and a sprinkling of chili powder.
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the chicken broth to a boil. Add the garlic and slowly stir in the grits.
  2. Reduce the heat to moderately low and cook, stirring frequently, until the grits are tender, 20-30 minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheese, butter, sour cream, and green chiles. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
  4. Alternate crockpot method:
  5. Pour chicken broth into crockpot, cover and cook on high 10 minutes. Add garlic and slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to low and cook and hour or until fully soft, then stir in remaining ingredients and serve.


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