Dishes Inspired by Colorado Culinary Traditions

August 24, 2023

The Centennial State is known for many things, from stunning mountain ranges to our state’s rich history and culture. Food is an important part of Colorado history, and you can pay homage to our culinary traditions in your own kitchen. If you’d like to try your hand at creating a few Colorado-inspired dishes, here are our favorite options: 

Green Chile Ribs

Although New Mexico is famous for green chiles, this spicy pepper is a staple here, too–and Pueblo produces some of the best chiles in the world. If you want to add some kick to your dinner table, you must try these green chile ribs. They’ll need to cook for about five hours, but prep time is a cinch–they’re ready to go into the slow cooker after just 20 minutes of prep. This recipe is perfect for the upcoming fall days, and also great for summer barbeques (and will probably be gone in minutes). 

Bison Black Bean Chili

As a staple in the Native American diet, Bison thrive here in Colorado. Whether you’re familiar with the earthy, slightly sweet flavor of bison meat or you’d like to try it, this bison black bean chili recipe is a winner. In addition to being delicious, this chili is packed with iron and fiber for a healthy and comforting meal. 

Lamb Meatballs

Colorado is one of the nation’s top producers of sheep and lamb (number four, to be exact). Like bison, lamb is more of a specialty meat. It’s known for its milder flavor, and can be a great addition to many recipes. If you want to try something different or are looking for an option to serve as an appetizer, we love these lamb meatballs. Their herby taste is perfectly complemented by a green goddess dipping sauce. 

Fresh Peach Crumb Bars

The Palisade Peach Festival is coming up on August 18th-19th. It’s a bit of a hike from Elizabeth, but this festival is one you’ll want to experience at least once. While you’re there, consider picking up some fresh peaches to make these incredible fresh peach crumb bars–they’ll be so much better with locally grown peaches! 

Colorado is one of the top places to live, work, play, and cook. Our state’s culinary history is a mile long, and there’s no shortage of ways to tie in regional flavors with your menu. If you’re interested in trying some of the recipes mentioned here, it helps to have a great kitchen. At our Independence community, we’re proud to offer exceptional new homes that are thoughtfully designed for any type of chef. To learn more about our community and available homes, please contact our team.