I recently went quail hunting in New Mexico and ended up filling my vest with fur instead of feathers. If you have ever been to that part of the country, then you know how many rabbits are out there. Despite their poor reputation, jackrabbits can be pretty damn good to eat. I can’t think of a better way to tenderize their tough meat than to throw it in a crockpot for green chile stew.
One of the primary ingredients in this recipe is the MeatEater Chupacabra Green Taco seasoning. It includes hatch chile pepper and cumin, laying the perfect foundation for this soup. And although I used jackrabbit in this dish, it could easily be replicated with cottontail or snowshoe hare.
- 1 jackrabbit
- 1 large red or yellow onion, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 quarts of chicken stock
- 4 poblanos or two 4 oz. cans of mild green chiles
- 3 ears of corn or 15 oz. can of corn
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 tbsp. MeatEater Chupacabra Green Taco Seasoning
- 1 large russet potato, chopped
- Verde sauce, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeños, or sliced green onions for serving
- 2 tbsp. cooking oil
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- Skin and cut the jackrabbit into six serving pieces (two hind quarters, two front quarters, and the loins). Trim away any large pieces of silverskin.
- If using fresh chiles, roast or grill the poblanos until the skin has blackened all around. Remove from heat and let it cool to the touch. Peel the outer skin and roughly chop.
- If using fresh corn, remove the husks and char on a grill or cast iron. Use a knife and cut the kernels off the cob and reserve.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and brown the rabbit pieces on both sides. Transfer to a crockpot.
- Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and sauté the onion until soft. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Pour in enough stock to deglaze the pan. Turn the heat off and pour this mixture over the rabbit in the crockpot.
- Add the remaining stock, poblanos, corn, salt, and green taco seasoning to the crockpot. Stir to combine, cover with a lid, and set the heat to low.
- Cook the rabbit until fork tender, which may take between 6-7 hours. Once the meat is beginning to shred apart, add the potatoes. Place the lid back on and cook for another 45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. By now the meat should fall apart and you can discard the bones.
- Garnish with verde sauce, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeños, or green onions before serving.