Braised Winter Greens with Chipotle Chiles and Market Bacon

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Recipe for Braised Winter Greens with Chipotle Chiles and Market Bacon. Make this cold-weather side with Swiss chard, collards, beet greens, or kale.


  • 20 cups (2 bunches) winter greens, such as kale or spigahreflo, leaves only, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 chipotle chiles
  • 6 ounces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 medium onion)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup stock, any kind or 1/2 cup canned diluted with 1/2 cup water


  1. Cook the greens in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 5 to 10 minutes, and drain. Bring the water to a boil in a small pot, drop in the chiles, and simmer for 10 minutes to soften (or combine in a bowl and microwave for 4 minutes). Drain, reserving the water. Remove the stem and seeds from the chiles (keep some seeds for a spicier dish), then use scissors to snip into 1/4-inch pieces.
  2. In a large sauté pan, fry the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until moderately crisp, about 5 minutes. drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan, and return the pan with the bacon to medium heat. Add the onion, stir to scrape up any browned bits, and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent and soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and chiles and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add the greens, season with salt, and sauté about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the stock and reserved soaking liquid, cover, and simmer gently until the greens are tender and the flavors are blended, 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Chef’s Tip: Louisiana-born Steven Roberts, chef-owner of Café Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach, uses smoked onions he prepares himself to give extra depth to vegetarian braised collard and mustard greens. To efficiently cut collards or other broad-leaved greens for cooking, Steven stacks the leaves after stripping out the stems, rolls them up into a bundle, and then cuts the bundle crosswise into strips.