chili verde

chili verde, green chili

Chili Verde in Mexico is called, carne de puerco en salsa verde or in gringo terms, pork in green sauce. The tomatillo, or Mexican husk tomato, adds the beautiful green color to the broth. Broiling the peppers prior to stewing sweetens and mellows their flavor. You can experiment with peppers to get the to the proper spice for your palate. Serve with warm tortillas for a south of the border feast.

chili verde

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 3 hours


  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 anaheim peppers
  • 5 medium tomatillos, husks removed
  • 2 medium jalapeño peppers
  • 1.5 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (32 ounce) box chicken broth
  • 2 ¾ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans great northern beans
  • 1 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped and loosely packed, divided
  • garnish: chopped green onions, avocado slices and remaining cilantro



Heat broiler.


On large rimmed baking sheet, place garlic, onion, anaheim pepper, jalapeño pepper and tomatillos in a single layer. Cut slits in the chilies to keep them from popping. Broil until the skins are slightly charred. Remove from oven and place in covered bowl and let steam for 5 minutes.


Peel broiled garlic and chilies under cool running water. Discard seeds and stems. Transfer to bowl of food processor. Add ½ cup cilantro.


Puree the cooked garlic, onion, peppers, tomatillos and cilantro. Hold.


Salt and pepper the raw pork cubes.


Heat vegetable oil in a large dutch oven over high heat. Add half the pork and cook until all sides are well browned. Add remaining pork and continue cooking until all pork cubes are browned on all sides.


Add chicken stock, pureed garlic and peppers mixture, cumin and great northern beans to the dutch oven.


Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer for about 2½ hours. Cook until pork shreds easily on the fork. Remove from heat and skim off any excess fat.


Serve with avocado slices and remaining cilantro.

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