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Mexican Pork Chile Verde

by jughandle

Mexican pork chile verde and a batch of homemade flour tortillas.

Great comfort-food type of recipe.  Use high quality, fresh ingredients and make your own flour tortillas for a memorable meal your guests will want again.

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Mexican Pork Chile Verde

This Mexican Pork Chile Verde is made of tender pieces of pork simmered in a flavorful tomatillo and chile broth. Serve in a bowl or with a side of rice for an authentic Mexican meal.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keywords Chile Verde
Protein pork
Cooking Method Oven Broiled
Hot/Cold Dish Hot
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Author jughandle

What You Will Need:

For the chile verde
  • 12 oz tomatillos - husked and rinsed (about 6 tomatillos)
  • 3 fresh jalapenos - stems removed
  • 2 fresh poblano peppers - Large with stems removed
  • 1 fresh serrano pepper - stem removed
  • 2 fresh yellow onions - medium chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic - minced
For the pork
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable oil - for cooking
  • 2 1/2 lbs pork shoulder - cut into bite sized chunks
  • salt and pepper - to taste
  • 1 1/2 C water - or more depending on how thin or thick you want the sauce
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice - about the juice from a lime
  • 1/3 C cilantro - chopped


For the chile verde

  • Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or grease with oil.
  • Place the tomatillos, jalapenos, poblanos and serrano peppers on the baking sheet and place under broiler.
  • Broil on high for 10 minutes, turning the tomatillos and peppers over halfway through.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the broiler and cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover and remove as much of the skin from the peppers and tomatillos as you can.
  • At this point, you can also remove the seeds from any of the peppers if you don't want it too spicy.
  • Add the broiled tomatillos, peppers, onions and garlic into a large blender.
  • Blend until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.

For the pork

  • Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add in the cooking oil and then the pork.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Sear the meat on all sides until nicely browned.
  • Add the prepared chile verde and mix thoroughly, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon so you get all the brown bits.
  • Cover, lower the heat to simmer and cook for 2 to 3 hours, until the pork is tender.
  • Add the water, lime juice and cilantro. Stir until combined. Taste and season with more salt, if necessary.


Notes To freeze: Cool the chile verde in the fridge. Once chilled, scoop into freezer-safe zip-top bags or containers and freeze. When ready to eat, let frozen container thaw completely in the fridge or defrost in the microwave. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave until completely warm.


Nutrition Facts
Mexican Pork Chile Verde
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 408mg12%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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