Chile Verde Pork

Chile Verde Pork

By Guest Chef Phillip Schaaf

This chile verde pork recipe is simple, comforting, and full of complex flavors. It's very versatile and can be served in a bowl over rice with avocado and cilantro, or rolled into enchiladas, burritos or tacos and topped with more sauce and sour cream. You can prepareĀ it ahead of time whichĀ makes itĀ even more deliciousĀ because itĀ gives the flavors time to meld together.

This is a low and slow braised dish, consisting of Grass RootsĀ pasturedĀ pork stew meat.Ā ItĀ has a good fat to meat ratio which is great for braising. The pork is cooked down with onions, garlic, three kinds of chiles ā€”anaheim, poblano, and either serrano or jalapeƱoā€” and tomatillos.

If you havenā€™t used a tomatillo, itā€™s like a little green tomato with a thin husk. It is a tart, acidic fruit with firm white flesh that has a flavor all its own. To prepare the tomatillos, they need to be husked and washed, as the husk leaves behind a sticky residue on the fruit.

All of the vegetables can be roughly chopped to start, as they will be pureed later creating a smooth and luscious sauce that the pork will simmer in.Ā 

Ingredients

Tomatillos, husked and quartered
4
Anaheim peppers, seeded and chopped
2
Poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
2
Serrano or jalapeƱo peppers, seeded and chopped
2
Yellow onion, roughly chopped
1
Chicken stock
1 quart
Garlic
4-6 cloves
Neutral oil
2 Tablespoons
Kosher salt
1 Tablespoon
Juice of 1 lime
Fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon
Avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1
Yellow onion, diced small for garnish
1/2
Cilantro, chopped for garnish

Utensils

  • Heavy-bottomed pot
  • Immersion or kitchen blender

Instructions

Season the pork with salt and pepper then set aside while you wash and cut the vegetables.

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot, preferably with a lid. Sear the seasoned pork, working in a few batches so as not to overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding can lead to less of a sear and more of a steamed pork product.

Once all of the pork is seared, remove it from the pan and set it aside.

Add a bit more oil to the pan then cook down all of the veggies until they begin to develop some color.

Add the chicken stock and simmer for 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or a countertop blender, puree all of the chiles and the stock to create the body of our stew.

 Add the pork and continue to simmer until the pork is really tender about two hours.

Remove from the heat and prepare your garnishes. Dress the avocado with the juice from Ā½ of the lime.

 Add the juice of the other Ā½ of the lime to the pork verde, along with Ā½ of the chopped cilantro.

Serve it up using your preferred method and enjoy with family and friends.

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