Best Easy Slow Cooker Green Chili or Salsa Verde with Tomatillos Recipe
What is a tomatillo?
A tomatillo is a green tomato (with a removable skin). It is a "staple in Mexican cuisine." --Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition
Great Crock Pot Green Chili
This easy crock pot recipe creates a great green chili that has spice, flavor, but is not too hot on the palate. Although this recipe makes a great chili to eat alone or with other foods, it also works great as a salsa with tortilla chips and numerous other Mexican dishes.
Slow cooker green chili is a wonderful winter dish but also can be enjoyed year-round as a salsa with chips. The basic ingredient in this wonderfully spicy and flavorful dish is tomatillos. Tomatillos are a wonderful type of green tomato covered in a loose skin that is easily peeled. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and are often called Mexican tomatoes.
Cooked for hours in the slow cooker, these green tomatoes soften and cook to a wonderful flavor, along with several other mostly green ingredients. This recipe, with tomatillos, green chilies, jalapenos, and more, ensure that this recipe definitely goes green!
This tasty green dish is great with added white accompaniments, complements that top off this dish. Items like sour cream take the edge off the spicy heat, even though the chili itself really isn't too hot to eat alone.
I've also found that pouring some green chili over a burrito--perhaps with grated cheese and sour cream--is very tasty, too. This green chili recipe is easy and versatile. If you like spicy Mexican food, you won’t be disappointed!
How to peel and clean your tomatillos!
Where do tomatillos come from? Mexico
Ingredients for Green Chili or Salsa
2 lbs. tomatillos, peeled and cut in half
½ c. (or less) chopped jalapenos
1 4-oz. can diced green chilies
1 7-oz can (or larger) green sauce (salsa verde)
1 med. onion, chopped
½-1 c. water, (depending on how thin or thick you prefer)
cilantro to taste (approx. ¼ cup fresh or dried, preferably fresh)
several flour tortillas, torn in pieces
white cheese (Monterey jack, pepper jack, Asagio, or Swiss), grated
dollops of sour cream as desired
white hominy (optional)
Directions: Put the first 6 ingredients in crock pot. Cook 5 to 7 hours on high. Add chopped cilantro in last hour of cooking time. When ready to serve, tear up soft flour tortillas and line bowls. Serve plenty of the chili in bowl on top of flour tortillas. Top chili with a grated white cheese and a dollop (I love saying that word!) or more of sour cream. I usually like a couple of dollops! Hominy is also a good complement as a side dish or even plopped in the chili.Yellow hominy works well, too, if that is your preference.
And remember: This recipe can also be used to make a salsa verde, or green salsa, to simply eat with chips. This chili has a great flavor and can be poured over many recipes from enchiladas to burritos to chips! This green chili can also be eaten alone with chips, cheese, and other favorite items. Expand, buy a pound or so of tomatillos, and try this glorious green chili recipe!
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