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Easy, Delicious Chile Verde Recipes

Updated on March 24, 2012

Green Chili Recipes with Pork or Chicken

This traditional Mexican dish is so versatile. Chile Verde is delicious made with either pork or chicken. Eat it as a stew, wrap some in a tortilla or serve it over rice and beans. Chile Verde freezes beautifully, so you can make a large batch and have some for later.

Authentic chile verde recipes include tomatillos, but a few of these recipes get their "verde" (green) from green chiles. Tomatillos give a dish a tangy, citrusy flavor, while chiles can add heat or their own distinctive flavors, whether sweet or slightly bitter. The different recipes result in very different tastes, but both are yummy. Enjoy these tasty Chile Verde recipes.

Photo by kimll

Chile Verde Recipe

An easy Mexican recipe for pork filling or stew

3 pounds cubed pork stew meat

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large yellow onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt

freshly ground pepper, to taste

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

4-1/2 cups chicken broth

4 fresh poblano chile peppers, seeded and chopped

2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1-1/2 pounds fresh tomatillos, husks removed

1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

1. In a large stock pot, over high heat, sear the pork in the vegetable oil until golden brown. Remove the pork from the pot, reserve 2 tablespoons oil in the pan.

2. Cook the chopped onion and garlic, seasoned with salt and pepper, in the reserved oil until onions are tender.

3. Add cumin, then stir in pork and chicken stock. Simmer for 1/2 hour.

4. Stir in poblanos, jalapenos and bell peppers.

5. Puree the tomatillos and cilantro in a blender, and add them to the pot. Cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Serves 10.

Chile Verde with Roasted Tomatillos Recipe

Roasting the tomatillos give this green chili recipe a wonderful depth.

1 1/2 pounds tomatillos

5 garlic cloves, not peeled

2 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, chopped

2 Anaheim or Poblano chiles (optional)

1 bunch cilantro leaves, cleaned and chopped

3 1/2 to 4 pounds pork shoulder (also called pork butt), trimmed and cut into 1 to 2-inch cubes


Freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil

2 yellow onions

3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

2 Tbsp of chopped fresh oregano or 1 Tbsp of dried oregano

2 1/2 cups chicken stock

Pinch of ground cloves

1. Remove papery husks from tomatillos and rinse well. Cut in half and place cut side down, along with 5 unpeeled garlic cloves, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place under a broiler for about 5-7 minutes to lightly blacken the skin. Remove from oven, let cool enough to handle.

2. Place tomatillos into blender. Peel the roasted garlic cloves and add them to the blender. Add chopped Jalapeño peppers, other chilies (if you are using them), and cilantro to the blender. Pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed.

3. Season the pork cubes generously with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat and brown pork chunks well on all sides. Work in batches so that the pork is not crowded in the pan and has a better chance to brown well. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, lift pork out of pan and place in bowl, set aside.

4. Pour off excess fat and place the onions and garlic in the same skillet and cook, stirring occasionally until limp, about 5 minutes. Add the pork back to the pan. Add the oregano and tomatillo chile verde sauce to the pork and onions. Add enough chicken stock to cover meat. Add a pinch of ground cloves and a little salt and pepper.

5. Bring to a boil and reduce to a slight simmer. Cook for 2-3 hours uncovered or until the pork is fork tender.

Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with Spanish rice or warmed flour tortillas or freshly made corn tortillas.

Serves 8.

Crockpot Chile Verde Recipe

Brown the meat, then throw all the ingredients into the crockpot. EASY!

1 1/2 pounds chicken or pork boneless and diced to cubes

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup green chile sauce

2 cups tomatillos, husks removed and coarsely chopped

2 roasted green chiles, seeded and diced (Anaheim or Poblano work well)

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and diced

1 medium onion, peeled and diced

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)

3 tablespoons oil

2 cups water

1. Brown the chicken or pork in a small amount of lard or oil, over high heat.

2. Place the browned chicken or pork, chile sauce and tomatillos into a crock pot set on low, or a large, covered pot over low heat. Simmer for 2 hours.

3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 2 hours. Check every 30 minutes and add water as necessary. Serve hot.

Here's My Own Chicken Chile Verde Recipe

Not too hot, but really flavorful. Perfect over rice or as a tortilla filler.

3-1/2 to 4 pounds of chicken (I use leg quarters or thighs or whatever is on sale)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 tablespoons cumin

4 cups chicken broth

2 poblano peppers, finely chopped

1 pound tomatillos, dehusked and coarsely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup flour

1. In a large stock pot, cook onion and garlic til soft. Stir in cumin and cook for a couple more minutes, stirring constantly.

2. Stir in chicken broth and poblanos.

3. Place chicken in broth mixture and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning chicken pieces over after 15 minutes.

4. Puree tomatillos in food processor or blender. Add to stock pot. Simmer another 30 minutes.

5. Remove chicken from pot, cool enough to handle and remove meat from bones. Shred or pull chicken into small pieces.

6. Mix flour and 1/2 cup water in lidded jar. Close jar and shake to thoroughly mix flour and water. Stir into pot. Increase heat to high. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.

7. Add chicken to pot. Heat on medium until chicken is heated through.

I recommend chicken enchiladas made with this chicken chile verde filling, topped with my favorite Mole Sauce.

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Pork and Green Chile Casserole Recipe

I think a few tomatillos would be yummy in this.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin chops, cut into bite-size pieces

1 1/2 cups instant brown rice, uncooked

1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

2 (4 ounce) cans diced green chile peppers

3 tablespoons chunky salsa

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 cup shredded Colby cheese

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or stock pot over medium-high heat. Add pork, and sauté until browned. Drain off grease.

2. Add the rice, cream of chicken soup, black beans, tomatoes, green chiles, salsa and water. Season with cumin. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). When the pork mixture is cooked, transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over the top.

4. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Serve with tortillas.

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 pounds pork loin, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

4 cups water

4 potatoes, peeled and cubed

8 green chile peppers, chopped

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained

3 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the oil and onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until onions are tender.

2. Dredge the pork in the flour and add to the pot. Sauté quickly until browned.

3. Add the broth, water, potatoes and chile peppers. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

4. Add the black beans, kidney beans, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 30 minutes or more.

Photo by kimll

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    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Some tasty recipes. I love chile verde.

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      6 years ago

      Ya se me antoj!!!

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      6 years ago

      Growing up in Pueblo CO, and Deming NM we ate "green chile" or "chile verde" all the time, with both Hatch and Pueblo chiles. I miss it soooooo much.

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      6 years ago

      My mom used to make chile verde a lot when we were kids. I love this lens. I plan to try it myself!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      We eat quite a bit of chili verde, which my husband often makes when we get down to the bottom of our pork roasts made in our crock pot. We sometimes use his homemade chili verde with our huevos rancheros. And it it was on that huevos lens of mine that I found this one in the Disovery Tool. I'll have to show my husband some of these variations on the recipe.

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      9 years ago

      I really like this lens 5 stars.

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      10 years ago

      Mexican and Italian are my two favorite kinds of food! We will be eating some "Bee's" food around here!

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      funwithtrains lm 

      10 years ago

      I love Tex-Mex! 5 stars!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. Now I'm hungry! I'll have to try some of these out!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      These recipes look really good! Nice lens.


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