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Chili Verde in a bowl topped with grated cheese and chopped cilantro

Chile Verde (Green Chili)

Chile Verde aka Green Chili is a slow cooked pork stew with tomatillos and green chillies.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chile verde, green chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 126kcal


  • 50g/2-3 strips pork lardons or bacon chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 heads garlic minced
  • 150g/1.5 cups tomatillos or physalis halved
  • 150g (15 padron peppers) poblano peppers or padron peppers
  • 2-3 jalapenos peppers finely chopped, seeds and membranes removed
  • 2 lbs pork shoulder or butt cubed
  • 50g/1/2 cup cilantro/coriander chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 litre water


  • Set your oven setting on broil and move the rack so it's approximately 6 inches away from the element.
  • Put padron peppers on a baking sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes until the skins are blistered. Pay close attention to avoid burning. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • In a deep cast iron pot fry pork lardons or bacon on medium-high heat until all visible fat melts. Then add onion, garlic, physalis or tomatillos if using and jalapeno peppers and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, remove from the pot and set aside.
  • To the same pot add large pork cubes and sear on the outside surface, return pork lardon and vegetables to the pot, add chopped padron peppers, cilantro, cumin, salt and water.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible, cover with a lid and simmer for 4-5 hours. 30 minutes before cooking time is up take all pork out with a slotted spoon and put it in a bowl, shred it with two forks, then return back to the pot.


  • Alternatively you can cook this chili in a slow cooker for 8 hours on LOW or 4-5 hours on HIGH. 
  • Serve over steamed rice topped with shredded cheese or use as a filling for burritos and tacos.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 539IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg