Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Green Chile w/Pork

I've been craving green chile lately which is strange because it's not a dish I typically eat or like much. I had some homemade green chile recently that was made by my brother-in-law's neighbor and it was very good! The chile was more about the chile and less about the pork or the roux. I was so intrigued by it and maybe that's why I'm craving green chile?

I looked for a recipe online and found too many that had strange and non-authentic ingredients. I found the recipe below and liked the simplicity of the ingredients. I made a few changes, mainly because of the ingredients I had on hand, and it turned out well. My first try at green chile was about 15 years ago and it wasn't very good so I never made it again, until now.

My changes to the recipe were:
-fresh garden-grown tomatoes, not canned
-pre-cooked pork called "carnitas"--purchased at Costco
-canned Hatch green chiles--four 4 oz cans (this makes me cringe a little but it worked! Fresh roasted or frozen roasted green chile would probably be best!)
-water, not chicken broth
-I used the smallest amount of cumin, not 2 tablespoons
-I did not use chili powder at all

I found this recipe at Food.com.

  • -2 -3 lbs pork roast (pre-diced pork works well for a faster preparation. Just brown with onions)
  • -2 tablespoons cooking oil or 2 tablespoons lard or 2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • -1 large chopped onion (not traditional) (optional)
  • -1 head minced garlic (taste great, but also helps prevent heart burn)
  • -6 tablespoons flour
  • -1 (15 ounce) can tomatoes, drained
  • -2 cups diced green chilies (I use Big Jims, roasted, peeled and frozen by the bushel every fall)
  • -3 large tomatillos, husks removed and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • -2 -4 teaspoons jalapenos (optional)
  • -5 cups water (broth is not traditional, but I like the flavor better) or 5cups chicken broth (broth is not traditional, but I like the flavor better)
  • -2 tablespoons ground cumin (or to taste)
  • -2 tablespoons ground chili powder (or to taste) (optional)
  • -1 teaspoon salt


  1. 1
    Simmer roast in a large pan until meat is tender and removes from the bone easily. (You can also use diced pork, or pork cube steaks (cut to bite size pieces), browned in the pot with the onion and garlic before adding the rest of the ingredients).
  2. 2
    Cool meat enough to handle.
  3. 3
    Cube cooked pork into bite size pieces.
  4. 4
    Process 1/2 of the green chilies until smooth.
  5. 5
    In the same large pan, melt the lard or bacon grease (or heat oil).
  6. 6
    Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender but not brown.
  7. 7
    Stir flour into the onion, garlic and fat until flour absorbs the oil or fat.
  8. 8
    Add broth or water.
  9. 9
    Cook and stir until mixture comes to boil and is slightly thickened.
  10. 10
    Add cubed meat, drained tomatoes, chopped tomatillos, all of the green chilies and jalapeños if desired (taste first).
  11. 11
    Add the spices a little at a time until you get the taste you like, bringing to a simmer before each addition.
  12. 12
    Simmer for at least 1 hour (longer if you can afford the time), stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  13. 13
    If you want more of a stew type chili, add cubed potatoes 20 minutes before serving; serve with warm tortillas.
  14. 14
    Serve over burritos and garnish with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.
  15. 15
    Leave pork out for a vegetarian green chili sauce.

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