Chili Verde

Chili Verde

This popular New Mexican dish is essentially a green chile stew often made with pork.

Cooking Light MAY 2007

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup rice, 1 cup pork mixture, and 1 lime wedge)


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cups chopped onion (about 2)
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded Anaheim chile
  • 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeño pepper (about 1)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 5 (11-ounce) cans whole tomatillos, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
  • 8 lime wedges


Preheat oven to 400°.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper over pork. Add pork to pan; cook 8 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan. Add onion, chile peppers, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Return pork to pan. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, broth, oregano, cumin, coriander, and tomatillos; bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 400° for 1 hour. Stir in cilantro. Cover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until pork is tender. Cool completely. Place mixture in an airtight container or heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; freeze.

Thaw pork mixture overnight in refrigerator. Reheat in microwave or place mixture in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Serve over rice. Garnish with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 437
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 14.5g
  • Saturated fat: 3.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Protein: 28.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 46.2g
  • Fiber: 6.3g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg
  • Iron: 4.3mg
  • Sodium: 591mg
  • Calcium: 65mg

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