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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

Tequila Pork Chile Verde

A surprisingly quick and upscale Mexican meal, this easy stew is made with crispy cornmeal-ancho-and-chili-crusted pork tenderloin, tart tomatillos, canned green chiles, jalapeños, and stock. As it simmers, the flavors mellow until it's time for the final touch: a splash of tequila.

Fresh tomatillos come in papery husks, which peel off easily to reveal what looks like small green tomatoes. They have a tart lemony flavor and must be cooked before eating; a brief stewing will mellow the flavor while leaving some of the characteristic tang.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2007

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
  • Prep time:35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh tomatillos (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped mild green chiles, drained
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Combine cornmeal and chile powder in a medium bowl. Add pork, tossing to coat. Remove pork from bowl, reserving any remaining cornmeal mixture. Add pork to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in remaining cornmeal mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in tomatillos, broth, chiles, and jalapeño; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook 8 minutes or until tomatillos are tender. Stir in onions and remaining ingredients; simmer 1 minute.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 245
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 7.4g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 26.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.8g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
  • Iron: 2.7mg
  • Sodium: 407mg
  • Calcium: 30mg
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