Chili Verde Recipe

Chili Verde Recipe

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This spicy Chili Verde Recipe is “off the charts good,” at least according to my husband, Scott. Chunks of pork are cooked in a delicious made-from-scratch tomatillo sauce, until extremely tender.

What Does Chili Verde Mean?

You’re probably familiar with Salsa Verde, but have you ever had Chili Verde? “Chili Verde” simply means “green chili” in Spanish. It’s a slow-cooked Mexican stew made with a mixture of tomatillos, peppers, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and spices. All this goodness is simmered to perfection with tender chunks of pork. Is your mouth watering yet?

chili verde and chips

Should You Roast Tomatillos For Chili Verde?

I’ve seen recipes where for the sake of ease, skip roasting the vegetables, while some use bottles salsa verde. That’s fine if you’re in a bind and can’t find tomatillos, otherwise, please don’t make the same mistake. When it comes to cooking, quicker is definitely not better!

one tomatillo in a hand

Roasting the vegetables adds a deep, rich flavor that really enhances the flavor of this dish. I don’t know about you, but I definitely prefer roasted garlic over plain garlic. So please, no cutting corners. Crank up the tunes, pour yourself a margarita, and enjoy the process!

How to Roast Vegetables for Chile Verde

Place peeled and washed tomatillos on a foil-lined pan. Add poblano peppers, quartered onion, Serranos, and one head of garlic. Drizzle the garlic with one teaspoon olive oil. Broil the vegetables on high until charred.

vegetables being roasted on a pan
roasted tomatillos for chili verde
roasted vegetables in a blender cup

Can You Freeze Chili Verde?

Chili Verde is perfect for freezing. In fact, whenever I make this Chili Verde recipe, I end up freezing half of it. The quickest and easiest way to do that is to pour the extra Chili Verde in a large freezer Ziplock bag. Next, squeeze all the air out of the bag and seal.

How to Defrost Frozen Chili Verde

To defrost the frozen Chili Verde, remove the plastic bag from the freezer and soak in a deep bowl, filled with water. If you are not pressed for time, allow the Chili Verde to come to room temperature over a few hours. Otherwise, defrost in a microwave, or reheat on the stovetop.

Serving Suggestions

Chili Verde can be enjoyed in a bowl with a side of chips, similar to other chilis. But that’s just one possibility. This tasty dish can also be served over some Mexican rice. But why stop there?

chili verde recipe

My personal favorite way of enjoying Chili Verde is in tacos. Use a slotted spoon to drain most of the liquid, then serve with corn tortillas, sour cream, and shredded cheese.

chili verde tacos

Chili Verde quesadillas are also a great possibility. If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, you can use some to make Mexican scrambled eggs the following morning.

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“Off the Charts” Chili Verde
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins

Off the charts chili verde, even better than what you get at your favorite restaurant!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 275 kcal
  • 1-1/2 lbs. tomatillos
  • 3 poblano chilis
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 lbs. pork cubed
  • 1 T. salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 T. dried oregano
  1. Peel and rinse tomatillos. Arrange on a foil-lined sheet. Add poblanos and serranos. Roughly chop the onion and add to the tray. Slice the top off of the garlic bulb and add the bulb to the tray. Drizzle the garlic with one teaspoon olive oil. Broil the vegetables on high until charred.
  2. While the vegetables are in the oven, salt, and pepper the cubed pork. Heat the remaining oil in a cast-iron skillet. Sear the meat, working in batches. Add the seared meat to a crockpot, including the pan juices.
  3. Peel the skin off of the charred poblano chilis and serranos, once they’re cool enough to handle.
  4. Add the charred vegetables to a blender, along with the cilantro, and chicken stock. Depending on the size of your blender, you might have to do this in batches.
  5. Pulse the vegetables until roughly chopped.
  6. Pour the mixture over the meat in the crockpot. Stir in the cumin seeds and oregano. Cover the crockpot and cook for four to six hours.
  7. Serve in a bowl, with a dollop of sour cream and a side of tortilla chips.
Nutrition Facts
"Off the Charts" Chili Verde
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 151mg50%
Sodium 1317mg57%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 15g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 thoughts on “Chili Verde Recipe”

  • Hi Stuart,
    Great questions! I would definitely leave out the serrano peppers. If you consider poblanos too spicy, just replace them with bell peppers. Or maybe do 1/2 poblanos and 1/2 bell peppers? It really just depends on how mild you want to make it. Let me know how it goes!

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