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Green Chile and Tomatillo Pork Stew


This is a very versatile dish; it can be cooked in advance, in the oven or in a slow cooker. If you use a slow cooker, brown pork on stovetop first then transfer to slow cooker with the onion-pepper puree and seasonings. Allow 8-10 hours cook time, until pork is tender and falling apart.

  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Source: Mad Hungry, April 2011


  • 6 tomatillos, husked and quartered
  • 3 jalapenos, split lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed if you don't want a lot of heat
  • 2 cups chicken stock, plus more if needed
  • 3 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1 pork shoulder, picnic or fresh ham 3-5 lbs (depending how many you want to feed or how much you want to have left over)
  • 3 medium white onions peeled and quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, divided into small sprigs
  • 1 cup toasted and salted pepitas
  • 1 block queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1 bottle hot sauce
  • Corn Tortillas, warmed


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Combine tomatillos, jalapenos, and 1/4 cup of chicken stock in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the tomatillo begins to break down and get soft. Remove from heat.

  3. Heat a large, oven-safe Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add grape seed oil. Add pork to hot pan and brown well on all sides. Remove pork from pan and pour off most of the oil and fat. Reserve some fat in pan.

  4. Add tomatillo, jalapeno, onion, and garlic to food processor and puree until smooth. Return pork pan to medium heat and add puree to the reserved fat in pan. Add cumin and salt, and heat through.

  5. Add the rest of chicken stock into pot with puree and stir to combine.

  6. Nestle pork back into the pot of puree and stock. The pork should be covered about 3/4 of the way. Add more stock if needed. Cover and put in preheated oven for about 3-4 hours, until pork is tender and falling apart. Turn the pork at least once halfway through the cook time. Using two forks, shred the pork a bit and mix it through the sauce to get the flavor incorporated into all the pork. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Serve pork stew right out of the pot and top with garnishes (cilantro, queso fresco, pepitas, and hot sauce). Serve heated corn tortillas on the side for dipping and scooping.

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  • MS12526170
    12 JUL, 2017
    I make this in a crock-pot, once I brown the roast. It works great for potlucks! To hot for the oven to be on, it's 88° + this time of year!!!
  • HaroldByford
    12 JUL, 2017
    Long green chilis such as those from the Hatch Valley, New Mexico. Also called Anaheims.
  • HaroldByford
    12 JUL, 2017
    Where is the green chili. Not mentioned in the recipe? Jalapenos are not green chili.
  • Carla Semola
    2 FEB, 2015
    I first made this recipe a few years ago and made it again tonight, but I seasoned and roasted the tomatillos and jalapenos instead of boiling them, then blended all of the sauce ingredients in my Vitamix including the chicken stock, salt and cumin. I also added a previously roasted Hatch chile to bump up the sauce a notch. Almost four hours later, I had a potful of tender, mouthwatering deliciousness - this recipe may not be what some call an authentic "green chile" stew, but I love it!
  • Pecos Area Guide of New Mexico
    26 NOV, 2013
    Where is the Green Chile in this recipe? This is a nice soup/stew, but it has nothing to do with Green Chile.
  • whstoneman
    27 MAY, 2011
    A definite keeper of a recipe! Thanks. Loved the dish right out of the pan...but it tastes far superior the next day reheated!