If you order a bowl of authentic Mexican chile verde in the Southwest, you'll find hunks of juicy, tender pork shoulder that have been braised for hours in a tart tomatillo-chile sauce. While the original is worthy of a special weekend project, we wanted a recipe that we could make on any lazy Sunday and still be delicious. By using storebought ingredients that bring maximum flavor with the minimal amount of fuss, we created a hearty and warming chile verde that is practically hands-off. In a rush? Try the pressure-cooker version of this recipe, instead.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2019


Credit: Justin Walker

Recipe Summary

25 mins
3 hrs 25 mins
Serves 4 to 6


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat a medium Dutch oven (6 to 8 quarts) over medium-high. Swirl in 2 tablespoons oil. Working in batches, brown pork all over, 16 to 20 minutes total (adding remaining oil when needed). Let pork cool slightly, then cut into 1-inch chunks.

  • Return Dutch oven to medium-high heat. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Return pork to Dutch oven along with canned chiles, salsa, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, then cover and transfer to oven. Roast until pork is very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.

  • Let stand 10 minutes; skim fat with a spoon and serve with various accompaniments on the side.

Cook's Notes

Browning the pork in a few larger pieces gives you the flavor you are looking without having to brown it in multiple stages.