Introduction: Crockpot Pork Chili Verde

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Equipment:
  • Crockpot
  • Saute Pan
  • Grill (optional)

Ingredients:
  • 4 lbs or Pork Shoulder (trimmed and cubed)
  • 2lbs Tomatillos
  • 3 Jalapenos
  • 5 Poblano peppers
  • 4 Cubanelle peppers
  • 6 Whole Garlic Cloves
  • 1 large Onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cups of fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 1 quart Chicken Stock
  • Oil for searing
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  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
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Step 1: Roast Vegetables

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Remove outer husks from the Tomatillos and rinse thoroughly. Coat lightly with Oil and set aside.

Roasting can be done in the oven or over hot coals on a grill.

For Grill:
  • Light a full chimney of coals.
  • Once the coals have started pour on half the grill to create direct and indirect heat zones.
  • Place Tomatillos on the grating directly over the coals.
  • Flip when bottoms are charred. Then cook until tops are charred.
  • If they appear to be charring too quickly, move to an area of the grill further from the coals.
  • When done, place in a bowl and set aside.
  • Wrap the 6 Cloves of Garlic in tinfoil and place on the indirect side of the grill.
  • Working in batches with the Cubanelles, Poblanos, and Jalapenos, char the peppers directly over the coals. Continue until the skin is blackened.
  • Transfer the charred Peppers into a bowl and cover.
  • Keep the Garlic Cloves on the grill until softened

For Oven:
  • Set oven to broil.
  • Place Tomatillos, Jalapenos, and Garlic Cloves in an oven safe dish.
  • Roast for approximately 10 minutes until charred, flipping the Tomatillos half way through.
  • Repeat the above steps for the Cubanelles and Poblanos.

Step 2: Preparing the Meat

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Take the Pork Shoulder and trim off any excess fat and silver skin, then cut into 1" chunks.
Season with Salt and fresh ground Black Pepper and set aside.

Step 3: Browning the Meat

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Heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium high heat in a stainless steel saute pan.

Working in small batches, being careful not to crowd the pan, brown the Pork.
Add additional Oil as necessarily to prevent meat from sticking.
Place browned Pork into a Crockpot.

Step 4: Sauté Onions and Deglaze the Pan

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Add Onions and about 1/4 cup of Chicken Stock to deglaze the pan.
Scrape the bottom of the pan using a wooden spoon/spatula to pull up the fond (tasty brown bits).
Cook Onions until soft and translucent.

Step 5: Peel Peppers and Garlic

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Remove the charred skin from the Peppers and remove the Garlic from its skin.
At this time remove the seeds and stems from the Peppers.
If needed rinse under cold water.

Step 6: Blend the Sauce

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Working in batches, place the whole roasted Tomatillos, Peppers, Onions, Garlic, and 1/3 of the Chicken Stock into a blender or food processor.
Add Cumin, Cayenne, and fresh Cilantro.
Pulse until blended but still chunky.
Pour over Pork in Crockpot.
Repeat for the remaining vegetables.

Step 7: Set and Forget (For a Bit....)

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Cover Crockpot and cook on High for 3-4 hours or until Pork easily shreds with a fork.

Step 8: Reducing and Finishing (Optional)

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Your chili is now ready to eat.

Or you can shred the Pork and transfer to a saute pan along with a portion of the sauce and reduce to the desired consistency.

Step 9: EAT

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We served ours over rice with cheese, avocado, and fresh corn tortillas.

Also makes for some bang'n huevos rancheros the next day.

Comments

firefly68 (author)2013-05-23

I detest bell peppers! Cubanelles are not bells, they're a mild, kind of sweet chile. I don't think they're usually used in Mexican cooking, and I don't think I saw them much on the West coast. Common on the East, though. Outstanding recipe! I miss good Mexican food soooooo much!

streetrod5 (author)2013-02-05

I made this for my wife last night - she exclaimed "Wow! Good job, honey, this is amazing!" And I agree.

I browned the pork and sauteed the onions in a 6 qt/5.7 Litre Dutch oven, and cooked the Chili for 3 hours in a 300 degree oven.

I had no luck finding Cubanelle chiles, even in Seattle, the foodie mecca. I asked at three grocery stores before inquiring at a Mexican market... they said Cubanelles are the same as bell peppers (which I will not eat), but Wikipedia has a picture that looks more like Pasilla chiles, so I grabbed those instead. The sauce was perfect!     Just wondering where you get your Cubanelles.

Thank you for a great 'ible, and for a new favorite recipe.

PS, I would recommend using aluminum foil to line your pan if you roast these in the oven.

jessyratfink (author)2012-03-26

NOM. This looks beyond wonderful. I think I'll need to get the ingredients for this. I have some pork shoulder just waiting to be made yummy. :D