… from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? There is a Mexican restaurant in West Los Angeles called Don Antonio; we go there fairly regularly. You can count on the ever-predictable Joan to always order Chili Verde. I must admit it is one of the best in Southern California. My Pork Chili Verde is a great hack on this restaurant’s entrée. It’s great served with grilled corn tortillas, a little red Mexican rice and refried beans.
Usually made with pork shoulder Pork Chili Verde is a stew that originated in Northern Mexico. It's known by a number of names including puerco con chile verde, chile verde con cerdo, cerdo en salsa verde, and carne de puerco en salsa verde.
Pork was brought to the new world by the Spanish conquistadors. By late in the 1840s the average Mexican ate chicken, beef and pork and needed a quick, delicious and easy way to prepare the meats. They would sauté some meat in an iron skillet over an open fire, add the Chile Verde sauce, simmer and serve until tender.
There are a number of variations on the basic recipe and purists will usually argue that their version is “authentic.” In fact, like many ethnic dishes, chili verde is prepared in a variety of ways in its native country, so it is safe to say that whichever version a person likes the best is probably authentic enough. My Pork Chili Verde is a very authentic, great hack on the restaurant entrée, and is even better when garnished with Pickled Red Onions (see recipe below).
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
10 fresh tomatillos
3 green jalapeño chile peppers, seeded
1 poblano chile pepper, seeded
3 tablespoons garlic
1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves
2-1/2 cups chicken stock, or more as needed
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup sour cream
pickled red onions, garnish (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
Pickled Red Onions
2 medium-size red onions, peeled
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups red wine vinegar
ChefSecret: Green Pork Chili can easily be made in an Instant Pot. For tender pork pieces, follow the directions above up to the cook; then load and lock all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 45 MINUTES. NATURALLY RELEASE after 10 minutes. If you are in a rush and don’t want the mess you can skip the pork sauté step.
Quip of the Day: “I’m thinking of taking my wine box back to Target. It said, Once opened it will last 6 weeks. It only lasted me 4 hours.”
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