My version of my mother's green chili. I like to serve it over oven-baked burritos or with beans and rice. If you can't find a chile roaster, look for frozen diced chiles at your supermarket. You can also freeze fresh roasted chiles for off-season use.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper to taste, then place into the hot oil. Cook until golden brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Once browned, remove the pork and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in the onion and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

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  • Return the pork to the pot, and stir in the green chiles, diced tomatoes with juice, tomatillo salsa, and chicken broth. Season with oregano and clove. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.

  • After 20 minutes, remove 2 cups of the soup (ensure there are no pork cubes in it), and pour into a blender. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree until smooth, then pour back into the cooking pot. This will create a thicker texture for your chili and will eliminate some of the chunky bits of chiles. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until the pork is very tender, at least 35 minutes more.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in ingredient amounts, as well as the adaptation of using an Instant Pot(R) when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

323 calories; protein 23.1g 46% DV; carbohydrates 12g 4% DV; fat 19.2g 30% DV; cholesterol 67.9mg 23% DV; sodium 887.8mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2010
Perfect Colorado green chili recipe! After browning the meat, onion and garlic I cook mine in the slow cooker - and boy is it ever good. Try and use roasted green chiles - we can get them at farmer's markets and frozen during the off season. In the fall, I usually buy a half bushel of XXX dynamite and half bushel of pueblos and freeze them for use throughout the year. This green chili is PERFECT for breakfast burritos! Thanks so much for sharing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/26/2011
Good taste but still really soupy even though I cut the chicken broth down by a lot. Will tweak more if I try this recipe again. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2010
Perfect Colorado green chili recipe! After browning the meat, onion and garlic I cook mine in the slow cooker - and boy is it ever good. Try and use roasted green chiles - we can get them at farmer's markets and frozen during the off season. In the fall, I usually buy a half bushel of XXX dynamite and half bushel of pueblos and freeze them for use throughout the year. This green chili is PERFECT for breakfast burritos! Thanks so much for sharing. Read More
(98)
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2011
This recipe just won us first place at a chili cook-off. Everything was perfect except like GarlicHead said, it was too liquidy. We made a roux (gravy base) of flour browned in olive oil to thicken the stock. Worth the extra time to get the right consistency. YUM. Read More
(74)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2010
I really enjoyed this. I used my own homemade salsa verde. Since I didnt have any green chilies I used about 4 cans of diced fire roasted green chilies. I served mine over cheese enchiladas! MMM.....Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/01/2011
I have to admit, I'm from Colorado and I am a Green Chili Snob... I've been making green chili for as long as I can remember and understand that everyone who makes green chili has their own recipe. I tried this recipe on a whim, and Was pleasantly surprised. The onion and chicken broth give it a really nice flavor. If you're looking for a good green chili recipe.. This one is worth the time. The only thing I omitted were the cloves.. I'm just not a fan of cloves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2011
I love Chile Verde; but despaired ever finding the perfect recipe. This is it and soooo easy to make! I didn't have any fresh roasted chilies so I used canned-5 of the little cans to equal 2 cups or so. I increased the garlic to 6 cloves as suggested. I also used 1 can of diced tomatoes with added chilies. I chopped the onion 2 of the cans of the chilies the can of tomatoes with juice and the garlic together in my food processor. I browned the cubed pork in olive oil and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Then all of it including 4 cups of chicken broth went into my crock pot. Near the end of cooking I added the dried oregano and the pinch of cloves. I never would have believed that the clove pinch would make such a difference but it did. I don't usually add cloves to recipes because I don't care for it; however in this recipe it is a must! Just before serving I made a roux of olive oil and flour to thicken the sauce. We made smothered Chile Verde burritos and it was delicious! Read More
(41)
Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2011
Pretty good but needed some modifications. The obvious is double the garlic;-). Add one or two fresh tomatoes. Halve the broth. Double the oregano. And for the final touch add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar. This thickens the chili and adds just the right amount of underlying smoothness to balance out the fire of the peppers. Also depending on your peppers you may want to add a few at a time. I had about 2 cups of good NM Hatchs that I added to a double recipe and it was plenty hot! A chacun son goût! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2011
THANK YOU Rosie55 for posting this fabulous recipe! Delicious!! My husband lived in CO many years & craves this kind of green chili but it's almost unheard of in MN. I made a few little changes to suit us: I added in 2 ears of fresh grilled corn doubled the garlic added in a few shakes of roasted cumin and used about 2# of pork butt/shoulder total in the recipe. I floured the pork cubes lightly before sauteing to help create a little extra thickening as we like it thicker to go over burritos omelets etc. I used the Salsa Lisa brand of tomatillo/green chile salsa. For the peppers I used 2 poblanos 2 anaheims 1 jalapeno & 1 small can of roasted diced green chiles. For me the heat was just right. I'll be making this for years to come Thanks again!!!! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2011
Wow! I lived in Colorado for several years and had lots of chili verde but this is the best I've ever had, or made! I must say that I wasn't keen on the tomatillo sauce because I don't care for it but after cooking, resting, reheating and eating that and the pinch of cloves made the dish fantastic!!! I recommend that each person make the recipe for the first time exactly as written. If you want to make changes after that then do. I also recommend making one day, cooling in fridge overnight and then reheating for best taste. Once again, the biggest surprise was the pinch of ground cloves......really makes the dish. Served ontop of freshly mashed potatoes. OUTSTANDING!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2010
I loved the flavor of this chili. I would definitely make it again. My only problem with was that it just never got to the consistency that I would have hoped for such as is with a conventional chili. It was much more loose almost like a soup. Even after I put almost all of the veggies through the blender as prescribed in the recipe the chili stayed too soup like to "pour" over anything much less a burrito. I ended up making it in a slow cooker so perhaps that's the reason. I will be trying it again so we'll just have to wait and see. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
08/26/2011
Good taste but still really soupy even though I cut the chicken broth down by a lot. Will tweak more if I try this recipe again. Read More
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