Monday, May 23, 2011

Quest for a good green chili recipe

It seems like for years I have been trying to perfect a green chili recipe.  I have gotten close, but I have never really developed a system for keeping track of the recipes I like and the recipes I don't like, along with new ideas to make the ok recipes better.  So, I'm going to use this blog to hopefully develop some kind of system, and maybe get new ideas.  There's a restaurant here in Denver that has me convinced they're using corned beef in their chili because of the flavor, but they may just performing the whole "corning" process on pork (I'm not sure the term or how you make corned beef).  I'd like to figure that out and try it out something, but probably not with this first receipe. So, here's recipe #1.  I'll post results later.

2 red onions, chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and halved
3 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and halved
2 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
10 flour tortillas, warmed

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, toss the onions, tomatillos, jalapenos, and garlic with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast until soft and starting to brown, about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring twice during roasting.

Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat. Brown the pork, in batches, until well-browned. Add all of the pork back to the pan and cover with chicken stock. Add the roasted vegetables, cover the pan and place in the oven. Cook until the pork is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

While pork is cooking, place the cilantro in a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of water and puree. Remove the pork from the oven and stir in the cilantro puree.

Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.


  1. My mouth was watering reading your post. This looks good. Following.

  2. Thanks! I'm going to try it out soon ;)

  3. I hope I dont forget to try it. usually im totally excited but forget it soon....

  4. Looks like a good recipe for a cold winter night!

  5. This sounds tasty, I'll try this for sure.