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Pork Green Chili

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Pork Green Chili

Pork Green Chili Stew

Photo © Molly Watson

This Pork Green Chili uses plenty of roasted and peeled relatively mild chiles and succulent pork to create an easy and warming stew. Serve with warm corn tortillas for maximum effect.

I usually make this stew using a bit of beer and then just plain water – the chiles and pork add plenty of flavor all on their own – but for added depth and savoriness, feel free to use broth. Chicken, turkey, beef, or vegetable broth all work, they just add different back notes of flavor to the final stew.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 12 large mild green chiles, such as Hatch chiles
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 Tablespoons lard or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste (if you’re using commercial broth, reduce this amount to about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 pounds well-trimmed pork butt or shoulder cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup beer or broth or water
  • 2 cups broth or water

Preparation:

  1. First you need to roast and peel those chiles. You can roast the chiles over a gas burner or under a broiler. Then put the chiles in a bowl and cover with a pot lid or foil. Let them sit and steam and cool down a bit for at least 15 minutes. Scrape off and remove peels, pull off stems, remove seeds, and chop. Set chiles aside.
  2. Then peel and thinly slice the onion. Heat lard or oil in a large, heavy pot. Add onions, chiles, and salt and cook, stirring when you think of it, until soft, about 3 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl, leaving as much fat in the pot as possible.
  3. Brown the pork, working in batches just large enough to be in the pot in a single layer of pieces that don’t touch. This step adds extra flavor and helps melt some of the fat off the meat.
  4. Once you’ve browned all the pork and have transferred it out of the pot, sprinkle the remaining fat/oil in the pot with the flour. Cook, stirring, until flour smells cooked, about 3 minutes. Add beer, broth or water and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot. The mixture should thicken up fairly quickly. Add the 2 cups of broth or water and return vegetables and pork to the pot. Everything should be covered by liquid, add more broth or water if necessary.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook, covered until pork is extremely tender, about an hour. Alternatively, you can put the whole covered pot in a 350°F oven and bake for about an hour.
  6. Remove lid and simmer to reduce and thicken liquid, if you like. Add more salt to taste, if you like.
  7. You can cool the stew and remove the fat that will congeal on top, but be warned that that will remove some of the delicious, unctuous flavor.

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