Green Chili Recipe

Prepare to wow yourself. This Green Chili recipe is one of the best meals to come out of our kitchen in a good long while. It tastes like an all-day, slow-simmered authentic pork green chili recipe you’d eat in New Mexico (desert sunset view included), but thanks to a few carefully thought-out shortcuts, you can pull it together when you arrive home from work.

Thick and rich Pork Green Chili made easy and healthy. Tastes like authentic New Mexico or Colorado green chili, but is made in a fraction of the time with ingredients you can find at any grocery store!Pin it on Pinterest!

The green chili recipe hole on this website has been pestering me.

But up until today, we didn’t have a green chili for one very specific reason:

Authentic pork green chili is a pain.

Healthy Green Chili. This pork green chili is flavorful and perfect for a family dinner.

No matter how many recipes for from-scratch green chili I read, I couldn’t find a single one that didn’t require me to dirty every bowl in my kitchen, spend hours prepping vegetables, or seek out ingredients I can’t find year-around (a hatch green chili recipe was out, for example, because I can’t easily find hatch chiles in Wisconsin). Even the ever-accessible Pioneer Woman’s pork green chili wasn’t as straightforward as I needed.

The easy green chili recipes I found had the opposite problem. They relied entirely on processed ingredients. I wanted more than canned green enchilada sauce mixed with a can of green chiles and so-so pork, because I think we can and deserve to eat better.

A few trial batches, departures with hatch green chili recipe tradition (ahem, using hatch chilis at all—don’t tell New Mexico), pounds of poblanos later, and HERE WE ARE: a World Champion Green Chili Recipe that tastes of all-day, slave-away effort but is (close to) one bowl and relatively hands free.

When you take a bite of this Green Chili, it will take your breath away for a moment. The flavor is so rich and complex, the texture of the broth so velvety smooth and hearty, and the pork so tender, it will make you pause and ask yourself, Did I really cook something this soul-strikingly delicious?

Yes, you did! Scoop yourself some seconds.

Easy Pork Green Chili. Tastes like a tradition recipe in a fraction of the time!

Green Chili: A Little Bit of Background

Green chili is wildly popular in the Southwest, where its core ingredient (green chiles) flourishes in the desert climate. Hatch green chili is a way of life in New Mexico. Colorado has its own version, which uses Pueblo chiles.

Since I live in the veritable anthesis of a desert (the tundra Wisconsin) and hatch chiles are only found fresh once a year, I needed to be creative. Fortunately for my chilly predicament, the spirit and philosophy of green chili is to resourcefully cook with the ingredients you can find in your own backyard.

Or in the case of my snow-smothered backyard, my local grocery store.

Green Chili. Easy, healthy, and flavorful!

How to Make the Best Green Chili–Easy and Healthy!

Here’s how I improvised a green chili using ingredients I could find in Wisconsin in the dead of winter, in a fraction of the time, and with fewer dishes to wash in the end.

  • Roasted Vegetables. What makes green chili one of the most special things you will ever taste is its deep, slow-cooked flavor. You can taste the hours of love in every bite. To simulate this same effect, I started by roasting poblano peppers (which are widely available year round), onion, garlic, and jalapeños in the oven. Roasting gives the green chili intense flavor in a fraction of the time.
  • Tomatillo (Green) Salsa. The ultimate shortcut! Since scrubbing fresh tomatillos is time consuming, I opted to add them to the chili in the form of ready-made green salsa instead. (You can find tomatillo salsa at almost any grocery store.)
  • Cornmeal. To thicken the chili more quickly, I stirred in cornmeal. It’s a gluten-free alternative to thickening with flour, and the cornmeal’s taste is both subtle and a natural companion to the Southwest flavors.
  • Pork Tenderloin. While pork shoulder (a.k.a. pork butt) is traditional for green chili recipes, it’s a tougher, fattier cut of meat that takes hours of simmering to become tender. Pork tenderloin is leaner and requires little more than a half hour to become so fall-apart tender, you can cut it with your spoon.
  • Hominy. Big, puffy, soft, and chewy kernels of corn that go through a special processing technique, hominy is an undersung ingredient that’s sold in the Hispanic aisle of most grocery stores. It deserves far more attention than it receives. Once you try it in this chili, you’ll start wanting to add it to everything.

Pork Green Chili. Easy, healthy, and tastes like traditional New Mexico green chili.

When I opened the lid of this chili and scooped my first spoonful right from the pot (do you do this at home too?), I knew I had tasted something special.

This green chili recipe takes the best of what we can find even in the middle of freezing weather and turns it into something so deeply warming, it satisfied a part of me that I didn’t realize had been lacking.

We shared our Green Chili leftovers with friends for dinner, and all four of us agreed this is one of the best chili recipes we’ve ever had. I can’t wait for you to try it, and I’d love to hear what you think if you do!

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Green Chili

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
An easy take on an authentic pork green chili recipe made with ingredients you can find at any grocery store. Thick and comforting with incredible depth of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3 poblano peppers — stemmed, seeded, and coarsely chopped into 3/4-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves — peels on and left whole
  • 2 jalapeno peppers — seeds and membranes removed and chopped into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium yellow onion — chopped into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil — divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt — divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper — divided
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin — cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup fine-grain cornmeal
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar prepared tomatillo (green) salsa — about 1 1/2 cups
  • 3–4 cups low-sodium chicken broth — divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white hominy, drained

For serving:

  • Sliced avocado
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Plain nonfat Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. For easy cleanup, line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place the poblanos, garlic, jalapeño, and onion in the center. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the peppers and onions are golden brown and soft. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool. Peel the garlic, then further chop the vegetables into small pieces.

  2. While the vegetables roast, heat a large dutch oven or similar sturdy-bottomed pot with a lid over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Then once the oil is hot but not yet smoking, add half of the pork and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir and cook, disturbing the pork as little as possible, until the pork is lightly browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. It will not be cooked all the way through. Remove to a plate and set aside. Repeat with the second half of the pork, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Return all of the pork to the pot.

  3. Sprinkle in the cornmeal, then stir to coat. Stir in the diced tomatoes in their juices, tomatillo salsa, 3 cups chicken broth, oregano, cloves, and chopped roasted vegetables.

  4. Bring the chili to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium low, partially cover the pot, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. With a ladle or large spoon, scoop 2 cups of the chili from the pot and transfer to a blender. Be sure to scoop up some of the roasted vegetables and tomatoes, but be careful that you do not get any pork cubes. (I find it easiest to scoop up big ladlefuls, then use a fork to pick the pork cubes out and put them back into the pot, then transfer the ladle contents to the blender.) Hold down the blender lid with a folded kitchen towel. Pulse it a few times to get the soup moving, then increase the pulse time by a few seconds per pulse, until it purées easily. Purée the mixture until smooth, then pour it back into the pot.

  6. Stir in the hominy. Continue to simmer partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the pork is very tender, about 15 minutes more. Give the chili one last big stir. If the chili is thicker than you would like, add the additional 1 cup of chicken broth a little at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Enjoy hot, topped with avocado, cilantro, and/or Greek yogurt as desired.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southwest
Keyword: chili verde, green chili recipe, pork green chili

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 of 5, about 1 1/2 cups) — Calories: 427, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 43g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

24 comments

  1. Looks good and can’t wait to try! Although I’m going to try it with regular corn instead of hominy, since I’m not a fan of hominy. And I live in AZ. Lol Not sure if I’ll just use a can or try roasting an ear or two.

  2. Erin, how much heat does including roasted poblano and jalapeno peppers create in this chili?

    • Sarah, this chili is actually pretty mild! Roasting makes the vegetables deepen in flavor and gives the chili richness, but not too much spice. Just be sure to remove the membranes/seeds from the jalapenos (poblanos are already mild.)

  3. This sounds so good!! Can you cook it in the crockpot?

  4. Stephanie Monaghan-Blout Reply

    Erin
    Love your website, love the attention to healthy eating and good food, and love the nutrition info at the end. But Why don’t you include sodium? that’s really important for people on a low sodium diet.

    • Hi Stephanie, thank you so much for the kind words about my site! The sodium content of a dish can vary widely depending upon the brands of ingredients used, so I do not include it in my nutrition estimates. If sodium is an important consideration in your diet, an online resource like MyFitnessPal can help—you can plug in a recipe URL and customize the ingredients to brands you use to get a more accurate estimate. I hope it can be a helpful resource for you!

  5. Hi Erin,
    your recipe has a lot of errors in it, like you have misspelled chile several times. Chili is only used for a chile stews, such as chile con carne or the popular name for it is tex-mex chili. When referring to chile peppers you use the spelling ‘chile’ as in New Mexico Hatch Chile (peppers). 
    When you describe a dish or a stew like yours, the proper grammar is to call it green chile stew, never green chili. 
    The second issue is, if you are associating the trade marked terms ‘hatch’ or ‘new mexico green chile’ with a fusion stew like yours, you might get into some problems. New Mexican’s are very protective when it comes to misrepresenting their major outport. Only quite recently there was legal problems when companies in Colorado were marketing their green chiles as ‘authentic’ which infringes on the existing trademarks. 
    I’m sure it’s easy for you to verify what I’m saying is right and correct. 
    Now to talk about your recipe! If you are putting hominy in the stew, you can’t call it green chile stew but posole. I think you might have got mixed up when you wrote this and properly meaning to make some kind of posole. I hope you are able to understand, when calling one thing something else might not seem wrong to some, but to other cultures it is very rude, and I could compare this to calling a pork casserole , kosher! That would be extremely rude and insensitive to jews. Just because New Mexico is one of the poorer southern states dons’t mean that is ok to trample on their culture. Take no offense because there is none given, and take it all with an open heart. 

    • Hi Susanna, this one adaptation and interpretation of green chili that we really loved and wanted to share, and it was certainly not meant to be disrespectful. I never meant for this post to be offensive by any means, so I am sorry if it came off that way.

  6. I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious!   A very easy recipe to make and full of flavor.  I dipped out the 2 cups of chili (picked out the pork as instructed) and used my immersion blender.  Topped with avocado and fresh jalapeño slices and served with Tostito scoops!  Another great recipe from Well Plated!

  7. Erin
    In the South West or in New Mexico ,as you claim this is inspired by, the word “chili” is never used. The right way is to spell this is “Chile”. Chili is Americanize word for “Chile Con Carne”
     ‘Chile’ is used in reference to both the peppers and also for the dish. But you still need to use the conjugate noun with “Green Chile” or else you are just talking about the pepper itself. Correct way is to say “Green Chile Burger” or “Green Chile Stew”…
    Also in making “Green Chile Stew” one never puts hominy into it, that would exclusively be put into “Red Chile” dishes , such as ‘Posole’..
    The authentic “Green Chile Stew” is actually much lower in carbohydrates and sodium vs this recipe and doesn’t call for so much corn products. It’s true that some might put potatoes in the Stew but many omit that and go with more complex, healthier carbohydrates such as pinto beans. 

    • Hi Maria, this one adaptation and interpretation of green chili that we really loved and wanted to share. I never meant for this post to be offensive by any means, so I am sorry if it came off that way.

  8. I made this chili for the first time yesterday, took it to a party/friendly chili competition, and won 1st prize!  Granted, this was all in fun and not a “major award,” but thanks! Only critique from the judges (which I agree with) was that the meat didn’t pervade the chili. Next time, think I’ll add shredded chicken or pork (using pressure cooker) and see how it tastes.

  9. Hungry College Student Reply

    Made this last night and it turned out great! The heat kind of hit me when I tried it at first but it was actually a good level of spice as I was eating it. I also used pasilla peppers because my store didn’t have poblanos and it still worked out pretty good. Avocado and sour cream on top made it extra amazing.

  10. If possible, I’d give this recipe an extra star for incredible flavor, ease of preparation, and craveability! I served it tonight for dinner with lots of fresh avocado slices, cheddar, sour cream & tortilla chips. Even my 6 year grandson kept asking for more “sauce” and hominy! I especially loved the fantastic flavor that came from roasting the peppers, onion and garlic. I would have happily served those veggies alone wrapped in a tortilla! I imagine the leftovers will be spectacular tomorrow in burritos. Thank you for putting your heart, soul, mind and tastebuds into your recipes.  

  11. Wow – Sorry for the long-winded criticism some folks express regarding something doesn’t even have to do with how yummy this dish is!
    …I absolutely love it, but, ummm… I didn’t complete the recipe! I just let it simmer for a while after adding the veggies. The consistency was already pretty thick. (We had forgotten about it for a few minutes when it was on medium-high and it came to a boil, so maybe that thickened it up…?)
    Antway….I loved so much when I tasted it after simmering that I opted to not add hominy.
    THANK YOU!

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