Chile Verde Recipe

Homemade Chile Verde rocks! I haven’t tasted anything so delicious in years and it’s all thanks to the brilliance of my husband, Dave.

A bowl of Chile Verde has long been our litmus test for the quality of a Mexican restaurant.  Living in the east, we have been hard-pressed to find a good bowl;  a recent visit to San Juan Capistrano inspired Dave to find or develop a recipe we could make at home that would be on par with what we grew up with in the southwest. Chile Verde recipes and ingredients vary from region to region in Mexico and the Southwest as much as barbecue or chili does in the US.

A good bowl of ’Verde’ is delicious, comforting, and satisfying. Typically, Chile Verde is served in a bowl with tortillas on the side. It is also frequently served as a filling in soft tacos or burritos. We also like to “garnish” with chips.


Chile Verde Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. Tomatillos
  • 10 cloves roasted garlic
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • 4 Poblano peppers
  • 4 Anaheim peppers
  • 4 Jalepeno peppers
  • 4 medium yellow onions
  • 8 lbs. trimmed pork shoulder/pork butt
  • 2 bunches  cilantro
  • 5 c. chicken or pork stock
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 T. Oregano
  • 1/4 t. ground cloves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Sauce Preparation

  • Roast garlic cloves (I use a grill basket; under the broiler will work fine)
  • Roast peppers;  remove skin, stem, and seeds Wash cilantro; remove lower part of stems (see last week’s post on roasting peppers)
  • Husk, halve, and roast Tomatillos until they begin to blacken. Use a cookie sheet with sides under the broiler.
  • Blend all of the above and the lime juice to chop fine; add some stock if more liquid is needed for this step.
  • Set aside.


  • Trim fat and silver skin and remove bone.
  • Cut the pork into ¾” – 1” cubes; toss in salt and pepper; brown in olive oil in large skillet.

Onions – dice onions and sauté with minced garlic in the same skillet with additional olive oil as needed.

Final steps

  • Transfer onions to stock pot and add pork, oregano, sauce and enough stock to cover the meat. Add ground cloves, salt, pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1+ hour until meat is tender (do not overcook the pork!)
  • Serve in a bowl with tortillas on the side. Consider preparing rice and black beans or refried beans  and fresh Pico de Gallo to accompany it. Quite frankly, the beans and rice make the Chile Verde go farther…leaving enough for lunch leftovers or, better yet, a second dinner of it!

Yield: approximately 6 quarts; 16-20 servings.

Notes and thanks

  • Use bone and selected trimmings to make stock to use in your next batch of chile verde. We add the leavings from trimming the peppers so that we end up with spicy pork stock.
  • We  roast our peppers by starting with them under the broiler and finishing with a torch. In the summer, we use a grill basket.
  • This recipe is scalable. We’ve made double, triple, and half batches.
  • The flavors will continue to marry and develop for several days. This recipe freezes well but be careful not to overcook the meat when you reheat it.
  • Pork butt goes on sale often and can be found for $.85 to $1.29/lb on sale.
  • We get our tomatillos and chiles at a small local Mexican market and usually get better quality and a cheaper price than we can get in the local grocery store.
  • This recipe was adapted from an Elise Bauer  recipe at Simply Recipes: Elise has many other great recipes that I highly recommend.

Enjoy thoroughly!

Bowl of homemade Chile Verde


15 thoughts on “Chile Verde Recipe

  1. barb, if you’re making 7 gallons do you think beans and rice are really needed to make it stretch further!? 🙂 i can’t wait to have some one day but i know it’s much better when you have it WITH the kelleys!!!

  2. That looks delicious and looks much more appealing in the smaller bowl!! I must pass this recipe to the real cook in my house…

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  5. Loved the recipe! Great results, although I forgot the lime juice. I wonder how I can make it more digestion friendly… Either I left bits of skin on the peppers, or my tomatillos were too acid. Would you add sugar?

  6. I made this today, with chicken instead of pork. Made just as directed, except used water instead of stock, and two packets of Knorr Sazon seasoning with Garlic, Onion, Annatto & Coriander. The best ever! Thanks for posting!!!

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  8. Good recipe. I have been making this for many years. There are a few variations in this recipe that I haven’t tried. Cloves are kind of a new idea. I’m making some as I write this, so I’ll give it a try. To those who worry about how thick it is, try a little mesa flour. It thickens and adds flavor. This is just great stuff.

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  10. I bought SPECIAL BOWLS for our chile verde nights — *THIS* is a serving, people: put it next to the rice and beans on your plate, and we’ll all be fine. I’ve also been know to ladle out and immediately freeze a meal’s worth for another dinner, to reduce temptation.

    I *LOVE* this recipe — especially when there is someone else dicing the pork.

    • Phooey…I knew that some were. Finding them again on a back-up hard drive is making me crazy. If you find posts with missing photos, let me know.

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