Slow Cooker Pork Chile Verde

Update: This recipe was updated with new photos on 11/16/2017. I also simplified the instructions. This new version is a bit saucier, which I love, but if you prefer less sauce in your chile verde, use 4 tomatillos and 1 can of green chiles. 

Slow Cooker Pork Chile Verde

Green chile is one of my long-time favorites. Pork green chile, chicken green chile, green chile migas. I love it. Always have. probably always will. 

What's more it can be made in a slow cooker very easily. Usually when the days get shorter I get busier: work ramps up at the office, and the early sunsets make me feel tired earlier. There seems to be less time, in general. Which means the slow cooker gets a lot of mileage! At least, when I can get my act together and start it. 

It turns out, Chile Verde is considered a "Colorado Favorite" by tourists. Who knew?! I was just scooping the stuff into my mouth as fast as I could and had no idea I was fulfilling such a Coloradan stereotype. I guess what they say is true.  

A tip from a Chile Verde vet, if I may: serve it with a Margarita on the side. 😋

Other things that add to the experience: sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, fresh cilantro. You can even add diced up bacon to the recipe while it cooks (brown it first). YUM! You can also stir in 12 ounces of white beans, or add 2 cups of diced potatoes while it cooks. Basically, the possibilities are endless and once you start customizing your chile verde, you'll be hooked like all of us here in Colorado! Or, at least, this one person over here in Colorado. 😏

Slow Cooker Pork Chile Verde

Looking for a dessert with enough tex-mex flare to follow this dinner? Try this raw, paleo Margarita Pie. 

Slow Cooker Pork Chile Verde

Published September 6, 2014 by
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Serves: 6   |    Total Time: 8-9 hours



Ingredients:

  • 8 medium sized tomatillos
  • 4 cloves garlic 
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 six-ounce cans hatch green chiles (I use hot, but mild is fine if you prefer!)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: Dash of ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound cubed pork shoulder
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • For serving (optional): minced cilantro, sliced jalapeños or other chiles, minced red onion, sliced avocado, shredded cheese, and/or sour cream. 

Directions:

  1. Preheat your over to 475°F. Peel the papery outer skins from the tomatillos, wash them, and slice them in half. Cut the onion onto 4 to 6 large slices. Arrange them all on a sheet pan along with the cloves or garlic. Brush with 1 tablespoon avocado oil, and place in oven. Roast until the tops of the tomatillos are browned, 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add roasted vegetables, canned green chiles, cilantro, lime, spices (cumin, coriander, oregano, and optional cayenne), salt, and pepper to blender, and puree. Mixture should be similar to a less chunky salsa.
  3. Now, add pork, roasted tomatillo sauce, and broth to your slow cooker.* Set to medium heat and cook for 8-9 hours.  Serve hot and top with preferred garnishes. 
  4. Once all pear slices are arranged in crust, arrange cranberries over top, pouring the maple syrup mixture over pears as you go. Use a brush to spread the maple syrup mixture over pears so they are all coated.
  5. *Optional step would be to brown the pork in a skillet or the bottom of your slow cooker before adding the sauce and broth. This enhances the flavor of the meat.