Chile Verde Con Cerdo (Green Chili With Pork)
2-3 lbs pork roast (pre-diced pork works well for a faster preparation. Just brown with onions) 2 tablespoons cooking oil or 2 tablespoons lard or 2 tablespoons bacon grease 1 large chopped onion (not traditional) (optional) 1 head minced garlic (taste great, but also helps prevent heart burn) 6 tablespoons flour 1 (15 ounce) can tomatoes, drained 2 cups diced green chilies (I use Big Jims, roasted, peeled and frozen by the bushel every fall) 2 cups diced tomatillos (or substitute with your favorite salsa verde) 2 -4 teaspoons jalapenos (optional) 5 cups water (broth is not traditional, but I like the flavor better) or 5 cups chicken broth (broth is not traditional, but I like the flavor better) 1 tablespoon ground chili powder (or to taste) (optional) 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons cumin (to taste) 2 teaspoons oreganoDirections
Simmer roast in a large pan until meat is tender and removes from the bone easily. (You can also use diced pork, or pork cube steaks (cut to bite size pieces), browned in the pot with the onion and garlic before adding the rest of the ingredients). Cool meat enough to handle. Cube cooked pork into bite-size pieces. Process 1/2 of the green chilies and tomatillos until smooth. In the same large pan, melt the lard or bacon grease (or heat oil). Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender but not brown. Stir flour into the onion, garlic, and fat until flour absorbs the oil or fat. Add broth or water. Cook and stir until mixture comes to boil and is slightly thickened. Add cubed meat, drained tomatoes (if desired), chopped tomatillos, chopped green chilies, processed tomatillos and chilies, and jalapeños (if desired; I recommend tasting first). Add the spices a little at a time until you get the taste you like, bringing to a simmer before each addition. Simmer for at least 1 hour (longer if you can afford the time), stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.If you want more of a stew type chili, add cubed potatoes 20 minutes before serving; serve with warm tortillas. Serve over burritos and garnish with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Leave pork out for a vegetarian green chili sauce. Enjoy your Chile Verde Con Cerdo in Hatch Chile Verde!