Slow-Cooked Chile Verde

Chicken chile verde in a bowl
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Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
401 Calories
16g Fat
28g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 401
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 634mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 37g
Calcium 125mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This hearty stew, warming meal, hot because of the chilies and tangy because of the tomatillos, is as beloved in the American Southwest, where it is called chile verde or chili verde. As happens with all iconic traditional dishes, each cook interprets the basic preparation into his or her own delicious rendition. Use this recipe as a jumping-off point for the development of your personalized version.


  • 2 pounds fresh green chilies (mild Hatch, Anaheim, or poblano chilies work well)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (white wine or apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pork lard or vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken or pork (cut into 2-inch cubes)
  • 2 cups tomatillos (husked and coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cups chicken or pork broth
  • 2 roasted green chilies (seeded and diced; roast extras in step 1 and reserve, or use canned fire-roasted green chilies)
  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled and diced)
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Roast the fresh green chilies on a grill or under the broiler until the skin looks blackened and bubbly. Let the chilies cool enough to handle, then cut off the stem, peel off the skin, and scrape out the seeds. Discard the stem, seeds, and skin.

  2. Blend the chilies with the water, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth. Set aside.

  3. Heat the lard or oil in a large skillet over high heat until shimmering. Cook the chicken or pork chunks, in the lard or oil, turning them as necessary to brown all sides. Drain the meat on a paper towel or brown paper bag.

  4. Combine the browned chicken or pork, green sauce, and tomatillos in the insert of a slow cooker or a large saucepot or Dutch oven on the stove. Simmer for 2 hours, covered, on low.

  5. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 2 hours. Check every 30 minutes and add hot water as necessary to keep the meat submerged.

  6. Serve chile verde with hot tortillas and rice and beans.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.

Recipe Variations

  • Substitute canned green chilies for fresh to save time and effort.
  • Cook whole chicken breasts or a pork shoulder roast in step 4 until fork-tender, then shred the meat, return it to the pot, and continue with the recipe. Serve shredded chile verde as a main entree or use it to fill burritos, enchiladas, or tortas, or to top tostadas.
  • Add cubed potatoes (approximately the same size as the meat cubes) with the broth and other ingredients in step 4. Potatoes pair wonderfully with the flavors in this dish, reduce the intensity of the chilies, and stretch the portions. Another option: Ladle chile verde over mashed potatoes.

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