|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 34g||44%|
|Saturated Fat 12g||62%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 221mg||1,103%|
|*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.|
New Mexico chiles are a product famous across the United States for their flavor and quality. As a matter of fact, it is unlawful to brand chiles not grown in this state as "New Mexico chiles," because only its soil and tradition proves to be what set these chiles apart from the rest, even when comparing the same varieties. And maybe it's because of such a tradition and the pride that local farmers take in their chiles that dishes like pork green chili have grown to become favorite recipes for locals and visitors alike.
Our take on this classic uses the best of New Mexico's chiles, combining spices and pork into a stew-like dish that's filling, aromatic, and packed with flavor. Using roasted and relatively mild green chiles as the base of an aromatic sauce, the cubed pork gets tender and juicy, ideal for corn or flour tortillas to soak up the goodness. With just the right amount of spice, you're in for a delightful treat that can be made ahead of time, and even prepared and frozen for a bowl of green chile any time you want it.
Although there is no one true recipe for green chili—the beauty of ancient preparations—the key to ours is to use fresh chiles, bitter beer, and lard, a delicious pork fat that gives an unctuousness to the chile. If possible, use Hatch chiles, but poblano, pasilla, or Anaheim will work, too. For a lighter version, cool the stew and remove the fat that will congeal on top—although doing so might eliminate some of the unctuousness that makes this simple stew so special.
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Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 400 F. When oven is hot, roast the green chiles until well browned on all sides. Alternatively, use oven broiler to brown chiles, turning so all sides are blackened, or brown on the open flame of a gas stove, using tongs to turn.
Once browned, cover chiles with aluminum foil and allow them to steam and cool down for at least 15 minutes.
Pull off chile stems, scrape off and remove peels, remove seeds, and chop into small pieces. Set chiles aside.
Peel and thinly slice onion.
In a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat lard or oil. Add onions, chiles, and salt. Stir well and cook until onions are soft, about 3 minutes.
Transfer vegetables to a bowl, leaving as much fat in pot as possible.
Brown pork pieces, working in single layer batches. Repeat process until all pieces are browned. Remove from pot and reserve.
Add flour to remaining fat that's left in the pot and stir rapidly.
Keep stirring until flour smells cooked, about 3 minutes.
Add beer, stir, and scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pot. The mixture should thicken up fairly quickly.
Add broth and return pork and vegetables to the pot. Everything should be covered by liquid — add more broth or water if necessary.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook, covered, until the pork is extremely tender, about one hour.
If you like a thicker texture, uncover the pot and cook further. Taste for salt and add more if needed.
Can I Cook the Chili in the Oven?
If you don't have time to keep an eye on the stove and your pot is oven safe, simply preheat the oven to 350 F, place the covered pot in it, and cook it for about an hour.
Substitutions and Add-Ons
As there is no one recipe for green chili, make it your own using our recipe as a template. Here are a few easy substitutions and additions:
- Use plain water if you don't want to use beer, or don't have any. The same goes for the broth; the chiles and pork add plenty of flavor all on their own, but broth adds an extra layer, so use it if you can. Use chicken, turkey, beef, or vegetable broth, or even water.
- Use cubed chicken turkey or beef instead of the pork. Although pork is the traditional meat, other meats can also make a wonderful green chili.
- Add a handful of stemmed and chopped cilantro to the dish right before serving.
- Serve with lime wedges for an acidic twist.
- Replace the flour with cornmeal or rice flour to make a gluten-free version. Alternatively, skip the flour and add a slurry made with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch diluted in 1 tablespoon of water when adding the beer and broth. Make sure you select a gluten-free beer or just replace the beer with broth or water.