The beauty of this recipe is that you can use it for so many things. Of course, I love to eat it in traditional chili fashion; straight up from a bowl, topped with a drizzle of hot sauce, a squeeze of lime, a smattering of fresh cilantro, and a couple of warm tortillas to sop it all up. But let’s not discount the other myriad uses for this delightful dish – piled atop nachos, stuffed into quesadillas, rolled up into enchiladas – really the possibilities are endless. And when it comes to pure aromatic bliss – well, let’s just say, your house is going to smell absolutely amazing with a pot of this stuff simmering away on your stovetop.
5 anaheim chile peppers, halved and seeded
3 poblano chile peppers, halved and seeded
3/4 pound tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons oil or bacon fat, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon chile powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 lime\'s worth)
Fresh cilantro, warm tortillas, lime wedges and hot sauce for serving
Step 1Roast green chiles: place peppers, skin side up, in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Place baking sheet on top rack in oven and broil on high until peppers are blackened and blistering, about 10-12 minutes.
Step 2Immediately transfer peppers to a medium bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let tomatoes and peppers sit inside the bowl for 5-10 minutes (this steams them, which will make the skins much easier to remove).\r\n
Step 3Peel charred skins off of peppers, discard skins. Chop peppers into thin strips and set aside.
Step 4While peppers are roasting/steaming, blend tomatillos and chicken broth using a food processor or blender until a smooth consistency is achieved. Set tomatillo mixture aside.
Step 5In a large bowl, toss the chopped pork shoulder with the flour, 1 tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper, until pork pieces are evenly coated.
Step 6Heat 2 tsp of the oil or bacon fat in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat, and once hot, add half of the pork pieces in a single layer. Cook, 1-2 minutes per side, until pork is browned on all sides. Remove pork from pot and place on a paper-towel lined plate.
Step 7Heat another 2 tsp of the oil or bacon fat in the pot and repeat step 6 with the remaining pork pieces. Once browned, transfer to plate as well.
Step 8Add the final 2 tsp of oil or bacon fat to the pot, add the onion, garlic, cumin, chile powder, ½ tsp salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
Step 9Add the chopped roasted green chiles, and cook 1 additional minute.
Step 10Add the tomatillo mixture, tomato paste, lime juice, pork and 1 cup water. Stir to combine.
Step 11Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Step 12After 2 hours, pork should be very tender and shreddable. Break pork apart with a large fork, and stir. Season to taste with salt. You can serve as is, or continue to cook, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes for a thicker consistency if desired. Ladle into bowls and serve with fresh cilantro, warm tortillas, lime wedges and hot sauce.