Monday, November 14, 2011

Green Pork Chili (Chile Verde) with Homemade Tortillas

In the spirit of Autumn and college football we decided to have a Chili-Cook-Off party over the weekend. We share a duplex with fellow graduate students, which is great because otherwise I don't know how we could have packed 20 people inside. Not to mention the 5 things of chili we needed to keep warm. It was a lot of fun and people made some really great chili, all which were really different from the others. Just going to show how diverse chili recipes are and how everyone prefers them a different way.

I decided to make something a little different than traditional chili and went with a Chile Verde recipe I found originally by Bobby Flay. My boyfriend would be making the more traditional ground beef and bean chili since we decided to go against each other to see whose was better. I'd say they both won. I was actually looking forward to eating chili for lunch this week, but to our surprise every last bit of chili had been eaten long before the party was over.

I made the chili with pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder, mainly because it was all the store had that morning, but it produced a perfectly tender chili. This recipe is really simple and the flavors blend perfectly. It was really good served with fresh tortillas. In fact, I'll be making it again this week.

Green Pork Chili (Chile Verde)
2 red onions, chopped
1 lb. tomatillos, halved
3 jalapenos, halved
Oil to coat veggies
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
2 lbs. pork tenderloin or shoulder, cut into 1 inch cubes
5 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

1) Preheat oven to 400 F
2) Toss veggies with oil and roast in oven for 24 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes

3) In a dutch oven heat oil and begin browning pork, working in batches

4) Add browned pork back into dutch oven then cover with chicken stock and add the veggies and seasonings

5) Place dutch oven in oven and cook, uncovered for 1 1/2 hours, until pork is very tender
6) Serve with warm tortillas and enjoy!

Corn Tortillas
Follow instructions on bag of masa harina
Here are some pictures of the process

Make the dough

Roll dough into balls

Flatten in tortilla press

Cook on skillet

 Set aside to cool

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