February 7, 2011

Mom's Pork Chili Verde

I promised I'd post the chili recipe we made last Sunday.
Trouble is, I didn't take any pictures of it.
So I decided to share this one instead.
My Mom-in-law gave me this recipe about 25 years ago.  
It's always a big hit 'cuz it's so flavorful and not too spicy.
All of the ingredients and Mom's directions are at the bottom of the post.
Here's the cast of characters [or most of 'em anyway], 
including the cob of corn I decided to add at the last minute cuz I had it on hand. 
First, cut your tenderloin into bite-size pieces and throw
them into a pan to brown.  Salt and pepper it to taste.
Then, if you're like me, and you like to change things up a little now and then, go ahead and cut the corn kernels off the cob.
Easy peasy.
Next, have your way with the garlic cloves!
Smash the tar out of them, remove the peelings, and mince.
Chop up your onion, too.
Add the garlic, onions, and corn (if using) to the meat and give it a good stir.
Then add your tomatillos and, using a spoon, break them up.
Now add your green salsa sauce and cumin and stir.
I usually add the tomato sauce at this point, too,
but the day I made this batch, I left it out. 
I like to tweek this recipe 
Just look at this yumminess!
Now pop a lid on it and simmer for about 15-20 minutes,
just till the flavors get acquainted.

While the chili is gettin' friendly, wrap up a mess of flour tortillas 
in foil and slip them in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Then turn off the oven and keep them warm till you're ready to serve.
Now that didn't take long.  
Come and get it!
Mom's Pork Verde Chili-Serves 4-6
*2# Pork Tenderloin, cut into 1" pieces
*1 medium onion, chopped
*2-3 whole garlic cloves, smashed and minced
*1-14oz. can tomatoes OR 8 oz. tomato sauce
*1 medium can Ortega green chilies, I use the diced ones
OR 1 bottle of green salsa, I use a good Mexican brand, about $4 a bottle
*2 cans tomatillos OR 8-9 large,fresh tomatillos, husks removed
*2 tsp. ground cumin-absolutely essential!
*Pinch of cayenne or hot pepper sauce (optional)
*You could also add a can of pinto beans if you need to serve more than 6 hungry mouths.
*Suggested garnishes: sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Now these are Mom's directions.  You'll notice that I took some shortcuts with them above.  
1.  Saute pork with onion and garlic until brown. Remove the meat temporarily to a bowl.
2.  Add to the same pan:  canned tomatoes (OR tomato sauce, if using), green chilies (OR green salsa, if using), and tomatillos, breaking up the tomatoes and tomatillos.  Simmer gently 15-20 minutes until flavors blend.
3.  Add pork back in the pan and simmer about 20 minutes.
4.  While it's simmering, wrap up a mess of flour tortillas in foil and warm them in the oven at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and keep 'em wrapped up until the chili is done.
5.  Serve your nice hot, tummy-lovin' chili in bowls with a dollop of sour cream, or shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and flour tortillas on the side.

Here's a table grace for you and your family to say
just before you devour the chili:
Come, Lord Jesus,
Be our Guest,
and let these gifts to us be blessed.

Bon Appetit!
Linking with:
Mouthwatering Mondays at A Southern Fairytale
Hearth 'n Soul at girlichef
Delicious Dishes
Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Feasting in Fellowship Fridays at Comfy in the Kitchen


Patti said...

Oh yum. Eating must be on everyone's mind...cause so many posts are about food! Yummy yummy food!! I have to start planning dinner.......=)

Heather S-G said...

Yum, this sounds delicious! I love a good green chili =) Thank you for bringing it to the hearth and soul hop this week...we're glad to have you. When you have a moment, don't forget to add a link back to anyone of the 5 hosts in your post. Thanks again!

Bernie said...

That sounds yummy! Where do you find the tomtillo's? Can I find them in my grocers ethnic section? I told Mr. Bernie that I really want to make that.
Thank you for posting!

Shawn said...

Your green chili looks fantastic!
Thanks for suggesting OldLutheran. I really enjoyed it and out their Daily button on my side bar!

My girls told me my side bar is a little busy but since our home is decorated (which I love to do) now the only thing I get to decorate is the Blog!!!! I love organized clutter!
I am going to copy your recipe and make it soon for Hubby!

Shawn said...

I did not Out their button, I put their button!

Anonymous said...

I love chili (hey, I'm a native Texan) and have been looking for a new recipe. This sounds and looks amazing! Headed to the market in search of tomatillos today!

Carol E Wyer said...

Hello I've landed here from the Friday Follow 40 and Over (I'm definitely 'over 40')
Wow, I've never had green chili before...and now I'm really very hungry. Must take a note of this recipe for next week. Thank you.
I'm now your newest follower and am off to see what else you have here :)
Please drop by and maybe follow if you fancy a laugh. You'd be very welcome and appreciated.
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Mama Hen said...

This looks delicious! You have a new follower! Hopping by from the blog hop! I look forward to following your blog! Come visit Mama's Little Chick when you can and say hi! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

My mouth was watering as I was reading this recipe. I've got to make it! Thanks!


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