Short Cut Chili Verde

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by Kayelle

The flavor of this Verde would challenge my much longer version, any day. It's important to note that I only make it with the brands listed, so I can't guarantee equally delicious results with other brands. According to my guests and family, this is the best Chili Verde, ever. I hope you'll try it..

Top Review by jaybee chef

I made a few variations, and it came out good. I seasoned the meat prior to browning with my homemade cumin spice blend (cumin, chili powder, cayenne, granulated onion and garlic, salt and pepper), so I reduced the cumin to 1/2 tsp and I used garlic salt in place of the salt and used no more than 1 tsp. I added a 4 oz. can of diced green chilies, and for the garlic I used the minced refrigerator variety (lazy me!). Instead of fresh cilantro I used about 3 T of my homemade cilantro pesto. After cooking 11/2 hrs the meat was not yet tender. I ended cooking it another 2 hours on simmer to reduce some of the sauce, since there was more than I desired. By then the meat was definitely tender. Next time I think I'll cook more pork for the same volumes of liquid and it will be just right. I do think 2 hours may be a better simmering time (my pork was in about 11/2 inch cubes). This was very easy except for the time spent trimming the meat of all the fat. I actually think the flavors were a little too sharp and competitive, so with the leftovers I made enchiladas. I used the meat mixed with equal amounts of grated sharp cheddar and mexican cheese blend (mild soft white cheeses) and sour cream and topped with a mix of half mild salsa and half the sauce from the leftovers. I felt this really mellowed it out and I preferred it to the chile verde served with rice, beans, tortillas and condiments of guacamole, sour cream, cheese, etc.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, add 3 Tbs. olive oil. Saute' onion till transparent, add garlic and saute' 1 min, being careful to not brown the garlic.
  2. Add the meat to the pot, and saute' until it looses color. It will release some liquid. Add the canned ingredients, along with the wine, cumin and salt. Bring to the boil, and then turn down heat to a slow simmer. Cover the pot partially with a lid and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender to the bite.
  3. Add most of the cilantro leaves the last 10 minute of cooking time, and serve in bowls topped with grated cheese and garnished with extra cilantro leaves. Serve with hot flour tortillas, and enjoy.

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