Chili Verde

"This is a classic Mexican recipe that I hope you'll enjoy. It's been modified to be low fat without detriment to the dish. Give it a try, you won't be sorry."
photo by Stephanie Y. photo by Stephanie Y.
photo by Stephanie Y.
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  • Place pork in a wide nonstick frying pan.
  • Drain about 1/2 cup liquid from tomatoes into pan. Bring to a boil over high heat; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover pan; add onions, celery, oregano, and sage.
  • Cook over high heat, stirring often, until liquid has evaporated and drippings are browned (8 to 10 minutes).
  • Add bay leaves. Cut up tomatoes then add tomatoes and their remaining liquid and stir to scrape browned bits free.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 more minutes.
  • Stir in bell pepper and chilies; cover and continue to cook stirring occasionally until pork is very tender when pierced (about 15 more minutes).
  • If chili is too thin, uncover and simmer until it's as thick as you like.
  • Skim and discard fat, if necessary.
  • To serve, spoon chili over rice and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

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  1. I thought I had posted my review for this days ago...dunno what happened! But I do want to say it is fabulous. Loved the seasoning with the pork roast, very easy to make. My family loved it. Thanks for sharing Made for ZWT3. ~V
  2. Wonderful Flavor!!!! I doubled the recipe and used 1 Tablespoon fresh herbs for each tsp. of dried. Very easy and very delicous. Thanks for this keeper Happy Hippie!
  3. This is one of my GD's favorite recipes. I first found it in the Sunset Low-Fat Cookbook back in 1994 and have often made it since then. I hope others try it as you're right, they won't be sorry. Thanks for sharing this here, now I don't have to post it. Gotta go check out the rest of your recipes.
  4. This is really awesome! It is a thick, rich and well seasoned. For the meat, I used 1 lb of boneless, well trimmed country ribs. I did blister the skins on the chilies and peel before chopping. Instead of serving this over rice, I divided it in half, froze half and to the other half added a couple of diced potatoes. This was served like a thick stew with recipe #191492. It also makes fantastic burritos.


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