Slow Cooker Tomatillo Pork Chile Verde
When I write this recipe name, all I can think of is Ashley on Chris’s season of the Bachelor saying, “I feel like I’m in the, ummmm, the Mesa Verdeeee.” While she was shooting zombies. What a great great episode.
I want you to understand something. This dish is so damn delicious. So delicious. And it’s stupid easy. Honestly, if you don’t feel like making all of it, you could just do the first step of roasting and blending the peppers and eat it as salsa. Because I plan on doing that tonight. Either way, with or without meat, it’s damn delicious. Did I tell you that it’s delicious yet? Ok, now I’m just overdoing it. Stop being annoying, Juli.
You guys. Chemical peels are so annoying. I got one on Friday and I’m shedding my skin, snake style. I woke up this am to dead skin everywhere. Including in my hair from moving around at night. Not a good look. But I am totes down for looking younger and doing what is needed to get there, all while getting rid of the acne scars that cystic acne left me with. So yes, I’m down with burning off my face. Is that vain? Oh yeah, for sure. But I’m totally down for aging gracefully. And I’m pro-doingwhatever worksforyou to help you age how you prefer to. Whether that’s naturally, botoxy, lasery or whatever the hell else you like to do behind closed doors. Do you, baby boo. Time to clean my sheets. So gross. I wish women spoke more about the weird things they did to make them glow. Like shedding their face off.
I’m fully ruining this recipe. Let me regroup.
Are you guys on snapchat? I just got on it last week and I’m kind of obsessed. It’s fun recording random crap throughout the day. And getting to share who I really am…which is weird and obsessed with my dog. But something I find really creepy is seeing when people screenshot your post. Like…why’d you screenshot that, bro? The other morning, after my face peeling off, I put on the thickest lotion of all time then took a 5am greasy face selfie with my dog. And someone took a screen shot of it. What are they doing with a screenshot of my grease ball 5am face?! The horror!!! I’ll stay on it, but maybe I should only show my makeup face…not my chemical peel one.Print
Slow Cooker Tomatillo Pork Chile Verde
- Yield: 5-6 1x
- 3 jalapeños, cut in half
- 3 anaheim peppers, cut in half
- 8 tomatillos, husked and cut in half
- 1–2 tablespoons melted ghee
- salt, to taste
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/4 white onion, roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 2 1/2 pound pork butt or shoulder (I used bone-in)
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (the amount of salt will depending on the salt amount in the broth)
- 2 cups bone broth
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut jalapeños, anaheim peppers and tomatillos in half and place cut side down on the baking sheet. Use a brush to brush each pepper with a bit of ghee and then sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven to cook for 20-30 minutes, until charred on the outside. Let cool then run under cold water to help peel off and discard the skin and seeds.
- Place tomatillos, peppers, lime, onion and garlic cloves in a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once very hot, sprinkle the outside of the pork butt with a bit of salt then sear both sides, about 5-6 minutes per side. Put the pork butt in the crock pot then cover with the roasted pepper puree then sprinkle oregano, red pepper flakes, cumin, white pepper, and salt on top. Pour broth in the crockpot around the pork butt.
- Cook for 8 hours on low.
- Once cooked through, either shred the pork in the crockpot or remove the pork and shred with two forks, discarding the excess fat and bone then add pork back to the crockpot and mix to combine.
- Serve with lime wedges and cilantro on top!
Other Damn Delicious Crockpot Food:
Crockpot Carne Asada Loaded Fries
Crockpot Ropa Vieja with Cuban Style Rice
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56 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Tomatillo Pork Chile Verde”
I’m a new follower so I just wanted to know what kind of broth this recipe calls for..that is all..Thanks!!!
whatever you have on hand, i used chicken and it was great but beef or vegetable would work too!
I’ve been using your recipes forever and love all of them!
I meal prepped a huge pork shoulder on Sunday, and was thinking I could still make this with already cooked pork. Maybe just make the chile verde sauce with the listed seasonings and let it simmer with some of the already cooked and shredded pork on the stove?
Thanks for being awesome!
that would work, probably wouldn’t have quite the same flavor though
I love watching your snaps Juli! I promise I won’t take any screenshots…a. because it’s weird. b. the person can see you did it and makes you seem like a stalker.
Thanks for the recipes – made the pork loin from the cookbook for Valentine’s day. YUM.
Weirdest beauty thing I did was Baby Foot. You put it on your feet for like an hour all wrapped up (it’s all natural) and then about a week later the most skin you have ever seen in your life comes off your feet. And clogs your drain. And it is horrifying and wonderful all at one. I recommend it highly. I also recommend purchasing socks that you wear once and then immediately throw away because the inside will fill with dead skin Goldfinger style. Yuck. But damn were my feet amazing after. 1000% better than any pedicure. You still have time before your wedding!
Oddly, that Baby Foot is soooo satisfying. To see huge sheets of skin come off your feet…. Super cool/fun/disgusting at the same time!! But, like you said, Heather R, my feet are a-mazing. I can’t keep from touching them. =)) Doooooo it Juli. You won’t be sorry.
PLEASE do a post about your chemical peel experience!
i’ve had a couple chemical peels in the past so it’s not new for me. i hate them and then i love them. i go to a medical esthetician regularly so she did it. you burn your face (which is painful) then your face gets real tight then the skin kind of breaks and all the dead skin comes off and your whole face peels and shows shiny new skin and helps clear up some acne and red spots and other stuff! i love it! and truly do think it will help with the look of my skin longterm!
Do you puree the tomatillos with the peppers? It doesn’t say what to do with them after you roast them.
sorry about that, it’s all fixed. puree with the peppers!
If you don’t eat pork, what would be a great protein replacement and how would that impact cooking time or instructions?
you could do chicken instead, just use some chicken breast or thighs, you just wouldn’t need to really sear them
This might be a stupid question but can I use regular melted butter instead of Ghee? Does it really make a difference?
that’s totally fine!
Can you use a leaner cut of pork, like tenderloin? Thanks!
hmmmm… wonder how leg of lamb would do with this…
Oh my stars…I put this in the crockpot overnight, and just enjoyed some for lunch. It is amazing!!!
one of my slow cooker favorites! so glad you liked it!
Oh, man. I made this for the first time last night and served it over some yes-I-know-it’s-not-paleo-but-I-can-handle-it rice and it was so amazing. My husband loved, loved, LOVED it. We had buckets of leftovers (as usual for the two of us) so this morning I layered it over some leftover not-paleo rice and topped it with a sunny side up duck egg and a smidge of hot sauce. It was the perfect brunch. We are quite excited to finish this up in as-yet undiscovered ways. On another note, we made this for less than $10, and will easily get 3-4 meals total out of it, so we’ll be making this again very soon. Thank you for this gem, Juli!
We loved your recipe! I don’t use a crockpot very often , but your recipes they taste so good I have been using my crockpot more often. Hoping I get your cookbook for my birthday!
crockpots are the best! hope you love more of the crockpot recipes you try!
Juli, first Im totally making this tonight! second, how long does it take from the day you get your peel til the day its all cleared up? Do you think it would help with psoriasis????
it takes probably over a week for it to be completely cleared up! and i have no clue about the psoriasis, i would talk to a professional about that
Can’t wait to try this! I was wondering, do you think it would turn out if I just did it on the stovetop on low in a dutch oven?
i don’t see why it wouldn’t work! i just haven’t tried it that way!
I was wondering the same thing! Did you end up trying it?
How spicy is this?
not super spicy, it just depends on your peppers
Do you think this would work well with beef instead of pork? I love pork but my husband is lame and has a mental block about it! What cut would you suggest? PS love you snapchats!! Thank you!!
for sure! something like a chuck roast would work great! or even stew meat!
Awesome, thanks so much!!
Hi Julie! Found you from listening to Girls Gone WOD podcast 🙂 Is searing the meat necessary?
it locks in the flavor and gives it a bit more depth when it comes to taste but you don’t have to
Hi Julie! Do you have conversion times for the Instant Pot for this recipe? I’m hoping to make it this weekend.
i do not. i haven’t made it that way.
Hi Juli! Think I could make the chili sauce & sear the pork the day before? Real talk… I don’t trust my husband to do anything but put said items in the slow cooker & press start. Marriage is cool.
i think so!
Lmao! I LOVE this question/comment .????
I absolutely loved this recipe! I changed out the pork for chicken and cooked it on high in a crock pot for 6 hours
yay!! glad you loved it, rachel!!
good morning! i made this over night and it seems the top of the pork butt wont shred?? i flipped it and the bottom is shredding fine. any thoughts on how to salvage the top?! smells amazing though!
was the skin still on the pork?
I have pork cube steaks and pork loin back ribs but no pork butt. I’m thinking your recipe will work okay with these ingredients but maybe I should cut the cube steaks into strips before searing, slow cook a shorter time (maybe 4 hours?), and marinate the meat for, say, four hours before searing, et al. What do you think?
How about marinating the meat in a zippered bag for 4 hours in the refrigerator (turning the bag occasionally):
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice (or juice from 1/2 a lime )
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1/4 teaspoon salt
What size crock pot do you have?
there is a link to the crockpot i use within the recipe. it’s 6 quart
I made this yesterday, and while yummy, mine turned out crazy greasy/fatty. When i took it out of the fridge this morning there was a ridiculous amout of fat that setteled at the top. I purchased my pork butt from whole foods, but any recommendations as to a different, less fatty cut to use or how to avoid all that fat?
it could definitely have to do with the amount of fat on the cut of meat. have your butcher cut off any excess or you can do it yourself! you can always use a leaner cut of pork instead!
I made this last night and it was excellent. I ate with roasted baby green zucchini and pattypan squash with dried thyme and fresh oregano, roasted potatoes, and salad. I did not put in the amount of red chili flakes called for in the recipe and it was still plenty spicy. Since I only used 1 lb pork (because I only use pastured local and it’s $9/lb), I will use the leftover sauce to make chicken enchiladas!
so glad you liked it!
Have you tried this in the instant pot?
i have not
Fellow denver resident here so looking for a great paleo soup recipe as it is a winter wonderland outside…
This may be a dumb question, but how spicy is this?… my husband LOVES spice and I’m a whimp.
if you keep most of the seeds out of the roasted peppers (not including the tomatillos) it’s really not that spicy at all!