Green Chili is perfect for the upcoming fall days, football games, and other cold weather festivities! Made with a warm combination of green chilis, tart tomatillos, and tender pork shoulder, this satisfying dish is filled with flavor.
When it comes to a great stew recipe, cooking low and slow is the best way to get loads of flavor and and tender chunks of meat!
What is Green Chili?
Green chili is a delicious pork stew (and very different than our traditional beef and bean chili recipe). Green chiles, tomatillos, onions and cilantro are all blended to create a fabulous base for this recipe. Going into the pot it’s a bright green but it turns a beautiful golden color as it cooks.
PORK for Green Chili: The pork used in this recipe is a pork shoulder, the same melt in your mouth cut of meat that is used for pulled pork and Pork Carnitas.
You want a fattier cut of pork (even pork steaks work) as lean cuts like pork tenderloin will dry out and become tough.
How to Make Green Chili
This green chili recipe takes a bit of time but most of it is hands off spent simmering. Broiling the tomatillos adds an extra layer of flavor but you can also cook them along with the onion or skip broiling if you’re short on time.
- Broil tomatillos until golden. Sear pork shoulder in a bit of olive oil.
- Blend sauce ingredients (per recipe below).
- Simmer until pork is melt in your mouth tender.
What to Serve With Chili
Like most chili recipes, this is great with toppings! Chili toppers we love include sour cream, jalapenos, green onions and slices of lime.
Green chili stew is a meal unto itself but it’s really great with tortillas and of course bread for dipping! Dinner rolls, Garlic Bread or thick slabs of French bread are great for dipping and soaking, but flour tortillas are the standard if you want to keep it real!
A hand full of crushed tortilla chips add automatic crunch!
Reheating Green Chili
Green chili is one of those recipes that that freezes and reheats beautifully! Adjust the flavors by adding a few more chopped green chilis, jalapeños, and some extra salt and pepper to taste.
- Refrigerate: Leftover green chili will keep in the fridge about 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Freeze: Freeze in individual portions for lunches or meals for one in freezer bags or tightly sealed containers. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
More Mexican Inspired Soups
- Easy Chicken Taco Soup – hearty, healthy & made on the stovetop
- Creamy White Chicken Chili – creamy comforting crockpot soup!
- Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup – loaded with beans and veggies
- Taco Soup – beefy taco soup, ready in 30 mins!
- Chicken Tortilla Soup – topped with crunchy tortilla strips!
Green Chili Recipe
- 4 pounds boneless pork butt extra fat trimmed, cut into 1-inch chunks,
- salt & black pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 pound tomatillos husked and quartered
- 12 ounces canned (or frozen) green chilies diced, not drained
- 2 cups cilantro packed, leaves and stems
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 jalapenos seeded
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 4 cups chicken stock divided
- 15 ounces fire-roasted tomatoes diced
- Preheat broiler. Toss tomatillos with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Broil 5 minutes or until browned on top.
- Season pork with salt and black pepper.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
- When the oil is hot add half the pork to the pot and brown. Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil and brown remaining pork. Set aside.
- Add onion and cook 4-5 minutes or until softened. (Reduce heat if they begin to brown). Remove from heat.
- In a blender add tomatillos, undrained green chilies, cilantro, garlic cloves, jalapeños, oregano, cumin, and 2 cups chicken stock. Puree on high until smooth.
- Pour the blended mixture, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and browned pork along with any juices and remaining 2 cups of chicken stock into the pot.
- Stir to combine, turn on to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered, stirring occasionally.
- Cook 3 to 3 ½ hours or until the pork is fork tender and starting to shred.
- Serve hot and optionally top with sour cream, minced cilantro or tortilla strips.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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How much is one serving?
Approximately 2 cups. Enjoy Andrea!
Give you 5 bc changes are based on personal preference. I like a LOT of cumin. Have hatch chilis frozen to use and prefer regular to fire roasted tomatoes. Just finished roasting tomatillos, onion, jalapeños and garlic. Have a couple thick pork chops ready to smoth n cook low n slower…just me so no roast. Can’t wait!
Best thing I’ve made in awhile!! I did sub a local Hatch chili salsa for the tomatillos and cut the liquid down in the blended mixture as a result. Pork was melt in your mouth tender and we loved every bite. Thank you!
Excellent recipe – I live at high altitude and I did not make any changes. Serve wish sour cream, grated cheese and warm flour tortillas. Will continue making this one, for sure!
I have been looking for a recipe like this & am so excited to have found it! My favorite Mexican restaurant here in the town where I live has a recipe called enchiladas rancheros. It is three cheese enchiladas with a thick pork stew poured over the top. It is one of the best Mexican dishes I have ever eaten & I have wanted to re-create it at home. I’m going to make this very soon & do that!
Oooh, that sounds yummy! I hope this green chili recipe lives up to that memory. You will have to keep us posted. Enjoy, Paula!
The green chili is wonderful.
Glad you enjoyed it, Christine!
For those people who used salsa verde instead. How much did you use? I poured a 16 oz jar in there. Is that too much? Got 3 more hours to find out. :-D
Hi Jennifer, that amount should work well. We would love to hear how it turns out!
This turned out great. Instead of tomatillos and jalapeño I used a salsa Verde(Which had these in it). I still put garlic and onions in the recipe. I had frozen hatch chilies. I browned the pork. And blended the ingredients as said to. I used the Insta pot. For 45 minutes. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
This is the 2cd time I made this and I have added chunky of potatoes. This is sooooo good it’s in my family’s Sunday dinner rotation and the leftovers for lunch is a bonus
Incredibly delicious recipe! Will definitely make it again and again! My husband plans on taking some to work tomorrow to share! And my picky 6yr old LOVES it!
Could you use pulled pork in this recipe?
Hi Glenda, we haven’t tried this recipe with pulled pork but I think it would turn out well! You will have to let us know what you think.
Great recipe! Thank you ☺️
Thank you, Sandy! Glad you enjoyed it.
I love your recipes, here in NM I would add frozen hot green chili instead of jalapeno and medium to large chunks of potatoes. I also put porkchop meat, just cut the meat off of bone instead of having alot of fat or muscle. Pork chop meat is used in posole as well.
Jackie do you use tomatillo? I’m from southern NM and I’ve never heard of using them in green chile stew. I also add potatoes, and a bit of masa harina to thicken it a bit. Hubs doesn’t like tomatoes in it. Jalapeño cheddar cornbread muffins go great with this stew.
Great recipe that I would make again. I don’t like a lot of heat and this was just right. Flavor was great but it was a little too tangy for me. Is that from the tomatillos? I did brown them under the broiler. Should I use fewer tomatillos next time?
Tomatillos are quite tangy, so reducing them will help with that Mike.