Chile Verde

We were out to dinner the other night at Pappasito’s, which is quickly becoming our favorite Austin Mexican restaurant, and I saw Hatch Chile Verde Enchiladas was one of the specials.

Chile Verde recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Apparently, they have what are called Hatch Chiles out here and they are just around for a short while.  All of a sudden, restaurants start offering specials using the hatch chiles and you see them at the farmers markets.  Awesome, right?

Well, since it said on the menu they were only going to be around for a few more days — and because I’m a sucker for good enchiladas, I decided to order them.

Chile Verde recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Oh.  My.  Gosh.

The enchiladas were phenomenal.

Like *phenomenal* in the sense that I ate every last morsel on that plate.  And, if you know Pappasito’s, you know they served me a ton of food.

Chile Verde recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

After the meal, we delighted in watching Jordan dance to the live mariachi music at a nearby table. It was Jordan’s dancing that helped distract me from my guilt of eating all that food and Dustin’s judging eyes when he incredulously exclaimed, “You ate all of that?!?”

Yup. And it was good.

But then I exploded and it was sad.

Chile Verde recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Anyways, the enchiladas reminded me how much I love chile verde and they inspired me to make it for the blog.

For the Chile Verde, I recommend roasting the tomatillos, chile and peppers to get a deeper, sweeter flavor.

I also recommend not touching your face once you start to slice up the jalapeño.  Ouch!

Chile Verde recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I served this Chile Verde with some homemade flour tortillas and it was amazing.  So flavorful and with just the right amount of heat.

Chile Verde

2 fresh poblano (or hatch) chile peppers, seeded and halved
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and halved
1 (green or yellow) bell pepper, seeded and halved
1 pound fresh tomatillos, husks removed and quartered
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds pork shoulder or butt, cubed
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour, if needed
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste


Turn oven broiler to high.

In a large stock pot or Dutch Oven, over high heat, sear the pork in the vegetable oil until well-browned. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and pepper while searing.

Arrange the chiles, jalapeño, bell pepper and tomatillos on a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Place under the broiler and allow to blacken on top, then flip and blacken the other side. Just char, don’t burn. Remove and allow to cool. Once cooled, dice chiles and bell pepper into bite-size pieces and finely chop the jalapeño. Set tomatillos aside.

Remove the pork from the pot, reserving the drippings in the pan, and cook the chopped onion until tender. Add garlic, cumin, oregano and a pinch of both kosher salt and black pepper and cook for an additional minute. Return the pork to the pot and add chicken stock and bay leaf. Simmer, covered, for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until the pork starts to fall apart.

Stir in the chiles, jalapeño and bell pepper. Puree the tomatillos and cilantro in a food processor and then add them to the pot. Cook an additional 45 minutes, uncovered.

If, after 45 minutes, the mixture is not quite thick enough, add 2 tbsp. flour to 1/4 cup of the sauce and then return sauce to pot.

Season to taste.



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5 comments… add one

  1. doodles September 21, 2011, 8:41 am

    I am lucky enough to be in Hatch, New Mexico when they were harvesting the crops…………..OH MY HEAVENS. Some were already picked from the fields and were roasting in big roasters all over this very small town. The aroma is to enticing we bought a ton of chiles to take home. FYI you can mail order Hatch chiles if you so desire ;)
    I make chile verde and posole several times during the cooler months.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 24, 2011, 10:42 pm

      Oh, you lucky duck! :)

      I noticed online there are ways to get them shipped. I might need to try that next season :)

  2. Jacob Mc September 27, 2011, 8:23 pm

    There is a little dive at Koenig/Lamar called El Caribe. It’s teeny tiny, right between Dan’s Hamburgers and some sushi market. They have my favorite enchiladas in Austin! I like to get the spinach/mushroom enchiladas with the mole sauce. It’s not on the menu (the spinach/mushroom ones are, but you have to add the mole for a slight fee), so ordering it makes me feel a little annoying but it is so worth it. They are also impossibly cheap for lunch (get the chicken burrito, rice and beans for like 4.95 or something insane like that.) They also have some fantastic fiery salsa, and a bar of more sweet/fruity salsas to choose from. I highly recommend! And if you’re in the mood for an adult beverage, their margaritas are basically tequila that a lime once rolled past. :D

  3. Tracee February 29, 2012, 8:47 am

    I run my charred tomatillos, jalapenos, and tomatos through my blender. We actually prefer a smoother sauce but we aren’t eating it like soup. We more or less make pulled-pork sandwiches but with the chili verde instead of BBQ sauce. If I’m really being nice, I’ll strain the sauce to keep the jalapeno seeds from burning my whimpy yankee husbands tongue.

  4. Donalyn February 16, 2013, 9:03 am

    Hi – lovely recipe and I can’t wait to try it this summer when our tomatillos get ripe. I found you though, because your recipe and photo have been stolen, here:

    You might want to go and claim ownership and ask them to take it down – it’s a big problem with food bloggers these days, and the only way to combat it is to defend our work.


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