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Crockpot Chile Verde

Cuisine: Mexican
Type: Pork
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Onion - coarsely chopped
1   Bell pepper - green, coarsely
4   Garlic clove - minced
1 tablespoon 15mlOlive oil
4 oz 113gGreen chile - canned diced
1   Jalapeño - diced (opt)
7   Tomatillo
2 lbs 908g / 32ozPork - lean, trimmed, cubed
2 teaspoons 10mlOregano
2 teaspoons 10mlSage
1 teaspoon 5mlCumin
1 teaspoon 5mlRed pepper flakes
1/2 cup 118mlBeer

Recipe Instructions

First, saute one onion and one green pepper, coarsely chopped, with three or four cloves of garlic, minced, in olive oil. Throw into the crockpot. Also throw in a small can of diced green chiles. Depending on your propensity for spicy food, you may add from one to three jalapenos, sliced. Then, throw some tomatillos in the pot. How many? Well, when I got fresh ones in San Diego, I'd get seven or eight. Peel off the husk and coarsely chop. Now that I've moved to Pittsburgh (don't ask me why), I've had to use canned ones on occasion. How many? Well, I don't really remember, it was one medium sized can, I think. Pay attention: I mean tomatillos, not green tomatoes. The Frugal Gourmet substituted celery and tomatoes. I haven't forgiven him yet.

Take about 2 pounds of lean pork (I trim off all the excess fat I can), cubed, and brown in the pan that you sauteed the onion, etc. in. Into the pot. Now, the seasoning mixture. I prefer to grind up in my mortar oregano, some dried red le peppers, sage, and cumin seed. Perhaps also some black pepper. I almost never put salt in anything, so I probably wouldn't here either, but you may want to. How much? Well, about 2 tsp. each of the oregano and the sage. 1 tsp. each of the cumin seed and dried red peppers. Salt and pepper to taste. I probably will add a dash of beer (about 1/2 cup) for obscure reasons. This crockpots all day, or could be simmered for probably about 2 hours. Traditionally, this is served in bowls, with hot flour tortillas, salsa, and cilantro. You can also have sour cream, grated cheese, olives, and pickled carrots and jalapenos around. Of course, you wrap all this up in the tortillas, making killer burritos. I throw one twist into this, a technique that comes from carnitas. After cooking, I separate the meat from the broth, crisp the meat under the broiler, and reduce the sauce in the pan. This adds a great texture to the meat, and keeps the burritos from being too soggy. This is not what the original requester would want to do.

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