Spicy Chili Verde

spicy chili verde recipe with pork

It’s spicy, it’s delicious, and it’s from Mexico. Of course my dad loved it. This dish was one of his poker-night staples.  The recipe is a bit time-consuming, but it’s so worth it.

Let’s start with the ingredients. The rule of thumb is, if it’s green, it’s probably in this chili.

Chili verde ingredients

Not pictured: celery because I forgot.

Now I didn’t obey the rule I laid out in my pepper-roasting post, and I didn’t wear gloves when chopping all the jalapenos and poblanos. BIG MISTAKE! My fingers were burning all night. So PSA, guys: just wear gloves.

Anyway, there is a LOT of chopping going on in this recipe, which can get a bit tedious. This is partly because I decided to make the recipe in full, which is designed to feed a small army. I’d definitely make the full version again for a party or if I planned on freezing some, but if you’re just cooking for 2-4, I’d recommend halving the recipe.

chili verde ingredients in the pot

Here’s the chili sans liquid. Good thing I used my dad’s gigantic stew pot.

Chili verde with pork

The finished product.

Without further ado, let’s get cooking!

Spicy Chili Verde

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 10-12

Spicy Chili Verde


  • 3-5 pounds of boneless pork, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4-6 green peppers, diced
  • 2 cups of celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1-3 jalapenos
  • 4-6 poblano peppers, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 2 26-oz. cans of tomatillos
  • 2 10-oz. cans of green enchilada sauce
  • 2 8-ounce cans of white hominy, drained
  • 4 tablespoons of cilantro
  • 1 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: 1 ancho chili, diced
  • Garnish suggestions: shredded monterrey jack cheese, olives, chopped green or yellow onions, sour cream, oyster crackers, cilantro, hot sauce


  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan, add garlic, and sauté pork in batches with salt and pepper until cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cooked pork to a large pot.
  2. Add celery, green pepper, onion, jalapenos, poblanos, and ancho (if using) to the frying pan and sauté until ingredients soften (5-10 minutes).
  3. While the ingredients are cooking, stir in flour, cumin, cloves, and cilantro. Drain the canned tomatillos, but reserve the liquid, setting the tomatillos aside. Add the tomatillo liquid to the frying pan and stir to mix well. Then transfer everything in the to the large pot.
  4. Add the wine, chicken stock, and enchilada sauce to the large pot and heat until boiling. Mash the tomatillos and add those to the pot with the drained hominy. Once the entire mixture is boiling, reduce heat to simmer. Simmer chili in the open pot for 45 minutes. Then, serve in bowls with desired garnishes.

The chili turned out rich and flavorful, and my first bite took me right back to my living room on poker night. Deliciouso! as Dad would say. It was spicy, but not too spicy—sour cream is crucial for adjusting the spice level to your liking. I only used two jalapenos, and I couldn’t find an ancho chili at the grocery store, so maybe that would have kicked the spice up even further.

In case you’re curious, the garnishes I opted for were cheese, cilantro, yellow onion, and sour cream. I would have liked some oyster crackers in there, though. Next time!

hand-written chili verde recipe

Bonus pic: a photo copy of my dad’s hand-written recipe.

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