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Easy Chili Verde

In this Easy Chili Verde, tender pork and green chilies create deep flavors for this shortcut version of a classic New Mexico stew.
4.9 from 15 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
A ladle of chili over a pot of finished chili verde.

There’s so much to love about this easy Chili Verde recipe! it’s a delicious, healthy, and nutritious meal that’s also a breeze to prepare. You’ll use tender pork and a mix of green chilies to create the deep flavors in this shortcut version of a classic New Mexico stew.

Slow cooked, tender pork and a mix of green chilies create this deeply flavored and easy shortcut recipe for New Mexico style Chili Verde. Serve it with rice and warm tortillas and enjoy one of the best chili recipes you’ve ever had.

A ladle of chili over a pot of finished chili verde.

According to Wikipedia, “Chili Verde (Spanish for ‘green chili’) is a moderately to super spicy New Mexican cuisine stew or sauce usually made from chunks of pork that have been slow-cooked in chicken broth, garlic, tomatillos, and roasted green chilies. Tomatoes are rarely used. The spiciness of the chili is adjusted with poblano, jalapeño, serrano, and occasionally habanero peppers. Chili Verde is a common filling for the Mission burrito.”

Yes, that’s just about right. And do you know what else it is? Absolutely delicious!

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that my chili verde recipe is not authentic. No authentic southwestern cook would make this recipe. It’s not made with home roasted tomatillos and peppers. Instead, I use a canned green enchilada sauce as a quick substitute for the tomatillos because they’re not always available in my local stores.

A serving of chili verde in a white bowl garnished with cheese and cilantro.

Along with the shortcut method for the sauce, this delicious chili contains tender pieces of cubed pork shoulder and pork sausage simmered with lots of peppers and onions and a couple of cans of chopped Hatch green chilies. If you’re not familiar with Hatch chilies, you’re missing out. There is no substitute for that particular flavor.


  • If you’re accustomed to red chilis, this will be a different, delicious version to enjoy.
  • This recipe uses shortcuts to keep the prep time minimal.
  • Can be made ahead.
  • Tastes even better the second day.

About the Ingredients

You can make this chili as hot or mild as you like by changing up a few ingredients. You can use serranos instead of jalapenos, hot Hatch chilies, and spicy breakfast sausage. We just happen to be mild chili eaters here.

Photo of all ingredients used in the recipe.
  • Boneless pork shoulder (You can also use pork butt or pork roast.)
  • Breakfast sausage (I know. Not a typical ingredient in Chili Verde, but I did say this isn’t authentic, right? Use your choice of mild, medium, or hot).
  • Jalapeno pepper (The recipe calls for one jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped. Most jalapenos are fairly mild on the heat scale so you may like to include more.)
  • Poblano pepper (Poblanos are quite mild with a bright, fresh flavor.)
  • Canned chopped green chilies (I recommend Hatch chilies if you can get them.)
  • Green enchilada sauce (This is the main shortcut that I use for this recipe. Purchased enchilada sauce is great as the basis for this recipe.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Chili Verde

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

STEP 1. Take a few minutes to dice all the peppers and onions and to cut the pork into cubes.

STEP 2. Then heat the oil in a large (8-quart or larger) saucepan over medium-high heat.

STEP 3. Season the cubed pork well with salt and pepper.

STEP 4. Toss the cubes in flour to coat. Shake off the excess.

STEP 5. Add the pork to the hot oil and cook until browned (work in batches and don’t crowd the pan). Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

STEP 6. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up, until browned (about 4 minutes). Transfer to the plate with the pork.

STEP 7. Add scallions, onions, jalapeno, Poblano, and green bell pepper. Cook, stirring until soft (about 15 minutes).

STEP 8. Add back the reserved pork and sausage. Add the canned green chilis, enchilada sauce, and chicken stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook until pork is tender (about 30 minutes).

Servings of chili verde in white bowls garnished with cheese and cilantro.
STEP 9.

STEP 9. Garnish with cilantro and cheese.

Storing Leftovers

Any leftover chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about three days. You can also freeze for up to three months. To serve, allow the frozen chili to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat.

A ladle of chili over a pot of finished chili verde.

Tips and Variations

  • To make in a slow cooker, brown the meats and cook the vegetables as directed in the recipe. Add all ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the pork is very tender.
  • To make in the pressure cooker or InstantPot – Brown the meats and vegetables in the pot, cover and cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to reduce naturally. 
  • If your chili seems thin, you can thicken it with a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of water. Slowly stir into hot chili. 
  • Serve leftovers as tacos wrapped in warm corn or flour tortillas.
  • Substitute an equal amount of chicken for the pork to make a Chicken Chili Verde

FAQs

What does “chili verde” mean?

Chili verde simply means “green chili” in Spanish.

Can this be made ahead?

Yes. This chili is even better when made ahead and served within two or three days.

Is green enchilada sauce the same as salsa verde?

Not exactly. They’re very similar, but enchilada sauce is thinner and intended for cooking where salsa verde is thick and chunky and typically used for dipping.

What is chili con carne?

Chili con carne is literally “chili with meat.” I suppose this is technically a type of chili con carne.

There are no beans in the recipe. Is that correct?

That’s right. Many chili recipes do not contain beans. In fact, most authentic chilis do not contain any beans at all. They’re primarily meat based.

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Recipe

A ladle of chili over a pot of finished chili verde.

Easy Chili Verde

In this Easy Chili Verde, tender pork and green chilies create deep flavors for this shortcut version of a classic New Mexico stew.
4.94 from 15 votes
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Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 532kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder cut into ½” cubes
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • ½ cup flour
  • 8 ounces breakfast sausage (mild, medium, or hot – your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 medium yellow onions finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 large Poblano pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 8 ounces canned chopped green chilis Hatch recommended
  • 20 ounces green enchilada sauce (2 10-ounce cans)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Cilantro and shredded Monterey Jack cheese for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large (8-quart or larger) saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Season the cubed pork well with salt and pepper. Toss the cubes in flour to coat. Shake off the excess.
  • Add to the hot oil and cook until browned (work in batches and don’t crowd the pan). Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up, until browned (about 4 minutes). Transfer to the plate with the pork.
  • Add scallions, onions, jalapeno, Poblano, and green bell pepper. Cook, stirring until soft (about 15 minutes).
  • Add back the reserved pork and sausage.
  • Add the canned green chilis, enchilada sauce, and chicken stock.
  • Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook until pork is tender (about 30 minutes). Garnish with cilantro and cheese.

Notes

Ingredients:
  • Boneless pork shoulder may be substituted with pork butt or pork roast.
  • Bulk breakfast sausage – I recommend Jimmy Dean brand – your choice of mild, medium, or hot.
  • Jalapeno pepper – start with one and scale up or down according to your taste.
  • Poblanos are quite mild with a bright, fresh flavor. Look for them with the other chilies in your produce department.
  • For the canned chopped green chilies, I highly recommend Hatch chilies if you can get them. Otherwise, any brand works.
  • Look for green enchilada sauce with the salsas in your grocery store.
Tips:
  • To make in a slow cooker, brown the meats and cook the vegetables as directed in the recipe. Add all ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the pork is very tender.
  • To make in the pressure cooker or InstantPot – Brown the meats and vegetables in the pot, cover and cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to reduce naturally.
  • If your chili seems thin, you can thicken it with a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of water. Slowly stir into hot chili.
  • Serve leftovers as tacos wrapped in warm corn or flour tortillas.
  • Substitute an equal amount of chicken for the pork to make a Chicken Chili Verde.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1412mg | Potassium: 973mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 977IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on January 24, 2018. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

A serving of chili verde with tortilla and cheese.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    recipe sounds great but It’s interesting that your blog advises genuine hatch Chiles from the Hatch Chile Store. I couldn’t agree more and buy from them all the time. however they also sell jars of fresh green chile sauce and seasonings to make an even easier chile verde that is excellent. no need for the canned enchilada sauce or different chilies as you can order it in whatever heat you would prefer.

  2. 4 stars
    Looks and sounds really good but I am wondering what you think makes the sodium count so high. I’m trying to monitor and cut back on mine for health reasons. Just thought you might share your thoughts before I shop and check. Thank you for all your great recipes.

    1. Hi Mary Ann – The nutrition calculation is done automatically by software, so I’m not sure where the high sodium comes from. Possibly from the purchased chicken stock. You could certainly use a low-sodium version.

  3. Oh my word. That looks so good that I could jump up right this minute and start preparing it. Really. Thanks for sharing.