The Best Green Chili Recipe

Green chili is a traditional dish from northern Mexico that can be prepared with a wide variety of meats. Bacon is classic, here you will transform the bacon shoulder into soft cloves that melt with a long strap. This recipe makes a great package that is perfect for serving at a Cinco de Mayo dinner or celebration. Whatever the occasion, Chili Verde goes well with margaritas and Mexican rice.

Although Chile Verde refers to a specific type of chili, here, the name refers to traditional shells. To make the sauce you will use three types of peppers—poplanos, cubanels, and seronos—as well as vegetables like tomatoes and green tomatoes. Like tomatoes, tomatoes are part of the nightshade family, but are actually more closely related to ground cherries (sister gooseberry). Tomatoes, loved for their tangy, tangy flavor, add their beautiful green color to the sauce. The green chili should be green, not brown, even if the color is dull.

If you cook Chili Verde for family dinner, the rest will freeze well. Let cool completely, then divide into freezer-safe containers and freeze for an easy dinner. Pour over brown rice or serve with a tortilla. You can also use green chile to top the nachos (chop the bacon first) or sauté the eggs directly in the remaining sauce.

Mexican oregano is more like marjoram than the dried oregano found in grocery stores. If you can’t find Mexican oregano, substitute dried marjoram.

Tip: If using an Amir blender, transfer the bacon to a plate. Add the roasted vegetables, chicken broth, and 1 teaspoon of salt to the pot. Blend until pure. Return pork to pot.

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2 pounds

Tomatoes (about 16), beaten and rinsed


Large paplano peppers, halved lengthwise, stems and seeds removed


Cubanelle peppers, halved lengthwise, stems and seeds removed

1 to 2 cherno peppers, depending on your heating preference


Large white onion, cut into large chunks

3 pounds

Pork shoulder, cut into 1″ pieces

2 tbsp.

extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon

freshly ground black pepper, more to taste

2 tablespoons

dried mexican oregano

1/2 teaspoon

ground coriander

3 c.

low sodium chicken broth

Coriander leaves, to serve

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  1. Heat grill to high heat. On a large rimmed baking sheet, layer the tomatoes, paplanos, cubanitas, ceranos, onions and garlic cloves in even layers. Fry the tomatoes and peppers in half and fry for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are well burned. (Watch carefully.) Remove the pan from the oven and let the vegetables cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. In a large bowl, season the bacon with oil, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add the bacon in even layers to the dutch oven and cook for 5 minutes, or until one side is browned. Add the bacon, whisk in even layers and cook again for 5 minutes without stirring. Continue cooking, stirring now, until the pork is completely browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cumin, oregano, and coriander, so the meat is evenly coated with the spices. Cook for about 30 seconds or until the aroma of spices comes out.
  4. In a blender, combine fried vegetables, broth, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir until smooth; Pour into a bowl. Turn the bacon into a pot and increase the heat to high. When the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat to a minimum.
  5. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, about 10 hours, or until pork separates easily and sauce thickens.
  6. Remove lid and cook uncovered for another 45 minutes, stirring frequently until sauce thickens further. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Laura Manzano is a Brooklyn-based recipe creator, food stylist, personal chef, and occasional writer.

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