Pork Chile Verde

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Pork Chile Verde combines authentic Mexican flavors with tender pork in a spicy green sauce that will knock your socks off!

This Pork Chile Verde combines authentic Mexican flavors with tender pork in a spicy green sauce that will knock your socks off!

Pork Chile Verde is an Actual Award Winner!

This exact Pork Chile Verde recipe comes from a woman in our church congregation, who brought a pot of the savory soup to a chili cook-off. It won the big prize by a landslide and I could not wait to ask her for permission to share her recipe here on Favorite Family Recipes. So when you’re digging into a bowl of this spicy goodness, think of Diana. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe!

What Is Chile Verde?

Chile Verde gets its name and rich green color from green enchilada sauce and green chilies along with a shot of green Tabasco sauce. Traditional Chile Verde is made with chunks of beef, pork or both! Chicken is a delicious option, too.

Can I Make Pork Chile Verde in the Crock Pot?

Absolutely! See the recipe card below for crock pot instructions, but whether it’s on the stove top or the crock pot, this recipe is so simple to throw together and even more delightful to eat!

How To Serve Chile Verde

This Pork Chile Verde is delicious served in a bowl all on its own, but it definitely has some kick to it. Cool it down with some shredded cheese (white cheddar or Monterrey Jack is delicious) and sour cream. You can also serve it a variety of ways:

  • Nacho style on top of a pile of crisp tortilla chips
  • Over rice
  • Wrapped up in warm flour tortillas
  • With a side of Spanish rice and beans

Can Chile Verde Be Frozen?

Pork Chile Verde freezes beautifully, and can last up to three months in the freezer. To reheat, thaw it out in the refrigerator, then warm up on the stove or in individual servings in the microwave.

How To Make Chile Verde Sauce Thicker

To thicken up your soup, mix a little cornstarch in water and add to the pot. If it’s too thick, thin it out with some extra chicken broth.

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Pork Chile Verde?

Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in this recipe. Many of these spices are pantry staples that you have on hand. A couple of notes about the recipe:

  • If you don’t have chicken broth AND stock on hand, you can omit the two tablespoons of stock that the recipe calls for. I’ve left it out a few times when I didn’t have any stock in the house and it still tastes delicious!
  • You’ll find that 27 ounces is a lot when you’re looking for chiles, so you can buy them whole, rather than chopped or diced, in large cans at the grocery store. They chop up easily in the food processor or blender and it much cheaper than buying several small cans.

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How to Make Pork Chile Verde

This Pork Chile Verde combines authentic Mexican flavors with tender pork in a spicy green sauce that will knock your socks off!

Pork Chile Verde

4.89 from 27 votes
This Pork Chile Verde combines authentic Mexican flavors with tender pork in a spicy green sauce that will knock your socks off!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 6


  • 2 pounds pork diced (I used boneless pork ribs)
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 (14 ounce can) chicken broth
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 ½ tablespoons chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon jalapeno
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder more or less, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon green Tabasco sauce
  • 1 (10 ounce can) green enchilada sauce
  • 27 ounces canned green chiles chopped or diced
  • 8 ounces canned green chiles pureed
  • 1-2 cans white beans drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Brown pork and drain. 
  • Add onion and chicken broth (will not cover meat entirely). 
  • Simmer 1 hour, stirring often. 
  • Combine garlic powder, chicken stock, celery salt, cornstarch, oregano, cumin, jalapeno, cilantro, chili powder, and green Tabasco sauce. 
  • Simmer 1 hour, stirring often to avoid sticking.
  • Add green enchilada sauce and stir. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add chopped green chilies and cook for 15 minutes. 
  • Add pureed green chilies, white beans and salt to taste.
  • Serve with cheese, sour cream, chips and/or flour tortillas.


    Brown pork and drain. Saute onion and add to slow cooker with meat. Add chicken broth and cook on low heat for 3 hours. Add remaining ingredients and cook additional 2 hours on low heat.


      Nutrition Information

      Calories: 518kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 32gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1408mgPotassium: 940mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 461IUVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 6mg

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      Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for a great recipe. I made it for a chili contest at work and came in first place. I will be making it again, soon.

      2. 2 stars
        I don’t know what I did wrong but it doesn’t taste good. I can’t believe this won awards. I didn’t cover it the first simmer so I added another can of chicken broth. Sorry but not a fan of this one.

        1. Hi Karen, I am so sorry that your chili didn’t turn out well. Unfortunately that first simmer is crucial to the flavor of the soup. Adding an extra can of broth would definitely dilute all the spices and flavors that make this chili so good. Covering the pot keeps the moisture in so that the meat and onions can break down in the listed amount of chicken broth.

      3. 5 stars
        This was a killer recipe!! I made it tonight. Easy and scrumptious!! My brothers favorite dish and I made it for his birthday “ Restaurant quality Sis” so happy.

      4. 5 stars
        I would use more broth so it’s not so thick, and be a little more generous with the spices per your taste. I like bold flavors. I also took the pork out 15 minutes before, shredded it, and then recombined. This recipe is DELICIOUS. First time making green chili and it was a huge hit.

        1. Great pro tip Amit. I made this for the first time and incorporated a lot of your suggestions but I opted for diced pork and not shredded.

      5. This is a delicious recipe!! I used pork tenderloin because that is what I had on hand and it was great. I have never had to add salt and it was perfect with some fresh cornbread! 🙂

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