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Pork Chile Verde

Padma Lakshmi's Pork Chile Verde.TODAY, December 1st 2016.
Padma Lakshmi's Pork Chile Verde. TODAY, December 1st 2016.Nathan R. Congleton / TODAY

Chef notes

This robust pork chile verde is the perfect dish for casual entertaining or a family supper.


  • 1 pound tomatillos
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 jalapeños
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 medium medium yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 shot Añejo tequila
  • 1 pound cooked cannellini beans
  • 2 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1 lime, juiced (optional)



In a blender, combine the tomatillos, avocados, jalapeños, two cloves of garlic, cilantro, lime juice, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, salt, 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Puree until smooth. (Side note: This makes a great salsa verde sauce on its own; you may want to buy double the ingredients and use the extra as a dipping sauce for other savory treats!)


In a heavy soup pot, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Slice remaining two cloves of the garlic in half, and cook for 1 minute. Add the onions, Mexican oregano, cumin, remaining sesame seeds and red pepper flakes, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add the ground pork and cook until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Add in the shot of tequila.


Add the tomatillo sauce, beans and water or stock to the pork mixture. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the lemon juice just before serving.