Something about the fall and football season makes me want to cook this Pork Hatch Green Chili every Sunday. But honestly, I also crave this chili on a regular basis, even in the summer. The flavors are so fresh and bright that it works all year round. Looking for a vegetarian version? Check out our Vegetarian Hatch Green Chili here!
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We are lucky enough to have pepper stands throughout the state in the fall and the smell of the peppers roasting is intoxicating. I stock up on two or three bushels to make sure that I have enough for my Hatch Green Chili cravings plus some extra for various Mexican dishes throughout the rest of the year.
You can easily control the heat level through the green chili powder, enchilada sauce, quantity of jalapenos, and the chile peppers themselves. This recipe is set for a mild to mild-medium heat level.
I have been getting questions about my pot in the picture below. I have a couple Staub pieces that I love cooking with when I make things like my green chili. Staub is a different brand of Le Creuset but I am partial to Staub for a few reasons. The lids have basting dots which are bumps that allow the moisture to drip back into the mot evenly instead of in a pile. I also love their colors more (they have darker, richer colors) and this brand is #1 in France over Staub. I have had zero problems with mine and love them. The one in this picture is a 5.75 quart oval cocotte which you can find here and I also have a round 4 quart one that you can find here. I use them all the time and they last forever. They are completely worth it!
After just a few minutes of assembly, you can leave this on the stove for several hours to do its thing. It also freezes really well! Just pack into mason jars and throw in the freezer for perfectly sized portions.
Green chili and Colorado are synonymous, so having recipe like this in your arsenal is sure to impress. There are so many options for toppings and add-ins, you can please everyone with this recipe.
The longer you let it cook, the better it will taste…if you are able to restrain yourself. The smell is intoxicating!
Pork Hatch Green Chili
- 2 pounds pork shoulder, diced and trimmed of fat
- 1 cup white onion diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon green chili powder (see note)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 32 ounces chicken stock
- 28 ounces green enchilada sauce (heat and brand of choice) (one large can)
- 1 bottle beer (lager, pilsner, or other lighter beer of choice)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
- 1-3 jalapenos seeded and finely diced
- 32 ounces fresh roasted Hatch green chiles, heat level of choice, seeded and peeled (you can substitute the canned kind)
- In a large pot (cast iron preferably), cook pork over medium heat until browned. Reserve two tablespoons of the fat. Drain the remaining fat and remove pork. Set aside.
- Return the two tablespoons of pork drippings to the pot. Over medium heat, cook onion until translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add all of the dried spices: garlic powder, green chili powder, celery salt, dried oregano, and cumin. Saute to toast herbs for approximately 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock, green enchilada sauce, beer, cilantro, jalapenos, and green chiles.
- Cook, over medium low heat, for at least one hour, preferably three hours. Stir occasionally. If the chili becomes too thick, add some more stock a cup at a time. *You want the chili to thicken in this step. Continue cooking until the thickness is to your liking. You can turn up the heat a little if it is taking too long.
- Finish off the chili with hot sauce for more of a kick as needed, or use as a mix-in. Serve with your favorite toppings or sides.