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Pork Chile Verde Enchiladas



  • 2 fresh Anaheim chiles*
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped onion, divided
  • 4 tomatillos, husked, rinsed, quartered
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • Pork Chile Verde, chilled (see recipe)
  • 2 1/4 cups shredded asadero cheese
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped

Pork Chile Verde

  • 8 fresh Anaheim chiles
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 pounds trimmed boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cups (or more) water


  1. Enchiladas: Char Anaheim chiles over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in plastic bag 10 minutes. Peel, seed and coarsely chop chiles.
  2. Combine broth, 1/2 cup onion, tomatillos, jalapeno and garlic in medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until liquid is reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Transfer to blender. Add Anaheim chiles, cilantro and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Whisk in sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover, then chill.)
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 15 x 10 x 2-inch baking dish.
  5. Place 6 tortillas between 2 damp paper towels. Cook in microwave on HIGH until warm, about 1 minute.
  6. Working with 1 warm tortilla at a time, dip tortillas into sauce; shake excess sauce back into bowl. Place tortillas on work surface. Spoon scant 1/4 cup Pork Chile Verde, 2 tablespoons cheese and 1 tablespoon onion down center of each. Roll up tortillas. Arrange enchiladas, seam side down, in prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining 6 tortillas. (Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover enchiladas, remaining sauce and separately. Chill.)
  7. Top enchiladas with remaining sauce, then cheese. Bake enchiladas uncovered until heated through, about 20 minutes (or 30 minutes if enchiladas have been refrigerated). Sprinkle tomatoes over and serve.
  8. Pork Chile Verde: Char Anaheim chiles over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in plastic bag 10 minutes. Peel, seed and chop chiles.
  9. Stir cumin seeds in heavy small skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Transfer to spice grinder; process until finely ground. Set aside.
  10. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add pork; cook until juices evaporate and meat browns, stirring often, about 20 minutes.
  11. Add chiles, cumin and garlic. Sauté 5 minutes. Add 4 cups water. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat until meat is very tender and sauce just coats meat, about 1 hour. If necessary, increase heat and continue to simmer until sauce is reduced and just coats meat. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Rewarm over medium heat, adding 1/2 cup water to loosen mixture if necessary.)

This can also be used in burritos or tacos.

Per serving: 489 Calories (kcal); 12g Total Fat; (22% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 81g Carbohydrate; 4mg Cholesterol; 693mg Sodium

Food Exchanges: 5 1/2 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates


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