Source: Melissa Cookston

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PREP TIME

25 mins

COOK TIME

180 mins

SERVING SIZE

8

What You’ll Need

3-4 pounds Prairie Fresh® pork shoulder butt, excess fat removed, cut into bite sized pieces
2 pounds Anaheim peppers
½ pounds tomatillos, husked and washed
1 head garlic
¾ cup cilantro leaves, lightly packed

2 tablespoons oil, divided
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken stock
1 medium onion, diced
¼ cup flour
As needed water
To taste salt and pepper

For crema
1 cup Mexican crema
1 lime, juiced

Directions

Mexican Crema
In a small bowl, mix Mexican crema and lime juice. Refrigerate.

Chile Verde
For the peppers, tomatillos and garlic:
(These steps can be done in a 350 F oven or on a grill for added flavor.)

In a bowl, toss Anaheim peppers and tomatillos in oil.  

Trim off the upper ¼ of the head of garlic. With aluminum foil, form a “boat” around garlic head.  Place garlic on grill on indirect heat for 30-40 minutes or until soft. In a bowl, squeeze out roasted cloves. Set aside. 

Grill or roast in oven peppers and tomatillos until blackened.  Remove from grill or oven, placing peppers in a resealable plastic bag. Cool. Remove skin, seeds and stems from peppers.

In a blender, add peppers, tomatillos, garlic cloves and cilantro.  Puree and set aside.  

Season pork with salt and pepper, then toss with flour.  

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add pork in batches to brown.  Remove from heat and set aside.  

To Dutch oven, add onion and brown for 4-5 minutes.  Add chicken stock. Scrape bottom of pan to release fond.  Add oregano, bay leaves, pork and pepper puree to Dutch oven.  

Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Cook covered for 2-3 hours or until pork is tender.  Adjust for seasonings with salt and pepper. 

Spoon into bowls and add a drizzle of lime crema.  

Serve with rice and/or tortillas.  Enjoy!