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Recipe courtesy of Espino's Mexican Bar and Grill

Puerco Con Chile Verde

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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3 pounds pork butt, cubed (with fat)

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground oregano

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups Salsa Verde, recipe follows

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 small cans green chiles, minced

1 large yellow onion, chopped

Salsa Verde:

12 tomatillos, husks removed

4 cloves garlic 

2 jalapenos, stemmed 

1 serrano pepper, stemmed 

1 small yellow onion, chopped 

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 

1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large skillet, add the pork butt, salt, black pepper, lemon pepper, oregano and garlic and cook for 10 minutes. Add the Salsa Verde, cilantro, cumin, green chiles and onions and cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 30 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Salsa Verde:

  1. In a saucepan, boil the tomatillos, garlic, jalapenos, serrano and half of the onions in 2 cups water until the mixture floats to the top of the saucepan, about 30 minutes. Strain out the pulp and reserve the liquid.
  2. In a food processor, blend the pulp with the remaining onions, the cilantro, salt and 3/4 cup of the reserved liquid.
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