Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chili Verde (slow cooker and pressure cooker variations)

I'm on a roll today! I have a backlog of low-carb recipes after my husband's first week on the diet. Here's another one involving a Crockpot, which fulfills my promise to only use the device when it actually improves the recipe. In this case, slow cooking lean pork roast makes it super tender and flavors the sauce beautifully. Instead of chopping tomatillos (which are expensive where I live) I use jarred salsa verde as a shortcut. I often chop the veggies in the food processor instead of by hand. This turns out equally well in a pressure cooker. I love how flavorful and tangy this dish is.

Crockpot Chili Verde
1 bunch cilantro (remove leaves, chop them, and set aside for garnish. Chop the stems and cook in Crockpot with rest of ingredients.)
1 large onion, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2-6 jalapenos, roughly chopped, with seeds (we love spice, so I do 6, seeds and all. If you are sensitive to spice, try one or two, and remove the seeds)
1.5 lbs poblano and/or Anaheim peppers, roughly chopped
3.5-4 lbs pork sirloin or loin roast or chops, cut into 2 inch pieces
1.5 T ground cumin
1 T dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
2 t Adobo seasoning
28 oz canned cannellini or pinto beans, drained OR 3/4 lb dried beans, soaked overnight. If using dried beans, add 1/2 cup water to pot before cooking
1 12 oz jar salsa verde or green enchilada sauce
1 can Rotel tomatoes
2 t ground coriander (optional)
1 t Liquid smoke (optional)
1 t Worchestershire sauce (optional)

Garnish:
Lots of lime juice
chopped cilantro leaves
sour cream
corn tortillas or chips (if not concerned about low carb)

Slow cooker instructions
Dump all ingredients except garnish into the slow cooker and stir. Cook 8 hours on low.

Pressure cooker instructions
Saute pork until a bit brown on the outside but not cooked through. Set aside and so the same for the vegetables. Add remaining ingredients and set pressure cooker to beans/chili (or manual) for 50 minutes. Use quick release when done. 

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