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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Chili Verde

I really am in love with Mexican food. I could seriously eat it a ton and not get sick of it. This was a great, easy Sunday meal that my family just loved. It comes from the Sister's Cafe which has so many great recipes. This was not too spicy but really flavorful and simple to make. I didn't have to turn on the oven and most of the prep work is done before hand. I shredded the meat and am looking forward to making nachos, burritos, quesadillas and anything else I can think of with all the leftovers. Yum!

Chili Verde
from the Sisters Cafe

3 pounds pork roast, fat removed as much as possible (*If using a roast any larger than 3 lbs, double the remaining ingredients)
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 10oz can green enchilada sauce
1 4oz can diced green chilis
1 14oz can diced tomatoes with chilis
2 chicken bouillon cubes
½ tsp cumin½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp pepper
1Tbsp. canola oil

In a large heavy pot, over medium heat, brown meat with oil , then add onion and garlic and saute a few minutes. Place in crockpot. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. 1 hour before serving, remove roast and set aside. Strain out the onions and tomatoes as much as possible and put with the roast. Pour remaining liquid into a large saucepan. (Place the roast and strained solids back into the crockpot, TURNED OFF, with the lid on to keep warm.) Bring the liquids to a boil on the stove, and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring every now and then, until considerably reduced. The point is to concentrate all the liquids to make a thicker sauce. This is a very important step because all the flavor is in this liquid, and you want to preserve all that flavor for the meat. (You could also opt to drain the tomatoes at the beginning to make this step go faster.) Mix the thickened sauce into the shredded meat and serve. Serve with warm tortillas, Monterey Jack cheese (monterey pepper jack is good too), cilantro, diced tomatoes, and lettuce. You can also served it with sour cream and chopped red onion. Makes 6-8 servings.
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