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Tasty Chili Verde with Tomatillos

Chili Verde

There are many wonderful versions of Chili to choose from. A perfect dish that feeds a crowd. Green Tomatillos, and Chili Peppers, blended with herbs and spices when simmered together make a delicious flavor similar to the mixture of a Green Tomato and a simmered Green Apple. A special method where spices are incorporated during the browning the meat or meat substitute, if using, adds depth of flavor to the dish. This recipe can be adapted for vegans by adding the same amount of White Beans in place of the meat for an additional option. Making this recipe once for my family, it became a go-to Chili Recipe and actually surpassed some of my other versions for friends and family. Serve it with fluffy White Rice and Flour or Corn Tortillas warmed and rolled up to dip in the Chili. Garnish with Cilantro or Flat Leaf Parsley, a bit of chopped White Onion, and a high quality Mexican Sour Cream known as Crema. Also wonderful with Greek Yogurt or Middle Eastern Laban. Enjoy!

Chili Verde with Tomatillos


Two pounds large to medium Green Tomatillos scrubbed and husked

(One 28 oz drained can of Whole Tomatillos may be substituted)

One large White Onion

Three large cloves of Garlic minced

Two tablespoons fresh Oregano (or two teaspoons dried)

Two cups of flat leaf Parsley or Cilantro minced

One teaspoon sweet Paprika

One teaspoon Cayenne pepper

One teaspoon Kosher Salt

One Tablespoon ground Cardamom

One teaspoon Cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground Clove

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

One teaspoon Allspice ground

1/4 cup Canola Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Four cups cooked and drained White Navy Beans

One and a half pounds ground Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian Meat Protein

Eight cups Vegetable, Chicken or Beef broth

One Banana pepper (two Serrano peppers seeded and cored may be substituted)

One Tablespoon Honey

Juice of two Limes

Onion, Cilantro, Sour Cream, and Limes to garnish

Grated Chihuahua Cheese or grated Jack Cheese (optional garnish)


1) In a large frying pan, place the oil. Add the minced onion and cook on medium low until translucent. Next add the seeded washed and finely chopped peppers. Saute until slightly softened. Add the minced garlic for about thirty seconds. In a small bowl, spread out the ground meat into one layer and season on both sides with the: Paprika, Cayenne, Salt, Cardamom, Cumin, Clove, Cinnamon and Allspice. Cook until lightly browned on the outside.

2) In the mean time, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a lined cookie sheet with a bit of oil. Peel and scrub your Tomatillos, and slice multiple slits into the sides of each Tomatillo. Cover exterior with a bit of oil and layer on the cookie sheet. (You may do this in batches). Bake briefly flipping frequently until brown wrinkly skin appears on the them.)

3) Remove the blackened skin and place in a blender or food processor with a cup of the broth and blend until slightly lumpy. Add to the pot with the meat or texturized protein. Next add: Three cups Stock, the drained and rinsed Navy Beans, half the Cilantro, and the Oregano. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

4) Simmer with the lid slightly open for one hour and fifteen minutes.

5) Meanwhile in small bowls prepare your extra chopped white onion (Scallion could also be used), chopped Cilantro, Sour Cream, Yogurt or Laban

6) Prepare some fluffy rice in a two to one water to rice ratio. Steam for twenty minutes leave off heat for ten minutes more. Warm some corn tortillas in a clean cloth, transfer to a pretty serving plate, tortilla holder, or roll basket. Grate some Chihuahua, or Jack cheese and serve in a small bowl also.

To serve, dish a bit of rice in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the hot Tomatillo Chili into each bowl. Allow guests to garnish each bowl as they like. Top with the Onion, Cilantro and Sour Cream. Serve with the warm Tortillas, Shredded Chihuahua Cheese.

World Cuisine Today Magazine

February 12, 2023

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