Clean Eating Pulled Pork Chili Verde

I’m sure I join many people in starting the new year with healthy, real food after so much holiday junk. This chili is definitely different from the chilis I’ve made before, but it might be my new favorite. Essentially it’s a big bowl of delicious limey pulled pork with beans and it’s absolutely awesome. Serve it with a nice big salad and you’re good to go.

Clean Eating Pork Chili Verde
Just the Tip / Inspired by I Breathe Therefore I’m Hungry

What I used:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lbs pork shoulder or butt, cut into 2 inch chunks and trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 16-oz jar of green salsa
  • 3 tbsp chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 3-4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 28-oz can pinto beans, rinsed
  • juice of one lime
  • salt & pepper to taste

What I did:

  1. Preheat oven to 300.  Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper and add to the pot. In batches, brown the pork on all sides– don’t rush this! This will take upwards of 40 minutes. Don’t rush it!
  2. Remove the meat from the pan and turn the heat down to medium. Add the onion, season with salt, and saute for a few minutes until it’s starting to soften. If there is a lot of brown crud on the bottom of the pan (there should be if you took your time browning the meat! that is all flavor – good stuff), you can throw a splash of chicken broth in the pan to loosen it up a bit. Add the garlic and saute for a couple of more minutes.
  3. Add the chipotles, salsa verde, cumin, and coriander to the pot, stirring until combined.  Return the pork and any juices from the plate back to the pan and add the chicken broth in until the pork is 3/4 the way covered with liquid. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover the pot and transfer to the oven to cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until the pork is extremely tender. Remove pot from the oven, remove the pork to baking sheet, and skim off any fat on the surface of the liquid in the pot.
  5. Pull the pork apart using forks (or these AWESOME bear paws that I got in my Christmas stocking!). Return the pot to stove over medium high heat. Add the beans and cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens. Add the pulled pork, lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and serve with sour cream if you like.

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2 thoughts on “Clean Eating Pulled Pork Chili Verde

  1. chris says:

    What brand of green salsa to you use?

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