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Green Chili Pork Stew (over Tomatillo Rice)

We make an incredibly thick and rich Green Chili Pork Stew with a deliciously warm kick served over tomatillo rice that I just know you are going to love. Easy to make, it can be made in a crockpot, Instant Pot, or simmered on the stove. No matter which way you make it, you’re going to crave this spicy pork stew and add it to your regular menu rotation.

Originally released on May 31, 2016, this recipe has undergone updates to enhance our readers’ experience, featuring a quicker process to make this recipe, including simple details and new images.

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Green Chili Pork Stew (with Tomatillo Rice) Recipe

Green Chili Pork Stew is one of those recipes that I created on the fly. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going for, but what I ended up with is an amazing thick pork stew that’s become one of our favorite recipes.

What We Love About This Green Chili Stew Recipe

Cooking in layers and giving each step its own love and attention really makes a big difference when it comes to building flavor in a stew. We’ll show you how to make this recipe less “hands-on” while getting the same hearty green chile stew with less work. We’re keeping our original process as well for those of you who love our original recipe.

We’ll also show you how this amazing Green Chile Stew can be served. Pull out the bells and the whistles or get this amazing tender pork stew on the table in no time.

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Green Chili Stew Recipe

Products that I use to make Green Chili Pork Stew

  • Dutch Oven – I have several enameled cast-iron dutch ovens. I started out with a few that cost about 4 times what this one does and it’s my favorite! I make my sourdough bread in it and it’s perfect for soups, stews, because you can cook everything in it and serve from it. It cleans up like a dream too!
  • Cutting Board – I use a plastic cutting board for meat so I can sanitize it in the dishwasher. I like the juice groove when cutting meat too.

What kind of Green Chili’s work in Green Chili Pork Stew?

Please see our notes under Poblano Peppers or optional ingredients.

I used Poblano Chile peppers. Poblano peppers are mild chiles. You can also use Anaheim peppers or Hatch Green chiles. They are similar in heat. The heat of green chiles is rated by “Scoville Heat Units”. The higher the rating the hotter the chile. You can have two of the same peppers and they can vary in heat. Some chiles are rated over 1,000,000! The green chiles in this recipe are 500-2500.

Feel free to throw in a couple of jalapeno peppers for a little more spice. Jalapenos are rated 2500-8000 but are a smaller pepper. Like most peppers, most of their heat is in the seeds and ribs. Remove them if you don’t want a lot of heat or keep them in if you like a hot green chile stew.

Ingredients for Green Chili Stew (with options)

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Pork Green Chili Stew Ingredients
  • Pork Butt or Shoulder (same thing) – to get tender chunks of pork, you need a cut with a higher fat content than say a pork tenderloin. I’ll trim any excessive fat before I cook it.
  • Yellow Onion. You can also use white onions.
  • Garlic Cloves – Fresh or jarred, minced.
  • Poblano Peppers – we chop the peppers and saute them with the onions. They aren’t pre-roasted and we don’t remove the skin which can be tedious. To skip the chopping and to get the flavor of roasted green chile, we buy jarred hatch green chile peppers that are already roasted and diced.
  • Spices – We use Ancho Chili PowderCumin, and Mexican Oregano.
  • Olive Oil – any neutral oil such as vegetable oil or canola oil is fine.
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper. To taste.
  • TomatillosBuy a can of tomatillos and purée them. You’ll need some for the stew and some for the rice.
  • Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes – any canned diced tomatoes or whole peeled tomatoes. Do not drain.
  • Chicken Stock – We use a low-sodium, low-fat variety.
  • Roasted Corn – It’s easy to roast fresh or canned corn quickly in a skillet. However, you can often find roasted corn in the freezer section of many grocery stores.
  • Black Beans – You can use canned undrained or rinsed black beans or leftover Cuban Black Beans.
  • Fresh Cilantro – Optional but recommended. Fresh herbs enhance the flavor of the green chile stew recipe. 
  • Garnish. Your choice of chopped red onion, avocado, tomato, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, or any other traditional topping.

Tomatillo Rice

  • Brown Rice – Cooked rice. You can use the variety you enjoy including white rice.
  • Tomatillos – Buying canned tomatillos is very convenient. It removes the tedious work of preparing them yourself.
  • Chicken Stock – We use a low-sodium, low-fat variety.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted.

Ingredients to Make Tortilla Strips (optional)

  • Tortilla Shells – Raw or cooked. See the tortilla strip instructions below.
  • Ancho Chili Powder – or the chili powder of your choice.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray – You can also use oil.

How to Make Green Chili Stew

Step One. Prepare the tomatillos.

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Pureed Tomatillos

Use a stick blender to puree tomatillos with the juice and divide it for the two different recipes.

Step Two. Brown the pork.

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Brown pork

Heat the oil in a skillet, Dutch oven, or large pot. Brown the cubed pork and season with salt and pepper. Work in batches and move the cooked pork to a separate bowl to wait.

Step Three. Brown the onions and peppers.

In the same pan, brown the onions and poblano peppers (about 5 minutes). When slightly softened, add the garlic, ancho chili powder, cumin, and Mexican oregano. Cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Step Four. Combine the ingredients for your Green Chili Stew and simmer. (3 options)

Option 1: Add pork back to the pan and add the pureed tomatillos, the chicken stock, and the diced tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 hour. Add corn and beans and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

Option 2: To the slow cooker, add the pork, pureed tomatillos, chicken stock, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the pork is tender. Add corn and beans. Stir to evenly distribute. Re-cover and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.

Option 3: You can use an instant pot by following the instructions for our Pork Green Chili with Beans recipe. Replace the beans with rice.

Step 5. Prepare the Rice (2 options)

While the green chile pork stew cooks, prepare the tomatillo rice. In this recipe, we combined our pureed tomatillos with chicken stock and then added our rice on the stovetop.

As an option, we’ve also released an Instant Pot Tomatillo Rice recipe. While we serve our stew over tomatillo rice, you and mix it all together or not include it at all.

Tortilla Strips (optional)

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Tortilla strips

To make these tortilla strips puffy like straws, you have to use uncooked tortillas. I love using our Jalapeno Tortilla recipe for this. If you don’t use uncooked tortillas, you will have flat tortilla strips. They’re delicious too and can be made the same way. Ancho tortilla strips are so fun. I love using these over the pork stew like you would a cracker. Leftovers are delicious over a taco salad too. Instructions are listed in the recipe card.

How to store

Like other hearty stew recipes, the flavor can be even better the next day. Store the stew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

If you know you’re not going to be using it within 4 to 5 days, freeze this Spicy Pork stew in a freezer-safe air-tight container for up to 3 months. Tomatillo rice can be mixed into the pork stew and frozen together or frozen separately.

How to Serve Pork and Green Chili Stew?

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I tied this meal together by serving the Green Chili Pork over some Tomatillo rice. Which in my opinion is a complete meal. You can easily start the meal with a Fresh Margaritas and, our Quick Black Bean recipe would make a great side dish! Add a slice of iron skillet Corn Bread and Margarita Pie and you have a feast!

​You don’t have to make the tomatillo rice. You can make brown rice or skip the rice altogether and serve it as a bowl of stew with a crusty piece of bread.

Instead of serving this delicious recipe as a stew, you can use it as a filling for burritos or enchiladas.

A spicy green chili pepper stew filled with chunks of pork, black beans, tomatoes, corn, and topped with cilantro and avocado.

We love the spicy flavor of pork with chilies. If you do too, you may like our Ground Pork Green Chili made with hatch chiles or our Pulled Pork Chili Verde. They’re both amazing!

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

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Pork Green Chili Stew Recipe (over Tomatillo Rice)

Author: Hostess At Heart
Green Chili Pork Stew is full of flavor and has a deliciously warm kick. Served over Tomatillo rice makes it a complete meal. This Spicy Pork Stew can be made in a crockpot or on top of the stove.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Dish, Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword: Poblano, Poblano Pork Stew, Pork Stew, Tomatillo Rice
Servings: 12



  • 3-4 lb pork butt shoulder cubed into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion large
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups poblano peppers diced approximately 4 peppers
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 28 oz tomatillos can, pureed. *Reserve 1-1/2 cups for rice
  • 14.5 oz diced fire roasted tomatoes with juice
  • 32 oz chicken stock divided. *Reserve 1 cup for rice
  • 2 cups roasted corn measured not 16 oz (Can use unroasted corn)
  • 15 oz black beans
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Garnishes of choice such as avocado tomato, cilantro, cheese.

Tomatillo Rice

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatillos pureed
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tsp butter

Tortilla Straws

  • 2 tortilla shells raw (uncooked) variety.
  • Ancho chili powder
  • Salt
  • Non-stick cooking spray or oil


  • Puree tomatillos with juice. Measure out 1 1/2 cups and set aside.
  • Drizzle a large (7 – 9 quart) dutch oven or stock pot with olive oil. Heat over medium-high and cook cubed pork in batches. Salt and pepper each batch. Be sure not to crowd. Brown each side and transfer to a plate or bowl.
  • Add additional olive oil if necessary and brown onions and poblano peppers (about 5 minutes). When slightly softened, add garlic, ancho chili powder, cumin and Mexican oregano. Cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add pork back to the pan and add pureed tomatillos (*all but 1 1/2 cups) chicken stock (*all but 1 cup), and diced tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for 1 hour. Add corn and beans and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

Tomatillo Rice

  • Add 1 1/2 cups pureed tomatillos and 1 cup chicken stock to a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add rice and two teaspoons of butter. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 35 to 40 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Rice will continue to absorb liquid as it sits.

Tortilla Straws

  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Spray both sides of each tortilla with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil. Sprinkle with ancho chili powder and salt. Cut into strips (a pizza cutter works great). Place tortilla strips on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Serve Poblano Pork Stew over rice. Top with garnishes and tortilla straws.


Tomatillo Rice recipe can be made in an instant pot as demonstrated here
Slow Cooker Option: To the slow cooker, add the pork, pureed tomatillos, chicken stock, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the pork is tender. Add corn and beans. Stir to evenly distribute. Re-cover and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.


Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 29gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 962mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 555IUVitamin C: 31.4mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 18th of April 2024

I truly enjoy reading UR recipes...& Even more so get inspired to preparing them....a lot of times I use 'gandules' ....they R great beans also


Tuesday 17th of April 2018

YUM! This POBLANO PORK STEW OVER TOMATILLO RICE looks so yummy and filling!!! Perfect for this weekend's dinner!

Julie Menghini

Monday 23rd of April 2018

I made it again just two weeks ago for company and they loved it. We loved having it for leftovers during the week too!

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 16th of April 2018

There isn't anything about this I don't love!! Pure comfort!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Thank you Michaela!

Jennifer A Stewart

Monday 16th of April 2018

This stew looks amazing but that tomatillo rice is just genius! I am going to use that for everything now!!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Thanks, Jen! It is so good and I'll definitely be making my rice this way from now on.


Monday 16th of April 2018

I wish the hubs liked tomatillos. He's not a hugs fan of the tartness they can bring to a dish. I love them. This looks so good!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

I think recipes that use them like salsa are definitely an acquired taste. This recipe doesn't have that tartness just that great Mexican combination of flavors.

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