Pork Chile Verde recipe will delicious, seasonal Hatch chile peppers. Paleo and Whole30-friendly! |

Pork Chile Verde (Paleo, Whole30)

Pork Chile Verde recipe will knock your socks off with delicious, seasonal Hatch chile peppers. This recipe is simple to make and it's paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30-friendly! Learn more in this post.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 141 kcal


  • 2 lb pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 onion large, diced
  • 3 Hatch green chiles seeded and diced
  • 3/4 lb tomatillos husk removed, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • Cilantro large handful, chopped, for garnish


  1. Prep the pork. Trim any excess fat off the pork, and cut it into 1-inch chunks. Put the pork in a medium bowl, and toss it with the salt, cumin, coriander, and pepper. 

  2. Sear the meat. Heat a large, deep-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high, and melt the ghee. Add the pork and brown each side for about 2 minutes. You’re just trying to develop some color, not cook it all the way through. Remove the pork to a clean bowl while you cook the veggies.

  3. Cook the veggies. Reduce the heat to medium, then add the onion, tomatillos, and chiles. Cook and stir for 5 to 7 minutes until the onions soften and turn translucent. Then, add the garlic and chicken broth, and put the pork back in the skillet. Stir to combine.

  4. Simmer until tender. Bring this mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the lid and simmer for 1 more hour, until the sauce has reduced a bit and the pork is very tender. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you can't find fresh Hatch chiles, don't worry! Use canned Hatch green chiles (mild or medium), two 4-ounce cans.

For the Instant Pot: Reduce the broth to 1/2 cup and cook on Manual (high) for 60 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

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Nutrition Facts
Pork Chile Verde (Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 559mg23%
Potassium 417mg12%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.