Because until a few months ago all of our children were living in Utah we have made a lot of trips to Utah over the last 10-12 years. To Provo, Utah specifically. One of our favorite activities to do while there is go out to eat. For years our favorite place to go was Los Hermanos. A local Mexican restaurant that is also a local favorite. There is always a line and a wait at Los Hermanos. Now that Provo’s restaurant scene has grown and improved we don’t go to Los Hermanos as much any more. But when we did I always ordered the same thing. Yes, I am one of those! My favorite dish at Los Hermanos was their Pork Chili Verde. I got it every time.
The other day I was craving it. The problem was I was at home in Portland and Los Hermanos is a bit to far to go for dinner. So I decided to try and recreate it at home. We were having the sister missionaries from church over for dinner (for more info on what I believe you can go here) so I decided to experiment on them. It just so happened that one of the sister missionaries use to be a server at Los Hermanos in Provo! She had had first hand experience with the real thing. She loved my version and even said my version was better than the real thing! She might have just been being nice but I have to say it sure did the trick for me and tasted like I remember the real thing tasting. I served it over lime cilantro rice with some homemade flour tortillas. It was quite yummy.
It makes a lot so we’ve got plenty of leftovers which is great. It is made in the slow cooker and the pork ends up so nice and tender and the flavor is great. I used a combination of salsa verde, green enchilada sauce and canned tomatillos. You can buy canned tomatillos and then I just put them in my little food processors for a couple of pulses and they were perfect.
I browned the meat first in my dutch oven and then put it and everything else into the slow cooker and let it cook. I do it on high for 3 hours and then low for 4 hours. It is quite “soupy” so the last hour I took out some of the liquid and mixed in a couple tablespoons of corn starch and then added that back in with everything for the last hour to help thicken it up a bit.
It was great served open faced like I did but it would also be great wrapped up in a burrito or an enchilada. It has great flavor and is so easy to make.
For other yummy Mexican Slow Cooker meals check out these:
- 4-5 lbs. boneless pork shoulder or carnitas, cubed
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 C onion chopped
- 3 tsp garlic, minced
- 14 oz. green enchilada sauce
- 16 oz. salsa verde
- 4 oz. diced green chilies
- 28 oz. canned tomatillos, diced
- 1/2 Tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt (more to taste if needed)
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 C juice from slow cooker
- Heat oil in heavy pan.
- Add onion and garlic and cook until onions begin to soften.
- Add in cubed pork and brown on all sides. (may need to do in more than one batch)
- Put pork and onion mixture into slow cooker.
- Add in salsa, enchilada sauce, chilies and tomatillos.
- Add in cumin and salt.
- Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 hours
- Reduce to low and cook for 4 hours.
- An hour before done remove 1 C of liquid from slow cooker and combine with corn starch.
- Put back into slow cooker, stir and allow to thicken for remaining hour.
- Meat will be tender and pull apart easily when done.