This tasty Latin Pork Tomatillo Stew recipe bursts with flavor from poblano and serrano chilies, tomatillos, onions, corn, pork and spices for a stew that really satisfies your taste buds!
One of our very good friends just turned 30 so we attended a shin-dig hosted by his girlfriend over the weekend. The theme was “Fiesta” so I decided to bring Elderflower Sangria and a big pot of Latin Pork and Tomatillo Stew with homemade corn tortillas. This hearty stew was a big hit and disappeared quickly at the party!
At less than 350 calories per serving, this tomatillo pork stew is the perfect choice for a filling meal without the guilt. I’d highly recommend taking the 30 minutes to make the homemade tortillas, as they just bring something special to the table compared to the store-bought variety.
The pork takes a little while to roast in the oven, but it is totally worth it to achieve that fork-tender fall-apart texture. Next to the heat from the Serranos and the bright flavor of the tomatillos, the pork tastes wonderfully savory.
Start by roasting some poblano chilies under your broiler, then set them in a bowl to steam under a cloth for fifteen minutes.
Next, get your pork, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, Serranos, green pepper, and onions into a Dutch Oven and into the oven to roast for one hour.
Meanwhile, take two pounds of tomatillos…
…and chop them into quarters.
Grab those poblanos out from under the dish cloth and peel them under running water. Remove the seeds, and chop.
Add the tomatillos and poblanos to the pot and return it to the oven for another hour and a half. This would be a great time to work on some homemade tortillas!
Add in the corn, stir, and taste. Add salt and black pepper as needed.
Garnish with cilantro and cotija cheese. Serve with warm corn tortillas for dipping!
This Latin pork stew is absolutely delicious!
Here’s the Recipe!
Latin Pork Tomatillo Stew Recipe
- 4 poblano chilies
- 1 bunch cilantro - chopped, divided
- 1 green bell pepper - chopped
- 3 garlic cloves - minced
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder - cut into 3/4-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions - finely chopped
- 3 serrano chilies - seeded and minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 2 lbs tomatillos - husked, rinsed, and each cut into quarters
- 16 oz can of corn - drained
- Preheat your broiler to High and line a broiling pan with foil. Place the poblanos on the pan and broil close to the source of the heat, turning occasionally, until charred all over, about 10 minutes. Wrap foil around poblanos and allow to steam until cook enough to handle.
- Turn oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a heavy 5-quart Dutch oven, combine garlic, salt, half of the chopped cilantro leaves, pork, green pepper, onions, serranos, cumin, and cayenne. Toss to combine. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, remove and discard skin and seeds from the poblanos. Cut chilies into 1-inch pieces.
- Stir tomatillos and roasted poblanos into the Dutch oven. Cover and bake 1 1/2- 2 hours longer, or until the meat is very tender. Stir in corn and heat through. Sprinkle with reserved cilantro and cotija cheese. Serve with tortillas.
Anyone try this in an instant pot?
Excellent recipe! Super flavorful! Do you think it could be done in a crockpot? Low for 8 hours or high for 4?
Hi, Kate! You could definitely try this in a slow cooker – I haven’t done it myself, but I would imagine it would work really well! Let me know how it turns out 🙂
Delicious, love this stew! It looks wonderful.
Thanks so much! I love trying to come up with meals that are filling and hearty but waistline conscious 🙂
I make such a similar stew (from Food & Wine). It is cooked on the stove and doesn’t have corn. We LOVE it!!! Yours looks great too!
Awesome, I love pretty much any and all stews – I can’t wait for fall and winter so it’s a bit more socially acceptable to eat them all the time 🙂
Yum! Such gorgeous photos… beautiful, vibrant and healthy! I’ve never actually seen a tomatillo. Not sure if they’re available over here in Australia. Do they taste like a tomato? Can’t wait to try this (hopefully I can track down the tomatillos!) xx
Thanks for the compliment! I’m not sure whether or not you’d be able to find them in Australia, but it wouldn’t hurt to look! They are a cousin of a tomato but have a very different flavor – they are a bit tangy, almost sour unless you roast them. Very similar texture, though 🙂