Chili Verde

When you're shopping for fresh tomatillos, look for firm ones with tight-fitting, dry husks. Avoid shriveled or bruised tomatillos.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs to 7 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)

Chili Verde

Directions

  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 3/4-inch pieces. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook half of the meat in hot oil until brown; remove meat from skillet. Repeat with the remaining meat. Drain off fat.
  2. Transfer meat to a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in drained beans, tomatillos, onion, undrained chile peppers, garlic, cumin, and salt. Pour broth over mixture in cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
  4. Stir in spinach and lime juice. If desired, top each serving with sour cream and/or cilantro.

From the Test Kitchen

To use a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker:

Increase the meat to 2 pounds and brown in an extra-large skillet. Use two 15-ounce cans Great Northern beans or navy beans, 1 1/4 pounds fresh tomatillos or three 11-ounce cans tomatillos, 3/4 cup chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, two 14-ounce cans chicken broth, 2 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves, and 1 tablespoon lime juice. (Do not change the amounts of olive oil, green chile peppers, and salt.) Makes 8 servings. Nutrition Facts per serving for 5- to 6-quart slow cooker: 338 cal., 11 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 77 mg chol., 680 mg sodium, 29 g carbo., 6 g fiber, 32 g pro.

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Nutrition Facts (Chili Verde)

  • Per serving:
  • 300 kcal ,
  • 11 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 76 mg chol. ,
  • 606 mg sodium ,
  • 21 g carb. ,
  • 4 g fiber ,
  • 29 g pro.
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