Pork Ribs in Mole Verde


Tomatillos, chiles, and plenty of garlic are featured in this mole verde recipe that's the perfect partner for the savory slow cooked pork ribs. Try this easy pork recipe when you're craving a taste of Mexico.

Pork Ribs in Mole Verde
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Slow Cook Time:
4 hrs
Broil Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 37 mins


  • 1 28 ounce can tomatillos

  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chiles

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 fresh serrano chile pepper, seeded and chopped*

  • 2 teaspoon honey

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 ½ pound pork loin back ribs

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. For mole verde, in a blender or food processor combine undrained tomatillos, diced green chiles, onion, serrano chile pepper, honey, garlic, coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

  2. Divide pork ribs into 2 portions; season with salt and pepper. Place ribs in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Pour mole verde over ribs.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  4. Preheat broiler. Remove ribs from the slow cooker. Place ribs meaty sides up on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until ribs are lightly browned. Keep warm.

  5. Skim fat from mole. Transfer mole to a medium saucepan. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes or until mole is slightly thickened. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Serve mole with ribs.


*Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

459 Calories
30g Fat
11g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 459
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 933mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 5.3mg 27%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 504mg 11%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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