Easy Chile Verde Recipe

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This is my first post on NewMexicanFoodie.com, so I thought I would share the first New Mexican dish I ever made – an easy chile verde recipe!

My mom taught me how to make this dish when I was 17 years old.  It was the first meal I ever cooked for a boyfriend from scratch, even though, I did put way too many green chilies in it, which made both of our sinuses run (talk about a fun date!). Since then, I have recreated this dish too many times to count.  I have made a few modifications along the way and it is now one of my favorite dishes.

how to make chile verde

Chile verde is kind of a legendary dish in New Mexico.  If there are 2 things that I could say New Mexico is famous for, it is Breaking Bad and green chile.  This dish highlights the distinct flavor and subtle heat of the green chile.

Easy Chile Verde Recipe

The easy chile verde recipe I am sharing is a pork chile verde recipe, although I have had chile verde with chicken before.  I tend to prefer pork for this dish. I make a couple variations with it – sometimes using marinated pork loin, other ties using boneless pork chops.  For this recipe, I am using ground pork.

chile verde

I also add in a homemade chicken broth, fresh onions and garlic, diced potatoes, and of course the green chilies.  The green chilies I use are mild, and I puree them in a blender with a little water or chicken broth, to add a beautiful color and flavor to this easy chile verde recipe.

chile verde from scratch

I recommend serving your chile verde with a fresh flour tortilla, warmed on a griddle until they’re just the slightest bit crispy.  You can tear off pieces of your tortilla and dunk them in your spicy

You can find another version of this chile verde on my other blog, Homemadeforelle. Check out my other mexican food recipes while you’re there 🙂


Easy Chile Verde Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Easy Chile Verde Recipe


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup green chile, pureed
  • 4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook ground pork in a large skillet until no longer pink. Set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to skillet and warm over medium-high heat. Add in onions and saute for 8 - 10 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add in garlic, saute another minute, then add in cooked pork, chicken broth, green chilies, potatoes, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 - 30 minutes, or until potatoes are softened.
  3. Serve with a warm flour tortilla
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  1. Susan | 30th Dec 15

    My mouth is watering just looking at the photos of your Chile Verde. I can’t wait to try making it myself. And I’m looking forward to more of your New Mexican recipes.

    • newmexicanfoodie@gmail.com | 31st Dec 15

      Thank you, Susan! You’re my first comment on my first post — you rock!! 🙂

  2. Vicki | 11th Jul 16

    Just found this site. I love the chile verde

    • newmexicanfoodie@gmail.com | 6th Nov 16

      I’m so glad, Vicki! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

  3. laurie langley | 11th Jul 16

    What kind of potatoes? I have some red skinned potatoes. Are those ok? Trying to not go to the store today!

    • newmexicanfoodie@gmail.com | 6th Nov 16

      Yes – red potatoes will do fine!

  4. yuganskneftegaz-terminal.ru | 7th Aug 17

    A 74 year old So Cal gringo, for whom Mexican food hasbeen a lifetime staple, this chili verde is awesome.

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