Place the peppers and scored tomatillos on a sheet pan and roast at 500℉. Blacken skin and turn so that all sides are blackened. (Be sure to reserve the juices from the tomatillos)
Place foil over the baking sheet and let the peppers and tomatillos sweat until cool.
While peppers are cooling brown the pork shoulder. (See below)
While browning the pork shoulder work on removing the skin and seeds from the peppers and the core from the tomatillos. Make sure to reserve all the juices!
Trim and dice pork shoulder into knuckle sized pieces.
Use the trimmed pork fat for browning the meat. Do this by placing the trimmed fat into your dutch oven and cooking it over medium heat until some of the fat has rendered out. Remove the fat pieces and add in the pork shoulder.
Salt and pepper pork, and then brown pork on all sides on medium high heat.
Remove pork from dutch oven. Set aside.
Drain off the majority of the pork fat from the pan. Reserve a little for carmelizing the onion.
Reduce to medium heat. Add diced onion and a little salt. Caramelize onion. All the crunchy brown bits from the pan should incorporate nicely as the liquid from the onion acts as a deglazing agent. (Flavor Wow!)
The Magic Sauce
Add the peppers, tomatillos and reserved juice to the caramelized onions.
I use a stick blender here to puree everything. If you don't have a stick blender make sure to rough chop all the peppers before you add them back to the pot and squish the tomatillos well with your hands as you add them.
Add the browned pork.
Add the chicken stock. I add enough to cover the meat.
Give everything a big stir.
Add bay leave, garlic, cumin, and oregano.
Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to simmer for about 2 hours.
You will want to cook this until the pork is tender. If you need to reduce the sauce, raise the heat and cook with the lid off until you reach the desired consistency.
Add the fresh lime juice and minced cilantro.
Serve and Enjoy!
Serving SuggestionsChile Verde can be made with no meat at all, like a sauce that's a great addition to almost anything – my favorite is eggs.This can be eaten in a bowl, like chili with sour cream on top. But my favorite is serving it with rice and beans and tortillas. Recipe VariationsChile Verde Chicken. Substitute chicken breasts and or thighs for the pork in this recipe.Vegan Chile Verde. Make the chile verde sauce using vegetable broth. Skip the steps where you add any meat. Add diced extra firm tofu and simmer for about 20 minutes.How to just make the chile verde sauce. You don't need to add any protein to this recipe. Simply follow the directions for making the sauce. This green chili sauce is amazing on eggs.