Slow Cooker Guisado Verde Recipe -
Slow Cooker Guisado Verde Recipe
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Slow Cooker Guisado Verde

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"An easy tomatillo and pork stew that is my boyfriend's favorite. Make it as spicy as you like by adding more or less jalapenos, or do not add any if you have a more tender palate."

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Original recipe makes 4 Servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    7 hrs 15 mins

    7 hrs 30 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the pork on all sides. Reserving the juices in the skillet, transfer the pork to a slow cooker.
  2. In the skillet with the pork juices over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic about 1 minute. Transfer to the slow cooker, along with skillet juices.
  3. Mix the tomatillos, green chile peppers, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro into the slow cooker. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour in 1 quart water, or enough to cover all ingredients. Cover, and cook on High for 6 to 7 hours.
  4. Shred the cooked pork with a fork. Spoon the slow cooker mixture into bowls, and top with Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and fresh cilantro sprigs to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 13, 2006

Mmmm. So good. I simplified this recipe by substituting 2 jars of Herdez salsa verde for the tomatillos and chiles and doubled up on the garlic because I LOVE garlic. I also substituted Dos Equis beer for the water. This was killer. So delicious and so easy. It would make an excellent base for a green pork chilli if you wanted to add a couple of cans of white beans as well. Hominy would be a fun addition too. I will make this again and again. Mmmmmm. Also, a note, if you can acquire Mexican oregano, your tastebuds will thank you. It has an amazing earthy flavour that you just can't replicate with anything else.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 17, 2012

Not what I call a real mexican recipe as my wife is Mexican and we call this dich chili verde(green chili sauce) but we only use fresh tomotillos,Anihym chilis and jalapenos or serrano chilli's which are simmered in chicken stock for about 1 hour only the stems are removed from the chili's then they are run through the blender using some of the stock poured over the browned meat (cubed)and allowed to simmer we make large batches so you need about 4 lbs of tomotillos,8 to 10 of each type chili (we like it spicy)simmer for a couple hours serve with Mexican rice and flour or corn tortillas enjoy!

Sep 15, 2010

TOP NOTCH! WHAT A TREAT! My husband brought home a cheap, fatty pork shoulder roast instead the pork tenderloin I had requested for a stir-fry I had planned to make. I smiled, and said "Thanks Sweetie", while I wondered what to do with such an awful-looking cut of meat. Not only was this recipe perfect for the fatty pork shoulder I had, it was so delicious and tender! The fat seemed to have melted into the dish as there was nothing to cut away. Mine was cooked in three hours (not six to seven as stated in the recipe). This may be because I halved the recipe and cut the roast in half to reduce the height of the roast so that it would be covered with half the amount of water. By chance, more of the surface area of the roast was browned this way as well. I used fresh tomatillos (not canned), and fresh chilies (not canned) and added the fresh cilantro half an hour before serving (not during the cooking time) to keep it fresh. I will definitely make this recipe again. UPDATE: IT LOST THE "WOW" FACTOR THE SECOND TIME I MADE IT. The second time I used pork tenderloin (not pork shoulder), made the full amount (not half) and had to cook it overnight when it wasn't done in 6 hours as I had to go to bed (half the amount took 3 hours last time). I would definitely use pork shoulder and BE CAREFUL not to over cook it even in a slow cooker. What I made this time is okay, but not especially delicious. The meat is dry, and the seasonings are "tired".

Nov 14, 2005

Fantastic! I used a 32oz. jar of tomatillo salsa to replace the tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeno and chiles. It had everything in it. I also replaced the water with chicken stock. During dinner my husband kept coming up with more ways we could use this pork. We ate it like soup, we had it wrapped in tortillas and next I will use it to make enchiladas! Yummy :)

Jul 05, 2005

Excellent. I used fresh tomatillos instead of canned, pork tenderloin instead of shoulder, and chicken broth instead of water. The meat was very tender, and had a great flavor. I strained some of the water out of the sauce, and added it back to the slow cooker with the shredded pork. We spooned it into warm tortillas and topped it with avocado, cheese and sour cream. DELICIOUS!!

Jan 30, 2006

This dish was excellent. However, you MUST take the advice of others and use chicken broth instead of water for added flavor. I also used pork loin instead of pork shoulder. The recipe came out excellent. My husband and I made tacos with the meat the first night, using corn tortillas and the same toppings as called for in the recipe, and had it as a stew the following night. My husband was apprehensive at first, but ended up loving it! He even called me the next day from work to get the name of the recipe because he was telling all of his co-workers how good it was.

Mar 04, 2005

This is great! I used chicken broth in place of the water and maybe only a 1/2 tsp. dried Cilantro because I don't care that much for it. I also used pork loin instead of pork shoulder because it is what I had. It turned out awesome and quite spicy which I love! Thanks for the great recipe.

Jun 07, 2012

Excellent. A little on the hot side for us, but still excellent. I used boneless country style ribs and cut them into chunks before I browned them. I used less jalapeno than called for (last year’s harvest, which I froze, were HOT), and rounded everything out with some salsa verde in addition to the tomatillos and green chilies. I found it unnecessary to add any water. I served this over Mamacita’s Mexican Rice along with some sour cream and guacamole, and Skillet Summer Squash, both recipes also from this site.


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  • Calories
  • 553 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.7 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 122 mg
  • 41%
  • Fat
  • 36.9 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 8.5 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 37.3 g
  • 75%
  • Sodium
  • 1442 mg
  • 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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