Spicy Salsa Verde Pork

Pork in green salsa is a traditional dish in Mexico. Commonly served with rice and beans, this version has added heat thanks to the Arbol chillies. You can use this dish as a filler for tacos or burritos too! An easy but full of flavour recipe that makes us feel right at home!


Spicy Salsa Verde

-1 tin of Tomatillos  (790g), drained

-½ small white onion

-2 garlic cloves

-3 to 5 de Arbol chillies

-1 jalapeno 

-handful coriander


-½ cup of water

-vegetable oil

1 Heat a little bit of oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno and Arbol chillies. Fry on all sides, moving constantly. Remove the garlic and the Arbol chillies as soon as they start to turn golden brown. 

2 Transfer everything to a blender and mix with the tomatillos, coriander and about 1 teaspoon of salt. Blend everything together and reserve. 


  • Arbol chillies are hot! You can skip them completely or add less to your salsa. 
  • On its own, this is a delicious salsa that goes with and over everything or as in this case, can be used as a  beautiful sauce to cook with. 


Salsa Verde Pork 

-1kg pork ribs or pork shoulder

-spicy salsa verde

-⅓ white onion

-1 garlic clove

-5 peppercorns

-2 bay leaves

-salt and pepper

-2 cups of water

-vegetable oil

1 Cut the pork into even pieces and season with a bit of salt and pepper. 

2 In a large pan, heat about a tablespoon of oil on medium-high heat and sear the pork pieces on all sides. Once golden-brown, add the water, garlic, onion, peppercorns and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and remove all the scum with a spoon. Bring the heat down, cover and cook for 45 minutes up to 1 hour or until the pork is tender. 

3 Once the pork is cooked, remove the water, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic and onion. You can leave the pork pieces as they are or you can pull it apart. 

4 Add the spicy salsa verde and mix with the pork. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes and adjust seasoning to taste. 




To Serve

-Pinto beans

-Corn tortillas

-Cascabel salsa, recipe here 

1 Warm the pinto beans and tortillas. Add beans and pork to a tortilla and top up with cascabel salsa. You can garnish with diced onions and fresh coriander too.

2 You can also have it in a bowl with warm corn tortillas on the side, just the way we do it back home!

3 Some people have this dish with Mexican red rice and beans too! 




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