It’s 47 degrees outside, football is in full swing and it’s high time I figured out a real deal Texas chili recipe. Spoiler alert: I used tomatoes. Yeah, I did. And I used ground beef, albeit coarse ground aka chili grind from a butcher shop called Longhorn Meats. No beans though, and that deep hue of red was from making my own chili powder. I even have two versions for you and my inspiration came from an award winning recipe from the Terlingua International Chili Championship.
I told you it was real deal.
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It’s a hearty, comforting Mexican icon. Superb in tacos, burritos, over rice or even just in a damn bowl, Pork Chile Verde is a staple on both sides of the border. Thanks to one of Food & Wine’s Best of the Best cookbooks from years back, I stumbled upon a Rick Bayless version where chunks of pork shoulder are braised slowly in an oven along with tomatillos, cilantro and pickled jalapeños. Despite countless versions of Pork Chile Verde out there, I have yet to steer from this one. And my cookbook has the stains to prove it.
Here is how you make it.
2.5 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1.5″ cubes
1 pound tomatillos(husks removed)
3-4 cloves of garlic
3-4 pickled jalapeños, stems removed and seeds removed if you want less heat(def. leave at least half in!)
1/2 cup of cilantro, rinsed and divided
2 cans of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of salt + more to taste
sugar to taste
Dutch Oven/ Enameled Cast Iron oven
Blender or Immersion Blender
15 minutes of prep, cooking time 3.5 hours(3 hours inactive)
Let’s face it, we have been cooking a lot. So much so, that coming up with my Top 3 Quarantine Cooking Hacks was pretty much a no brainer. These are a few of many, but certainly reflect on some of my fav hacks for recipes that have become weekly staples at Casa Khan.
So in no particular order, let’s get into it . . .
It has been a minute since I have been at the kitchen, or should I say the grill? After three weeks of road tripping I found myself longing to experiment with takeout comfort foods at home. Which found me wanting cross this one off the bucket list: Seekh Kabob.
Thanks to the internet and a global pandemic, I really had no excuse not to figure this one out. Added bonus: I made my very first chutney. Spoiler alert: it’s as easy as making salsa
I wish Argentina was a little closer. Their style of barbecue, asado, has long been the blueprint of many backyard bbqs at Casa Khan. For years I relied on the food processor and red wine vinegar for my benchmark chimichurri recipe. Then one fine day I found myself without red wine vinegar and too lazy to pull out the food processor. I turned to plain old white vinegar and my chef’s knife. The result was a more balanced chimichurri recipe with better texture.
I realize comparing American BBQ sauce to chimichurri is apples to oranges but man do I reach for it so much more often when it comes to my grilling adventures. The next time you are cooking up steak and sausages, try this recipe out. Maybe even for 4th of since it’s around the corner
This is it. The reason I tell people to buy an Instant Pot: the butter chicken recipe from famed Instant Pot Food Blogger Urvashi Pitre who literally is called “the butter chicken lady”. The first time I tried this I told my wife we aren’t ordering Indian takeout anymore.