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PORK ENCHILADAS VERDES

If there is one thing I’ve mastered over the years, it enchiladas. It’s probably one of my favorite meals on earth (not even exaggerating lol). I love a good plate of enchiladas. I’m from south Texas so enchiladas were something I grew up with a ate very often. One of my favorites orders growing up was enchiladas verdes. It was usually stuffed with chicken and smothered in a delicious salsa verde and white cheese. So simple, yet so much depth of flavor. I decided to do my own version, with pork!

To begin with, you slow cook the pork in a crock pot all day with a combination of Mexican spices and citrus juices. It’s honestly good enough as is. You could call it a meal just as is. The pork fat slowly melts like butter in the crock pot on low heat and the meat cooks all day in a juicy bath. It’s seriously so damn amazing I can’t even put it into words. It’s hard not to heat bite after bite of the pork and it sits there cooling. But try to refrain yourself, the enchiladas are worth it I promise!


Try this pork as:

Tacos

Quesadillas

Burritos

Nachos (we did this with the left over pork and was fantastic!)

Pork and eggs



PORK ENCHILADAS VERDES


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 9 hours or less

Total time: 9 hours

Serves: 9-12 enchiladas

Special tools: crock pot


INGREDIENTS for pork:

INGREDIENTS for salsa verde:

INGREDIENTS for enchiladas:


DIRECTIONS:

  1. FOR THE PORK: Place the pork butt your crock pot. Add spices and orange juice. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until fall apart tender. Separate (as best you can) the pork meat from the juices. Let cool. Discard juices.
  2. FOR THE SALSA VERDE: Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the tomatillos, onion and serrano chili on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt on top. Bake for about 20 minutes (or until very tender). Transfer from the baking sheet to a blender and blend till smooth, about 60 seconds. Add in lime juice and cilantro. Blend again till smooth. Set aside.
  3. FOR ASSEMBLY: Keep oven preheated to 425 degrees F. Put 2 cups pork, 1 cup pepper jack cheese and white onion in a bowl. Mix together till incorporated. Begin to assemble enchiladas by stuffing about 3 tbsp of the filling in a tortilla. Roll and place in a 8X12 baking dish. Repeat till dish is full. Pour salsa verde evenly on top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle on the remaining pepper jack cheese. Place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (or until cheese is melted and corners are bubbling.
  4. Let rest 5-10 minutes once out of the oven. Serve hot with avocado slices and cilantro.

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