Mexican pork chili

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time150 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon toasted fennel seeds, ground
3 tablespoons ground cumin
Extra-virgin olive oil
15 whole tomatillos, husked
3 poblanos
2 white onions, quartered
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
2 limes, halved
1 big bunch fresh cilantro
1 quart low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup masa harina, to tighten it up
Chili bar toppings:
Crispy fried tortilla strips, fresh corn tortillas cut into strips and deep fried in vegetable oil
Mexican crema, store-bought with lime zest
Shaved radishes, radishes shaved vertically on a mandoline
Crumbled queso fresco
2 limes, each cut into 8 wedges

1) Preheat oven to 160 degrees C/Gas 3.

2) Season the pork shoulder with salt, pepper, fennel and cumin. Take a large roasting dish and place over medium-high heat. Add a 3-count of olive oil and sear pork shoulder all over until golden brown on the outside, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add vegetables, spreading out tomatillos, poblanos, onion, garlic and bay leaf around the seared pork shoulder. Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze lime juice all over and season with salt and pepper. Cover the whole tray with aluminium foil and roast in the oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until the pork is falling apart.

3) Remove from oven, set the pork aside and pull apart. Rake all the other ingredients into a blender (a bit at a time) with the bunch of fresh coriander and process until smooth.

4) Pour into a large Dutch oven. Set over medium heat and add chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and whisk in masa harina to thicken the sauce up. Fold in shredded pork shoulder and season with salt and pepper to finish.

5) Serve with chili bar toppings.

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