Pork and Tomatillo Stew


2 Tbs. canola oil
1 boneless pork loin, about 1 1/2 lb, cut into 2-inch chunks
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. mild chili powder
1 Tbs. ground cumin
Pinch of dried oregano
1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups (14 fl. oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
3/4 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
1 can (28 oz. diced tomatoes, thoroughly drained
1 lb. (500 g) tomatillos, husked, rinsed and cut into 1-inch dice
Hot-pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
Corn tortilla chips for serving


Place a Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot over high heat and add the oil. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper. Add to the pot and sear on all sides until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Add the onion, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 7 minutes.

Add the jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and the 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add the flour, stir to make a paste and cook for 1 minute more. Whisk in the broth and bring to a simmer. Add the carrot, potatoes, tomatoes and tomatillos. Cover partially, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the pork is very tender, about 45 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to a plate. Increase the heat to medium-high and continue to simmer the stew until thickened, about 10 minutes. Shred the pork with 2 forks. Return the pork to the stew and season with salt, pepper and hot sauce.

Ladle the stew into bowls, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately with tortilla chips. Serves 4

The ingredients are cut into bite-size pieces so that the distinctive flavors of the vegetables — tomatillos, tomatoes and carrots — shine through. When serving cheese aficionados, sprinkle each bowl with shredded pepper jack