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Chili Verde

Chili Verde 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Weeknight Vegetarian Dec 11, 2013

This meatless take on New Mexican pork chili uses hominy, two kinds of potatoes, two forms of chilies and beans for a hearty, warming stew with tons of flavor and texture.

Make Ahead: The chili can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.


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Tested size: 6 servings; 9 cups

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large poblano chile peppers; 1 seeded and diced, 1 seeded and cut into 4 equal strips
  • 8 ounces sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 large tomatillos, husked, rinsed, cored and chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, smashed, then chopped
  • 1 can (7 ounces) mild diced green chiles (may substitute hot chilies)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup no-salt-added vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (30 ounces total) hominy, with juices
  • 1 can (14 or 15 ounces) no-salt-added white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

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Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the poblanos (diced and strips), the sweet potato and Yukon Gold potato, onion, tomatillos and garlic, stirring to coat. Cover and cook until the onion is tender, about 8 minutes.

Spoon the diced green chilies into a mini-food processor or blender, along with the 4 poblano strips from the pot. Puree until smooth, then pour into the pot.

Stir in the flour, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper, then add the broth, the hominy and juices and the beans, stirring to incorporate. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook until the potatoes are tender and the chili has thickened, 10 to 20 minutes. Taste, and add salt as needed.

Serve hot.

Recipe Source

Adapted from "Giada's Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets," by Giada De Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter, 2013).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 300

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 7g 11%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 800mg 33%

Total Carbohydrates: 53g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 10g 40%

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 8g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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