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Chili Verde Recipe - what is a good substitute for pork


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Chili Verde Recipe - what is a good substitute for pork

lenchik | Sep 14, 2011 09:09 AM

I found an easy crock pot recipe for chili verde where the main ingredients are polenta and pork. The recipe calls for 1 lb of pork tenderloin chopped into 1 inch chunks. I was wondering whether anyone can recommend a substitution for the pork. Full recipe below just in case:
1 medium poblano chile
1 Tbsp canola oil, or 1 1/2 tsp each canola and olive oil
1 small onion(s), diced (about 1 cup)
1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced (or to taste)
1 medium zucchini, trimmed and diced
1 pound(s) lean pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup(s) chopped tomatillos, about 3 small husked tomatillos
1/2 tsp Durkee ground cumin, or ther brand
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, or 1/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth
8 1/2 oz polenta, use half of a 17 oz prepared polenta log

Place poblano chile over open flame of stovetop and roast until browned all over, turning with metal tongs, about 5 minutes total. (Note: If you have an electric range, broil chile, turning every few minutes, until browned.) Place chile in a resealable plastic bag; close and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic and zucchini; sauté over high heat, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon vegetables into a 3- to 5-quart slow cooker; add pork and tomatillos.

Remove chile from bag and hold chile under running water; scrape off skin with fingers. Chop chile and add to slow cooker; add cumin, cayenne or chile powder, oregano, salt, pepper and broth. Cover and cook stew on low for 6 to 7 hours.

Cut polenta into small pieces; place in a microwave-safe serving bowl. Microwave on HIGH until polenta is hot and tender, about 2 minutes. Mash polenta and then beat with a spoon to a fluffy consistency. Spoon stew over polenta and serve. Yields about 1 cup of chili and 1/4 of polenta per serving


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