Preparation / Directions:
First, saute one onion and one green pepper, coarsely chopped,
with three or four cloves of garlic, minced, in olive oil. Throw
into the crockpot. Also throw in a small can of diced green
chiles. Depending on your propensity for spicy food, you may add
from one to three jalapenos, sliced.
Then, throw some tomatillos in the pot. How many? Well, when
I got fresh ones in San Diego, I'd get seven or eight. Peel off
the husk and coarsely chop. Now that I've moved to Pittsburgh
(don't ask me why), I've had to use canned ones on occasion. How
many? Well, I don't really remember, it was one medium-sized
can, I think. Pay attention: I mean tomatillos, not green
tomatoes. The Frugal Gourmet substituted celery and tomatoes. I
haven't forgiven him yet.
Take about 2 pounds of lean pork (I trim off all the excess fat
I can), cubed, and brown in the pan that you sauteed the onion,
etc. in. Into the pot. Now, the seasoning mixture. I prefer to
grind up in my mortar oregano, some dried red chile peppers,
sage, and cumin seed.
Perhaps also some black pepper. I almost never put salt in
anything, so I probably wouldn't here either, but you may want
to. How much? Well, about 2 tsp each of the oregano and the
sage. 1 tsp each of the cumin seed and dried red peppers. Salt
and pepper to taste. I probably will add a dash of beer (about
1/2 cup) for obscure reasons.
This crockpots all day, or could be simmered for probably about
Traditionally, this is served in bowls, with hot flour
tortillas, salsa, and cilantro. You can also have sour cream,
grated cheese, olives, and pickled carrots and jalapenos around.
Of course, you wrap all this up in the tortillas, making killer
I throw one twist into this, a technique that comes from
carnitas. After cooking, I separate the meat from the broth,
crisp the meat under the broiler, and reduce the sauce in the
pan. This adds a great texture to the meat, and keeps the
burritos from being too soggy. This is not what the original