Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cerdo en salsa verde (spicy green salsa pork stew)

It's leftover week at my house! Ever since the pizza flags we have an assorted variety of random dishes and dish components that need to be assembled like a jigsaw puzzle into something edible and hopefully even delicious!

Cue in the salsa verde, wild black rice, white rice and black beans. Beans and rice are a great side for almost any latin dish, so I decided to go for cerdo en salsa verde and use up all of these leftovers!

This dish is especially awesome because:
  • Bruno has been wanting it for a while
  • I get to use my crockpot for the first time!

So exciting, and so easy, check it out.

Cerdo en salsa verde
Servings: 2 (or 3, maybe even 4)

1 lb pork meat for stew, cut in chunks
1/2 tbsp all purpose seasoning (adobo)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp oil
2 cups green salsa (recipe here or you can use Herdez brand)
5 sprigs of cilantro
1 medium zucchini, cut into cubes
1 tbsp chicken bouillon powder

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Rub the all purpose seasoning into the meat very well. Add the garlic and pork meat to the skillet, cooking about 5 minutes to brown evenly.

Transfer the meat (garlic and all) to a slowcooker. Pour the green salsa over the meat, then add the zucchini, chicken bouillon powder and top with cilantro sprigs. Cook for 4 to 5 hours on high heat or 8 to 9 hours on low heat.

Go out and forget about this and come home to some seriously delicious smells! Pair it with rice and beans or corn tortillas and viola, a hearty homey meal.

If I cook this again I might not brown the meat in the skillet beforehand. I think it will cook just fine in the crockpot and it would have an even more melt-in-your-mouth consistency!

Bruno gives this meal a:

8.1 / 10

He said he could not ignore the unfamiliar consistency of the wild black rice... I on the other hand loved it!!


  1. slow cooked pork is carnitas right?? :) looks great!!

  2. Carnitas are also pork but they are cooked very differently and are not swimming in sauce... I'll make those someday too!

  3. The dish in this post is similar to what the menu at Rey Azteca calls carnitas. I would call it pork in green sauce or pork with zucchini.

    The thing about carnitas is that they cook the whole pork together (with no sauce, just spices) so that the flavours mix. Then you ask for a taco of whichever parts you want (leg, skin, loins, rib, ear, some of the stomach, or mixtures) put it in a soft corn tortilla (hopefully handmade) and put lime, whichever sauce you want and usually onion and cilantro on it. It's a completely different dish!!

    So if you are having carnitas you should see three things going on:

    1) A hot place with a lot of weird looking meats:


    2) A cutting board with a butcher knife:


    3) Hot sauces and slices of lime and probably a a plate with chopped cilantro and onion, (they have this in most places I've had carnitas [which happen to be a lot because I am a HUGE fan] but not everywhere)


    In the end your plate should look something like this:


    Unfortunately I think it will probably be very difficult to find in the Northeast (I've had some decent carnitas in Houston) or at least in central PA since we have very few Mexicans and I don't see Day coking a whole pork any time soon.

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