Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Here it is again...Easy Green Chile with BONUS Tortilla Recipe

Pork Green Chile
1 large onion chopped
4-6 cloves garlic minced or crushed
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 lbs lean pork cut into bite sized pieces
salt and pepper (do not add too much)

Add above ingredients to a large pot and cook until golden brown

1 large can of diced tomatoes with juice
6 diced green chiles (adjust to desired heat)
6 cups water
chicken bullion cubes (enough for 6 cups broth)

Add to pot. Bring to boil, cover and set on medium low heat for 45 minutes. Then add a mixture of flour and water to thicken to desired consistency. Return to heat for 15 minutes or until thickened.

While you are waiting for 45 minutes to pass why not whip up some homemade tortillas.

Flour Tortillas
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix together well.

3 Tbsp oil  
OR 3 Tbsp & 1/2 tsp of lard 
(if using wheat flour increase amount of oil/lard used by 1 Tbsp)

Mix thoroughly into flour mixture by hand. Add 1 cup VERY hot water. With care mix with your hands until dough forms and knead for a few minutes. Cover and let dough set for 5-10 minutes. While this is setting you can warm up your skillet or pan on medium heat. You will have to adjust the heat setting based on your own cook top. Things that you might want to consider: is your burner large or small? how hot will you pan get if left on the burner for the duration of rolling and cooking each tortilla? Personally I always end up turning the temp down when I get into cooking the tortillas. 

Now that your pan is warm and your dough is set you can divide it up into little balls. You make them the size that your prefer. Something to think about is the size of your pan. Now you are ready to roll out your tortillas. Cover the balls of dough your are not using. And while you are learning just focus on rolling one at a time and cooking one at a time. I remember watching my grandma while she made tortillas. It was impressive! She used all 4 burners and rolled out her tortillas perfectly round. But that was after 40+ years of making them. :)

When do I decide to flip the tortilla?...well that is for you to decide. Some like their tortillas with little brown specks, while others prefer theirs a little less cooked. If you mess up...the burned ones will taste alright with cinnamon, butter, & sugar. 

These two recipes go together like peanut butter and jelly. Once you make your own fresh tortillas it is hard to go back to anything store bought! People will give you compliments on your delicious green chile & tortillas...and you can take all the credit :)


1 comment:

  1. This sounds so delicious! I'm definitely going to make this soon! Thanks :-)