In this healthy Mexican-inspired tomatillo and pork chili recipe, poblano peppers, chipotle chiles and oregano add spice without adding too much heat. To keep the saturated fat low, we use one pound of ground pork and add whole-grain bulgur to boost the volume and fiber in this chili recipe. After all the ingredients are added to the pot, we like to slowly simmer our chili for close to an hour to develop the best flavor, but if you're in a hurry, reduce the liquid by half and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2013


Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground pork, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Add tomatillos and poblanos and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are starting to soften, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add bulgur, chipotles, oregano, cumin and salt and cook, stirring, until aromatic, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

  • Stir in tomatoes, hominy and beans.

  • Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced and thickened and the bulgur is tender, about 50 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Depending on your supermarket, it might be hard to find a lean option for ground pork, but it's easy to make your own in a food processor. Choose a lean cut, such as loin or tenderloin, and trim any excess fat. Cut into pieces and then pulse in a food processor until uniformly ground (being careful not to overprocess, turning the meat into mush). Or ask your butcher to grind it for you. Using lean pork instead of regular ground pork saves up to 164 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat per 3 ounces of cooked meat.

Tomatillos are tart, plum-size fruits that look like small, husk-covered green tomatoes. Find them in the produce section near the tomatoes. Remove outer husks and rinse well before using.

Chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful, spicy sauce. Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets. Once opened, they'll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.

Hominy is made from white or yellow corn kernels that have been dried, degermed and hulled. You can find canned hominy in the Latin section of many supermarkets, Latin markets and specialty stores.

Nutrition Facts

348 calories; protein 23.9g 48% DV; carbohydrates 36.9g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 9.3g 37% DV; sugars 7.4g; fat 13.3g 20% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; cholesterol 43.9mg 15% DV; vitamin a iu 499.9IU 10% DV; vitamin c 40.8mg 68% DV; folate 61.9mcg 16% DV; calcium 108.5mg 11% DV; iron 3.9mg 21% DV; magnesium 83.9mg 30% DV; potassium 902.8mg 25% DV; sodium 812.4mg 33% DV; thiamin 0.5mg 53% DV.

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Love it! I've made this twice and it's a hit! I leave out the barley to aim for GF. When I make it again I'm considering serving it over rice. My boyfriend has used it as a taco filling too. Versatile and tasty! Pros: Can make ahead and freeze Read More