Pork Enchilada

Posted by Jan 10/26/2020 0 Comment(s) Riverway Mike's Saturday Recipes on the BGE,

Pork Enchilada Verde Casserole

Ingredients for the poblano salsa verde:

  • 3 poblano chiles
  • 2 jalapeño chiles
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Wassis classic steak rub

Ingredients for the casserole:

  • 2 pounds pork butt, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Wassis classic steak rub
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 1/2 cups 12 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 medium red onion, about 1/4 cup, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving


  1. To make the poblano salsa verde place the poblano chiles, jalapeños, tomatillos, and garlic on the hot Egg.
  2. Continue to roast the chiles and tomatillos for 5 to 7 minutes or until they are nicely charred. Place the tomatillos in the blender, and put the chiles into a paper sack or plastic food-storage bag, close it tight and let the chiles steam for 20 minutes.
  3. After the chiles have steamed, remove from the bag and rub off the skin. Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles and add them to the blender, along with the cilantro. Blend until smooth. You should have about 3 cups of salsa. Stir in the salt, taste and add more salt if you like,add water or broth if too dry.
  4. Meanwhile, to cook the pork, place it in a Dutch oven and barely cover with water. Add the garlic, lime juice, and salt, bring the pot to a boil, and then turn the heat down to low and simmer uncovered for 2-2 1/2 hours or until the meat is fork tender.
  5. Once the meat is done, remove it from the pot and place into a wide mixing-bowl. With 2 forks, shred the meat and stir in 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid (reserving the rest for another use, if you like) and 1/4 cup of the poblano salsa verde. Taste and add salt if needed. (Both the pork and salsa verde can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated for 3 days.)
  6. To make the casserole, preheat the Egg indirect to 375°F.
  7. In a skillet, heat up the vegetable oil on low heat. One at a time, heat up the tortillas in the skilet until soft and pliant. After cooking, wrap in a cloth to keep warm. (It’s fine if you want to skip this step but note that the tortillas may get super soggy when they bake.)
  8. To assemble the casserole, ladle 1/2 cup of the poblano salsa verde into a 9-inch square pan or a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Place 4 of the tortillas in the pan, tearing in pieces to fill in any gaps.
  9. Evenly top the tortillas with half the pork, 1/2 cup of shredded Monterey Jack, half the diced red onions, half the chopped cilantro, and 1/2 cup of the salsa. Top that layer with 4 more tortillas and then add the rest of the pork, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the rest of the onions, cilantro, and 1/2 cup of the salsa.
  10. For the final layer, top with the remaining 4 tortillas. Evenly pour over them the rest of the salsa and then top evenly with the rest of the cheese.
  11. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until the casserole is lightly browned and bubbling. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm topped with sour cream and cilantro.