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Black-Eyed Pea Chile Verde

Black-Eyed Pea Chile Verde

Smoked pork hocks don’t just add meatiness and body to this chile verde recipe; they release smoky, salty notes as they cook, seasoning the beans in the process.


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 large onions, 1 chopped, 1 quartered
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 cups black-eyed peas, soaked overnight
  • 3 poblano chiles, seeds removed
  • 4 serrano chiles, seeds removed, divided
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sour cream and sliced chives (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium. Sear ham hocks, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 6–8 minutes. Add chopped onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and beginning to brown around the edges, 8–10 minutes. Add coriander and cumin and cook, stirring, just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 6 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until hocks begin to soften, about 1 hour.

  • Add black-eyed peas to pot, cover, and cook, skimming foam from surface, until hocks and black-eyed peas are tender, about 1½ hours. Remove hocks; let cool. Pick meat from bone and shred; discard fat and bones. Return meat to pot.

  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. Toss quartered onion, poblano chiles, and half of serrano chiles and tomatillos on a rimmed baking sheet with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil; season lightly with salt. Roast, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned around the edges but still vibrantly colored, 15–20 minutes. Let cool.

  • Transfer chile mixture to a blender; add cilantro and remaining serrano chiles and tomatillos and purée until smooth.

  • Stir purée into bean mixture; season with salt and pepper. Serve chile verde topped with sour cream and chives.

  • Do Ahead: Chile verde can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 560 Fat (g) 15 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 87 Dietary Fiber (g) 22 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 26 Sodium (mg) 35Reviews SectionThis was delicious. Like another reviewer, mine resembled split pea soup in colour. The serranos added a really nice level of heat. We used canned beans and added them at the end which worked really well.AnonymousVancouver, Canada04/04/20It came out delicious and I would definitely make again. The only thing is it did not look anything like the photo. I was really looking forward to that bright vibrant green color. For some reason mine resembles split pea soup. Not sure what I did wrong. Any suggestions?AnonymousSan Clemente, CA02/27/20I really love this recipe!! I make it with Smoked Turkey and I’ll be making it for the New Year :)KisuraOakland, CA12/28/19

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