Since I cook about almost all of my meals, I have been finding ways to create semi homemade meals to help me save on time. While I enjoy making meals from scratch, making semi homemade food isn’t cheating, it’s making more time to do something else. Semi homemade cooking means that I use already pre-made items and incorporate ways to put in minimal work to pick it up a notch. I have to be extra particular about the products that I buy and research the labels/ ingredients, ensuring that it’s not too processed and relatively healthy. Overall, I have been very pleased by the brand, Del Real Foods which I find at Costco. It’s National Hispanic American Heritage month, and I got into the mood to make Chile Verde. Chile Verde is a slow roasted pork stew using boiled or roasted green tomatillos, salt, pepper, onions, garlic and cumin. I’ve made it from scratch before and in another post, I will post that recipe.
This was such a hit and nobody knew that it was semi homemade. This chile verde is definitely something I will stock up on for those last minute gatherings. While the box instructions say you can simply microwave and serve it, with a little bit of effort, this dish becomes so very delicious. It’s is very easy to make and tastes authentic, and goes well with tortillas, a salad, taco, rice, or vegetables. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Buen Provecho.
- 2-3 T of Avocado Oil (you can use whatever oil you prefer)
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 Medium Brown Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 T of ground cumin
- 1 pack of Del Real Foods Chile Verde (found at Costco)
- half of an avocado, sliced and/ or salsa (if you prefer)
- In a saute pan or sauce pan, add oil on medium heat
- Add garlic
- Add onions, once browned, bring the heat to low and allow them to caramelize
- Add cumin and mix it with the onions
- Cut open the meat pack and add it in, bring to a boil
- Once at a boil, set the temperature to low, allow to simmer.
I prefer my chile verde to be more on the dry side (more like a carnita) with less sauce. If you prefer yours to be more of a stew, just don’t simmer it too long and serve soon. Have it alone or add sides to it. I wanted a high protein breakfast and had it with scrambled eggs and added avocado to it.
*When using pre-made ingredients, I don’t add salt because the pre-made packages tend to already come with higher sodium than I use.