Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sweet Potato and Pork Green Chile Stew

Sweet Potato and Pork Green Chile Stew recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Over the years, I've made Green Chile Stew with many different kinds of meat: pork, ground beef, steak, chicken. This version is made with tender chunks of pork and it is my favorite. Packed with green chile and filled with chunks of potatoes, this is a simple winter meal that our entire family enjoys. There is more flavor from all of the chiles than there is heat. My youngest son (21 months) loves this and ate a full size serving.

I decided to try making it with sweet potatoes this past week and my husband and brother loved this version, while I prefer the traditional version made with yellow or russet potatoes. This was a delicious soup and I did like it with the sweet potatoes. I am sharing both versions with you today. If you really love sweet potatoes, you will love this soup. If you prefer the more traditional version, simply use standard potatoes instead. Either way you make it, this soup is fantastic. 

Sweet Potato and Pork Green Chile Stew

1 lb lean pork stew meat – chopped into ½” pieces
¼ cup arrowroot powder or flour
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ yellow onion, chopped into 1/2 “ pieces
3 large cloves garlic, minced
7 oz can green chiles, chopped small
28 oz can salsa verde or green chile sauce
3 cups chicken stock
½ teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
2 white sweet potatoes (not jewel yams) OR 4 medium golden potatoes, peeled and diced small (approx. 4 cups of diced potatoes)

Combine the pork, arrowroot, pepper and garlic powder in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Shake to coat thoroughly and then set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and onion and sauté until translucent, approximately 2-3 minutes.

Add the dusted pork and cook until browned, approximately 5 minutes. Add the chiles, salsa verde, stock and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes.

Add the potatoes and raise heat to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes. 



  1. Mary this looks great. I am always looking for new soups/stews. That is awesome that your youngest son ate this! I don't think my Toddler would eat it . . . but I can always try :)

  2. Happy New Year, Mary! Love this stew - very different and comforting. I love green chilies.

  3. Welcome back, Mary! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and new year!!

    I've never had sweet potatoes in my chili before.. it does sound interesting. Hearty and warm and comforting - what more can you ask for??

  4. Well welcome back to you!! Happy New Year!

    As always, this sounds wonderful

  5. This looks amazing - so good to have you back! Happy new year to you and your family :)

  6. Welcome back and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  7. I didn't know white sweet potatoes existed, so much more to discover and taste. Regular potato gets a bit sweet if you store it in the refrigerator but I guess thats not the one you are talking about here

  8. This is screaming "LAMB" for me. Can't wait to try it out.

  9. Hello Mary, happy New Year!!!
    Welcome back, your stew is delicius

  10. Happy New Year, Mary! Stew is a perfect way to welcome January!

  11. That sounds simply gorgeous! Back home, my mum used to buy a mix of orange and white sweet potatoes and just steam them simply. Apparently, the white ones are sweeter, but i always went for the orange ones because they look prettier (: I've missed coming to your blog, great to see such a yummy recipe on my long overdue visit!

  12. Hey look who's back! Hopefully you enjoyed your break and are ready to start 2012 blogging full force. Happy New Year!

  13. Happy 2012, Mary!

    This stew looks very delicious and it is a wholesome and comforting dish to kick start a new year.

  14. Oh, wow. This stew sounds absolutely delicious!

  15. I love this stew, it sounds delicious. Happy New Year, I hope you had a nice break.