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Chili Verde with Sausage and Pumpkin


Level: Easy


Yield: 4 servings


Total: 50 min


Active: 20 min


Ingredients


For the tomatillo salsa:


1 1/2 pounds tomatillos (6 to 8 medium)


5 serrano or 10 jalapeno peppers, stemmed (plus seeds, if you can take the heat)


3 cloves garlic, peeled


1 large white onion, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Kosher salt


1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Freshly ground black pepper


For the chili:


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped


1 pound sausage meat (mild or hot)


1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican), crumbled


3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped


1 15-ounce can hominy


1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping


2 cups chopped peeled sugar pumpkin or butternut squash (about 8 ounces)


Kosher salt


Thinly sliced serrano or jalapeno peppers, for topping

Directions


Make the tomatillo salsa: Preheat the broiler. Remove the husks from the tomatillos, then rinse the tomatillos under warm water to remove any stickiness. Dry with a paper towel. Put the tomatillos, chiles, garlic and sliced onion on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle on 2 teaspoons or so of salt. Broil a few inches from the heat, turning everything once, until the tomatillos are softened and slightly charred, about 7 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.


Transfer the broiled vegetables to a blender; add the cilantro and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.


Make the chili: Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until just translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until browned, about 10 minutes.


Spoon out and discard the excess fat, leaving 1 to 2 tablespoons in the pot. Stir in the oregano and garlic and cook, stirring, about 3 more minutes.


Stir in the tomatillo salsa, hominy (including the liquid), cilantro and pumpkin. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, covered, until the pumpkin is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Taste and season with salt, if necessary. Top with cilantro and chiles.

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