Recipes from Guatemala: Pork Jocon (Pork in Tomatillo Sauce)

Recipes from Guatemala

Pork Jocon

Country: Guatemala
Course: Main
Makes: about 4 servings


  • 1 pound pork
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tomato, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 green onion stalks
  • 20 tomatillos
  • 4 sprigs of cilantro
  • 2 green chilies (if you want it spicy)
  • 1 oz margarine
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  1. Place the pork in a pot with the onion, tomato and one of the garlic cloves. Add 1 tsp of the salt and cover everything with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the pork reads 145 degrees with an internal meat thermometer. Remove the meat from the pot, reserving the broth. Let cool and then cut up into bite sized pieces.
  2. Place the green onions, tomatillos, cilantro, the remaining garlic cloves and the chili peppers into a food processor with about two cups of the broth. Blend well, then strain off some of the liquid.
  3. Melt the margarine in a large saucepan and then add the tomatillo mixture. Season with salt and pepper and then add the bread crumbs to thicken. Add the pork to the pot and then bring just to a boil. Serve hot.