2008 -Gambler's Chili

byLauren Ray


The Queen of Chili Verde for 2008 was Lauren Ray from Livonia, Michigan. Lauren assisted her husband Gary until 1998, when she began cooking on her own. Looks like she made the right move!


2 lbs. pork tenderloin cut in small cubes
1 cup onion – medium chopped
14 oz. chicken broth (Swanson)
10 oz green salsa (canned or bottled)
20 oz. canned whole green chiles – seeded and chopped

Spice Mix Ingredients:
3 tsp garlic (minced or mashed)
2 1/2 Tbsp chicken base
1 tsp celery salt
1 Tbsp flour
2 tsp oregano
1 Tbsp cumin
3 Tbsp jalapeno pepper - diced
1 Tbsp dried cilantro (Pendries powder or 3 Tbsp fresh finely chopped)
1 Tbsp green chili powder
Tabasco (green)


Brown pork and drain

Add onion & broth Simmer 1 hour - stir often to avoid sticking

Add spice mix ingredients and 10 oz of green chili salsa

Simmer 1 hour

Add 20 oz. chopped green chiles Salt to taste

Add dash of green Tabasco

Continue to simmer for another hour