Healthy Meal Prep
Purslane Pork Stew Recipe

Purslane Pork Stew


Purslane, known as verdolagas in Mexican cooking, is a nutritious leafy vegetable that amps up this comforting pork stew with tomatillos, cilantro, and serrano peppers.


  • 2 pounds pork ribs, cut into 2-inch sections
  • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 6 tomatillos, husked and quartered
  • 2 serrano chile peppers
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • water to cover
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 bunches purslane


  1. Combine pork ribs, pork shoulder, water, and salt in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Uncover and increase heat to medium-high. Continue cooking and stirring constantly until all liquid has evaporated and pork has browned, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Combine onion, tomatillos, serrano peppers, and cilantro in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until tomatillos are tender and have changed color, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer vegetable mixture to a blender; add garlic and and blend carefully until sauce is smooth.
  3. Pour sauce into the Dutch oven, season stew with salt and pepper, and simmer for 1 hour. Add purslane and simmer until pork is tender and purslane is soft, about 20 minutes more.

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Nutritional Information

Purslane Pork Stew

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 289
% Daily Value *
protein: 44 %
carbohydrates: 2 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 4 %
fat: 30 %
saturated fat: 36 %
cholesterol: 28 %
vitamin a iu: 7 %
niacin equivalents: 70 %
vitamin b6: 22 %
vitamin c: 16 %
folate: 3 %
calcium: 5 %
iron: 10 %
magnesium: 13 %
potassium: 13 %
sodium: 10 %
thiamin: 43 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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