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Pork Poblano Stuffed Collard Greens w/ Creamy Avocado Sauce

Recipe adapted from 40Apron's Whole30 Enchiladas
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 8 collard green rolls


  • Mexican Pesto:
  • 1/2  cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4-6  cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 cup  fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds aka pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2  fresh jalapeño stemmed
  • Collard Green Rolls
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 large collard green leaves
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1-2  poblano peppers roasted, skinned, stemmed, deseeded, and chopped (I used 2 poblano peppers, use 1 if you like it less spicy)
  • cups  mushrooms diced
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 7 oz can salsa verde
  • pico de Gallo for garnish
  • toasted pepitas for garnish (optional - I toast mine in a splash of extra virgin olive oil in a small skillet on med heat, stirring often for 3-4 minutes)
  • Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 avocados peeled and pitted
  • heaping 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño stemmed
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • the juice from 1 small lime
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Prepare your collard green leaves. Carefully cut out the thick part of the collard green stem & discard. In a large deep skillet, bring a few inches of water to a boil. Add the collard green leaves, 1-2 at a time, and cook for about 1 minute each batch. Drain on a paper towels. Set aside.
  • In your food processor, combine all the ingredients for the Mexican pesto. Set aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet & heat on medium heat. Add the pork & diced onion. Season with salt & pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms & cook, stirring often, for another 6-10 minutes - or until the pork is cooked thru & the veggies are tender. Mix in the Mexican pesto & the chopped roasted poblano pepper. Stir & remove from the heat.
  • Stuff each collard green leaf with 1/2 cup of the pork filling & roll up like a burrito. Place in a 9x13 baking dish & pour the 7oz can of salsa verde over top. Cover with aluminum foil & cook for 20 minutes. Remove the foil & cook for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven & let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the creamy avocado sauce in a food processor. After the collard green rolls have cooled for 5 minutes, top with the creamy avocado sauce. Garnish the collard green rolls with fresh pico de Gallo & toasted pepitas.