slowcooked pork & bean chili

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, slowcooker, snacks on 02.26.12 at 4:16 pm

hello, slowcooker sunday! comfort food on a snowy, lazy sunday? sign me up.

and what’s great about this recipe is that you likely won’t need to run to the grocery store for the ingredients. i’m guessing you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. you can prep the chili for the slowcooker and then smell the lovely slowcooker aroma while you curl up on the sofa with your fave book. now, how’s that for a pretty stellar snow day? :)

the pork:
– heat up 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (evoo) in a large saucepan on high heat
– brown 1/2 white onion (peeled, rough chop) in pan
– add a dash of sea salt
– add 500g lean ground pork to onions
– sprinkle 1 tsp ancho chile spice
– lightly drizzle hot sauce
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– sauté ground pork until browned, but not fully cooked
– remove from heat & set aside, while prepping other ingredients for the slowcooker

the beans:
– 1 can (approx 500mL) white kidney beans

(tip: best to drain canned beans in a colander under cold running water to remove any starchy residue.)

slowcook the chili:
add the following ingredients into a medium slowcooker and stir to combine well.
simmer on high heat in the slowcooker for approx 4-4.5 hours.

– 1 large can (approx 800mL) crushed tomatoes
– browned lean ground pork & onions (transferred from pan)
– white kidney beans (water drained)
– pinch of sea salt
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– 1 large yellow bell pepper (pitted, sliced into chunks)
– 1 large orange bell pepper (pitted, sliced into chunks)
– 2 large tomatoes (rough chop)
– drizzle evoo
– sprinkle 1 tsp ancho chile spice

note: recommend not leaving the slowcooker unattended. you will need to stir ingredients occasionally and lift the slowcooker lid slightly to release steam occasionally during the slowcooking process, so it’s best to stay nearby. be sure to follow the safety instructional manual that came with your particular model of slowcooker.

food styling:
– dish up in a large soup bowl & dig in! :)
– this slowcooked chili pairs great with a thick slice of artisan sourdough. yummers.

  1. Cool beans, I don’t think I’ve had white kidneys.


  2. I love recipes like this! That’s often my issue when recipe hunting, I decide against some because I don’t have time to make a trip to the store. Looks delicious!


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