Ground Pork, Bacon and Black Bean Chili
This chili recipe is one that is dear to my heart. It has been a family favorite for years and is one of my go-to recipes. If you crave a little more spice to chili, add cayenne to taste. Also, before cooking the chili, measure out all the spices. This will lead to less chaos when the pork is added to the hot pan and the spices are needed quickly.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1-2 large green bell pepper, or 2 small, diced
- 1 serrano pepper, or jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 2 pounds ground pork
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons cumin
- 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
- 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2-3 cups beef broth, or more if simmering longer than 1 hour
- 2 cans black beans (optional), drained and rinsed
- 2 cups frozen organic corn (optional)
- spicy lime sour cream, for topping (click here for recipe)
- Place the oil, onions, bell peppers, serrano and bacon into a large pan and cook over medium heat until the onions are softened, about 10 minutes.
- Once the vegetables are softened, increase the heat to medium-high and add the pork, salt, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and optional cayenne. Stir well to incorporate the spices into the meat. Once the spices are fully incorporated and the meat is broken up sufficiently, let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour the crushed tomatoes and the beef broth into the meat mixture and stir well. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Let it cook for at least 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After simmering, add the beans and corn to the chili. Stir well and heat through for another 10 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or on top of rice. Top with spicy lime sour cream, shredded cheese and chopped cilantro.