Pork and Black Bean Chili

This delicious meal can be on the table in under an hour.. hearty and healthy… low in fat and carbs..  a meal everyone can love.  Perfect for tailgating or even just watching the game… quick and easy so you don’t miss the action!

As the commercials say… pork is the “other” white meat… I thought I would try this … basically substituting lean ground pork for the beef .. and black beans for the kidney beans…. and adjusting the other ingredient quantities to get the right consistency without adding carbs.
Ground pork is not always in the meat case at the supermarket… just ask the butcher for some.. I’ve never had a problem getting it even in our small grocery store.
Because the meat is lean ..  you do need to ad a tablespoon of olive oil when browning the meat with the  onions and garlic… I wouldn’t recommend cutting that out.
I used a variety of bell peppers…. they add nice color and the milder flavors of red and yellow peppers blend nicely with the green ones… you can use any one of them or a combination… whatever you prefer or what you have on hand.
For this recipe I added a small can of Hunts tomato sauce.. they come in “flavors”.. I used the roasted garlic one.. it has a nice light garlic flavor to the sauce.. you can plan or any other variety you want.  It adds a nice smooth texture to the chili.. you can leave it out.. but it really “moved” the cooking right along since this recipe can be on the table pretty fast.
I used Hunts canned tomatoes… I happened to use the Spicy Red Pepper one.. again.. any variety you prefer will work…
Another “add-in” that will be good with this chili is corn.. frozen or a can of drained corn.. just another way to change it up a bit.
This will make 4-6 servings (depending on size of the servings).
Serve this with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onion and sour cream for toppings… a truly delicious meal!

Recipe:  Pork and Black Bean Chili
All you need:
1 pound lean ground pork
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper diced
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Hunts canned tomatoes *See TIPS
1 (8 oz.) can Hunts tomato Sauce *See TIPS
2 teaspoons cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons paprika
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped green onion (both white and green parts)
Sour Cream
All you have to do:
In a large pot over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Brown the meat, breaking it up as it cooks.  When meat is almost completely cooked and lightly brown in spots, add the onions and garlic.  Cook until the onions are soft.. do not allow them to brown.
Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a steady simmer… lower the heat a bit if necessary andcook for 25 minutes, stirring periodically.
Serve with toppings along side.

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