Smoky ingredients are all the rage, with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon and chipotle peppers on the rise in restaurant menus across the country. Give this delicious trend the home-cooked treatment with Smoky Pork, Bacon and White Bean Chili, a simple recipe that takes only 20 minutes to prepare and can be conveniently made in the slow cooker.
With this versatile recipe, it's easy to add a personal touch. Make your hearty chili even more smolderingly smoky by adding finely chopped chipotle chiles (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce) along with the onion. Or, to amp up the heat, add a dash of cayenne pepper powder along with the chili powder.
To round out the meal on game day - or any day - serve with warm corn tortillas or corn bread and a refreshing side salad with radishes and cilantro. Prepare a topping bar with sour cream, roasted tomato salsa, sliced avocadoes, scallions and shredded Jack cheese.
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Smoky Pork, Bacon and White Bean Chili
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 min
Makes: 6 servings
|8||ounces bacon, thick-cut, (5 or 6 slices), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips|
|1||large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice|
|1 1/2||pounds pork loin roast, cut into 3/4-inch dice|
|2||tablespoons chili powder|
|1||tablespoon smoked paprika|
|2||14 1/2-ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes|
|1 1/2||cups water|
|2||15-ounce cans cannellini beans, (white kidney) or other white beans, drained|
|1/2||cup sour cream, (optional)|
|2||scallions, thinly sliced (optional)|
In large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
Add onion to bacon fat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, add pork, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in chili powder and paprika. Stir in tomatoes (with juices) and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until pork is tender, 35 to 45 minutes.
Stir in beans and about 2/3 of bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 10 minutes. Add salt to taste.
Serve chili garnished with remaining bacon and sour cream and scallions, if using.
Source: National Pork Board