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Pork and Bean Chili.

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It’s getting cold outside.  And it’s getting darker earlier.

As soon as the weather starts turning, I start craving warm, hearty comfort foods. Of course, that immediately brings chili to mind.  So Thursday night, I made it happen. Smile

 

Pork and Black Bean Chili

(serves 4-6. Adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 pound learn ground pork
  • 1 bottle tomato sauce (I used primavera sauce and it worked great)
  • 1 can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

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Directions

1. Place olive oil in a large pot and turn to medium heat. Dice onions, red bell pepper, celery and garlic.

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2. When oil is heated, add veggies and ground pork to the pot. Cook until pork has browned.

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3. When pork has browned, add all other ingredients except beans.

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4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

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5. Add beans. Return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, or until desired thickness.

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6. Add toppings – lots of toppings. Chili isn’t the same without them!

Some suggestions:

  • sour cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • shredded cheese
  • crumbled tortilla chips

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I went with the sour cream, shredded cheese and crumbled chips route. With a dinner roll for dipping, of course. Smile

Side note: I bought 5% sour cream. No more – full fat is so much creamier. The little bit of extra fat makes it so much tastier! The lesson: low fat = low taste.

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Mmm, chili.

Definitely made me feel all warm and cozy inside. Smile

 

Other Notes From the Day

Lunch salad in the greens container.

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Allows for laziness and less dishes to wash. Smile

Greens, roasted squash (seriously, I might start roasting them daily), carrot, cucumber, feta, 2 eggs complete with runny yolk, and avocado-cilantro dressing.

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When you don’t have a dishwasher, every dish that you don’t have to wash by hand is a bit of a victory. Smile

Dinner

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Chicken with Stubbs BBQ sauce and sweet potato fries. Simple but definitely got the job done. Small dinner because I was saving room for dessert.

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Of course.

It was freezing and I was wearing gloves on the walk over there, but when you want froyo, you want it. A mix of birthday cake and salted caramel – does that not sound like the most perfect combination ever? I’ll try to remember all the toppings, but I threw so many on there that I probably won’t get them all:

  • chocolate chip cookie dough bits
  • double chocolate cookie dough bits
  • maraschino cherries
  • frosted animal crackers
  • chocolate covered waffle pieces
  • chocolate covered cookies and cream bits
  • mini Reese’s cups
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • regular sprinkles

Do you think I like chocolate just a little? Smile with tongue out

Hope your weekend has gotten off to a great start!

<— Chili or soup?

<— Do you crave froyo or ice cream in the fall/winter? I pretty much want them year-round.

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12 thoughts on “Pork and Bean Chili.

  1. I always crave ice cream and froyo! haha. I need to make myself a pot of chili though ASAP because it is getting cold and I have a corn muffin mix just waiting to be made!

  2. Ohhh if only chili didn’t come with such unpleasant side effects 😆 I love both soup and chili, so I don’t think I could choose between them, but I could seriously use a couple bowls of either one, seeing as it’s been absolutely freezing here lately. Despite the cold temps, though, you better believe that I’m still eating ice cream whenever the craving hits. Even if I have to wear mitts and a scarf to do it, it’s definitely worth it 😀

    • I can’t really choose between them either! I’m thinking I need to make up a batch of butternut squash soup soon though, that is definitely a fall must.

      Hehe, that was me last night! As soon as I got the first spoonful into my mouth, 100% worth it. :-p

  3. gosh I seriously need to start saving so i can do a froyo trip. it has been way too freaking long, almost six months. that is long. I haven’t made any sort of chili or soup before. maybe I should start actually doing real cooking. haha

  4. I LOVE chili. Soup just doesn’t fill me up and pretty much reminds me of being sick. But give some thick, chunky, smoky/spicy deliciousness with some tortilla chips and plain greek yogurt and I am one happy girl. I want froyo year round too! I just bought some ben and jerry’s banana peanut butter greek yogurt–I can’t wait to dig in for a night snack, but I’m sure I’m going to have to be bundled up while eating it.
    PS. Frosted animal crackers are THE SHIT. Gahhh words can’t describe my guilty pleasure addiction to those babies.

    • I CANT FIND THOSE ANIMAL CRACKERS ANYWHERE! It makes me depressed because I would love a stash of em at home!

  5. Gotta love a good batch of chili 🙂

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