Hearty Pork and Vegetable Chili
Looking to warm up this November? We have the perfect way to take the “chili” off! Using fresh Nova Scotian vegetables and flavorful pork, our hearty spicy and vegetable chili will warm your belly and satisfy your taste buds. Grab your biggest bowls and gather around to enjoy the ultimate hot dish this season.
|1 kg.||Medium ground pork|
|1 large||Local onion, diced|
|28 oz. can||Crushed tomato|
|28 oz. can||Diced tomato|
|3||Local fresh tomatoes, diced|
|3 tbsp.||Tomato paste|
|3 tsp.||Chili powder|
|1 1/2 cups||Water|
|6 small||Local Carrots, chopped|
|3 cloves||Local Garlic, minced|
|3 cobs||Local Corn (removed from cob)|
|398 ml. can||Black beans, drained and rinsed|
|398 ml. can||Kidney beans, drained and rinsed|
|2||Banana peppers, chili peppers OR jalapeño peppers, chopped|
|4 tbsp.||Fresh oregano, finely chopped|
|1||Green bell pepper OR 3-4 small sweet peppers, chopped|
|1/2 lb.||Local Mushrooms, washed and sliced|
|For garnish||Small container of sour cream|
|For garnish||Cilantro, chopped|
|For garnish||Thinly sliced hot pepper|
|To taste||Green onion, diced|
Preparation time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Serves: 10 people, makes approximately 3.5 litres
- Set a large, high walled frying pan to low heat. Add the diced onions and a sprinkle of salt and let them sweat for 4-5 minutes, stirring on occasion, until translucent.
- Turn the heat up to medium-high, let the pan get to temperature then add the ground pork. Break up the ground pork with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Don’t stir.
- Let the pork cook on the bottom and get slightly crispy. After a minute or two, stir the pork to turn the uncooked parts under. Keep stirring every few minutes until the pork is cooked all the way through then remove from heat.
- Set a large, heavy-bottom sauce pan, or soup pot to medium-to-low heat. Add crushed tomato, diced tomato, fresh diced tomato, tomato paste, cumin, salt, paprika, chili powder and water, then mix thoroughly.
- Add carrots, garlic, corn, black beans and kidney beans and simmer for 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
- Add hot peppers, oregano, bell pepper and mushrooms and simmer for another 15-20.
- Add pork to the chili pot.
- Let simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently and breaking up any larger pieces of ground meat.
- Put a few tablespoons of the chili in a small bowl to cool, and taste.
- Turn heat down to minimum to serve as a meal immediately.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with a small handful of chopped cilantro and green onion. For extra spice, add thinly sliced hot peppers, either fresh or pickled.
- When adding the pork to the chili, some people will say to strain off the fat, but not doing so will give richness, flavour, and texture to your chili.
- After tasting the chili, depending on your palate, you may want to add another teaspoon of salt or chili powder.
- This chili freezes well for 2-3 months in airtight container.
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Recipe and Photography provided by: Jessica Emin, @eatwithjessie