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Recipe: Black Bean and Pork Chili by Chef Kevin Belton

Watch Chef Kevin Belton every Tuesday morning on Eyewitness Morning News on WWL-TV and WUPL.

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Black Bean and Pork Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 lbs. trimmed pork shoulder, cut into 1/3-inch dice
  • Creole seasoning (season to your taste)
  • 2 poblano chilis, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced (1/4 cup)
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 3 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat until the fat has rendered. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate.
  2. Season the pork with Creole seasoning. Add the pork to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the poblanos, onion, chipotles and garlic to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened, about 7 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano and minced cilantro and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, beans, chicken stock and cooked bacon and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat, about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the water until smooth. Slowly whisk the mixture into the chili until incorporated. Season the chili with Kosher salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro and serve.
  5. Possible toppings could include: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, lime wedges and tortilla chips.

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Watch Chef Kevin Belton every Tuesday morning on Eyewitness Morning News on WWL-TV and WUPL.