Monday, June 6, 2011

Black Bean and Pork Chili

We've been pretty good about making a mess of beans or other stew in the slow cooker every weekend (myself, less so about posting them). This past Sunday, we un-vegetarianned a Slow Cooker Revolution black bean chili recipe, adding in a hefty four-pound (five with the bone in) hunk of pork shoulder and skipping the mushrooms (only because there was no more room for them). We also lessened the hot chili powder and de-seeded the jalapenos, since my tummy's still a bit roiled. Despite the gentling, the Cook's Illustrated folks delivered yet again - it's a rich, flavorful stew, though there's perhaps a tad too much liquid. Our version below.

Future tweaks: less pork, add mushrooms and perhaps other vegetables, perhaps lessen the cooking liquid.
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 jalapeno chiles, stemmed, seeded and minced
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 4 t mustard seeds
  • 1 T cumin powder
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 2 c water
  • 1 lb. black beans, picked over and rinsed
  • 4 lb. pork butt roast, cut into 1-1/2 to 2 in. pieces
  • 1 T canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 T minced fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it shimmers, add onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, garlic, chili powder, mustard seeds, cumin and oregano. Cook till vegetables are soft and slightly browned, 8-10 min. Stir in a cup of the broth. Scrape up any brown bits, then transfer to slow cooker.

Put water, broth, beans, mushrooms, meat, chipotles and bay leaves in slow cooker. Cover and cook till beans are tender and meat is fall-apart soft, 5-7 hours on high or 9-11 on low (took us 5 hours on high).

Stir in cilantro, salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

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