12.14.2009

It's not low cal. But it has a saucy kick!


I entered a chili cookoff at work, with proceeds from the sale of the chili going to our United Way campaign. I didn't win. But a big deal upper management type said it was her personal favorite and asked for the recipe! So I thought I'd share with y'all too.

It's not your typical spicy chili. It's more of a sweet-and-sour pork stew. I ate a bit and thought it was the best non-chili chili I've ever eaten.

Give it a try. Best thing: it's a really simple slow cooker meal.

Sweet Pork Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients
2 pounds ground pork
1 pkg (4 large links) fully cooked Chicken & Apple Sausage, cut into bite-size
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced small (or I used canned)
1 yellow bell peppers, diced
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup chopped baby corn
1 1/4 cups hard apple cider (it's alcoholic...cooks off...)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon molasses (I used sweet sorghum)
1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper (I used a mix of cayenne pepper and chili powder)
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Directions
1. Cook the ground pork in a skillet over medium heat until completely browned; drain.

2. Combine the cooked pork, sausage, tomato, bell pepper, pineapple, beans, kernel corn, tomato paste, onion, baby corn, cider, garlic, brown sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, molasses, ancho chile pepper, sage, curry powder, cinnamon, honey, and vinegar in a large slow cooker; stir.

3. Set slow cooker to High. Cook at least 4 hours.

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