Slow Cooker Chili from Cooking Light


  • Cooking spray
  • 1  pound  ground pork
  • 1  pound  boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3  cups  chopped onion
  • 1 3/4  cups  chopped green bell pepper
  • 3  garlic cloves, minced
  • 3  tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 1  cup  lager-style beer (such as Budweiser)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 3  tablespoons  chili powder
  • 1  tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 2  teaspoons  dried oregano
  • 3/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 6  tomatillos, quartered
  • 2  bay leaves
  • 2  (14 1/2-ounce) cans plum tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1  (15-ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans, drained
  • 1  (7 3/4-ounce) can Mexican hot-style tomato sauce (such as El Paso)
  • 1  smoked ham hock (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  sugar
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
  • 8  lime wedges


1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ground pork to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to slightly crumble. Drain well. Transfer pork to an electric slow cooker.

2. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add pork shoulder; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Transfer pork to slow cooker.

3. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in beer; cook 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to slow cooker. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, chili powder, and next 9 ingredients (through ham hock) to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours or until meat is tender. Remove bay leaves and ham hock; discard. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and sugar. Ladle about 1 1/3 cups chili into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon cilantro, 1 tablespoon green onions, and 1 tablespoon cheese. Serve each serving with 1 lime wedge.

Note: You can also cook the chili in a slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours. For cooking chili on the stovetop, use a total of 12 ounces beer and simmer, covered, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the pork shoulder is tender.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 354 (0.0% from fat)
Fat: 14.2g (sat 5.1g,mono 5.9g,poly 1.4g)
Protein: 28.5g
Carbohydrate: 26.4g
Fiber: 6.8g
Cholesterol: 82mg
Iron: 3.8mg
Sodium: 645mg
Calcium: 108mg

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