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Anything is good, in moderation. I cook because I love to and because I can share with those around me. I crochet for the same reason.

Do what you want to do, enjoy what you do and use it to touch those around you.

Mar 15, 2011

Pork Chili with Black Beans

Chili peppers in adobo sauce can be found in the ethnic food section of your local grocery store.  The recipe says one or two - my suggestion is to start with one.  You can always add more, but you cannot remove them if they start eating the lining of your stomach.  I learned the hard way that 1.  They are HOT and 2.  They get HOTTER with cooking.

  8 Ounce Pork, Lean And Boneless                            1 Tsp dried basil, crushed
  1 Tsp olive oil                                                           1 Tsp dried oregano, crushed
  1/4 Cup Onion, Minced                                             1 Tsp chili powder
  2 Clove Garlic, minced                                              1/2 Tsp ground cumin
  14.5 Ounce Diced Tomatoes, undrained                     15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  8 Ounce Tomato Sauce                                             1 1/2 Cup frozen whole kernel corn
  1 Cup water                                                                                      
  1 or 2 peppers from a 7 ounce can of chipotle         
      pepper in adobo-sauce, chopped                                        

Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into bite sized pieces. Lightly coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat.  Add meat, cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until meat is brown. Remove meat from saucepan and set aside.  Carefully add the oil to the hot saucepan. Cook onion and garlic in the hot oil about 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, chipotle pepper (use one or two from the can – they are very HOT), basil, oregano, chili powder, and cumin. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in black beans and frozen corn. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in meat. Heat through.

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