My two boys are so picky—getting them to eat kidney beans, for instance, is a total nightmare. Kidney beans are packed with nutrition, but I typically put them in an Italian Bean Salad. My kids actually love the salad (anything covered in Italian dressing pretty much is a win for them), but they inevitably pick out the kidney beans.
This pulled pork chili recipe is the only thing that does the trick—it’s warm, hearty, nutritious, super tasty, and best of all, my kids eat it all without picking the beans out. I like serving this with a few fresh toppings like avocado and tomatoes, and a loaf of crusty, rustic bread.
Pulled Pork Chili Recipe
Getting my kids to eat beans is a total nightmare---this is the only recipe that'll do the trick.
- olive oil: to coat the pan
- yellow onion, cut into a small dice: ¾ cup
- minced garlic: 1 teaspoon
- chili powder: 1 tablespoon
- green chiles, fire roasted and diced: 1 (4-ounce) can
- diced tomatoes in tomato juice: 1 (28-ounce) can
- kidney beans, drained: 1 (15-ounce) can
- black beans, drained: ½ cup
- corn kernels: ½ cup
- Perfect Pulled Pork (see below for recipe link): 2 cups
- brown sugar: 1 tablespoon
- sea salt: ½ teaspoon
- diced avocado: about ½ cup for garnish if desired
- diced fresh tomatoes: about ½ cup for garnish if desired
- grated cheddar cheese: about ¼ cup for garnish if desired
Step 1: Coat the bottom of a large pot with olive oil and place it over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add the chili powder and green chiles to the pan. Sauté until this is very aromatic, about 1 minute.
Step 3: Add the tomatoes, with all of the juice, and use a wooden spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan to work any bits of food that are stuck back into the mixture.
Step 4: Add the kidney beans, black beans, corn, Perfect Pulled Pork, brown sugar, and salt. Stir to combine. Cook on medium-low to be sure the beans become hot, about 4 minutes.
Step 5: Serve hot, and if desired, garnish with avocados, tomatoes, and cheese.
Please note that the prep time does not include making the pork, which can be made a few days in advance. (Here's how to make Perfect Pulled Pork.)
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