Cubanelle & Black Bean Pork Chili

2 1/2-3 lb pork tenderloin, cubed
30 oz diced tomatoes, drained
15 oz canned black beans, drained
5 cloves garlic, sliced
2 (large) cubanelle peppers, diced
1 onion, diced
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon hot Mexican style chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cocoa
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
1/2 teaspoon ground jalapeno
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Saute the pork until just browned. Add to a 4 quart slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir. Cook on low 8 hours. Stir prior to serving. I like to sprinkle it with a bit of sharp cheddar and diced onions when I serve it.

My thoughts:

I don’t know about you but I am so tired of winter. A lot of it comes from having two blizzards in less than a week and living in a city that just doesn’t plow the side streets making it impossible to leave. I have to admit, even in a “good year” I don’t enjoy snow or winter very much. Pretty much the only “cold weather” food I can stand to see right now is chili. No matter how many times I make it, I can always enjoy chili. This variation uses my favorite mild but peppery chile, the cubanelle and a mixture of spices for a chili that is not terribly hot but not so mild that spice lovers would turn up their noses at it. Since it is made in the slow cooker, it can not be easier to make. I measure out the spices and stick them in the (unplugged) slow cooker overnight and chop all of the vegetables and refrigerate them overnight as well so all I have to do it saute the meat and add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker in the morning. Easy peasy.


  1. I agree with you about the weather this winter. Enough is enough! This dish looks great and a little different. Might drive away the winter doldrums.

  2. The only reason I wouldn't hope that winter eases for you soon is that it would mean that summer is on its way out here in New Zealand! But truly, hope the weather gets milder for you asap. Love the sound of this (especially the touch of cocoa) and as I have a slow cooker I'll remember this come July when it's wet and freezing here!

  3. I could always use a good chili recipe and I love that this has pork instead and uses the slow cooker. Can't wait to try it!

  4. I do agree. I am so ready for spring and the fresh veggies that will arrive along with it to my farmer's market. My body is craving veggies and is sick of stews and braises. But this does look delicious!

  5. Ooooo chili is such a great winter dish. Thanks for the idea, I must make some this weekend (and enough to last the week too;)!

  6. Hello there!
    Can you tell me how many this would serve?

    Thanks! I am loving looking at all your recipes and pictures!