Giant Pot of Manly Chili

This is what you make when you are feeding a crowd of hungry men and boys.  Girls like it too…

  • 1 bag of dried pinto beans (approx. 1 lb.)
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 3 lbs. boneless country-style pork ribs, cubed
  • 6 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 t. fennel seeds
  • 1/4 C. tomato sauce
  • 2 28oz. cans of tomatoes, diced in juice
  • 2 cans of beer, I used Miller High Life
  • 1 t. instant espresso powder, or instant coffee
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

The night before or in the morning, put the beans in a pot and cover them with cold water.  Let them soak as long as possible before draining and rinsing.  Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven on medium heat.  Add the pork and bacon and brown in the oil.  Add the spices and toss to coat for about 1 minute.  Add the tomato sauce and stir and cook for another minute or two.  Pour in the canned tomatoes with their juice and the beer and scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pot.  Stir in the espresso powder and bay leaves.  Add the beans and minced garlic and stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.  Place the lid off center so the steam can escape and let the chili simmer for two-three hours.  When it’s done the meat should be soft and the beans should be starting to break down.  Garnish with sour cream, cilantro, and offer hot sauce to those guests who like a little more heat.


About swellkid recipes

I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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5 Responses to Giant Pot of Manly Chili

  1. bacon, beans & beer? sounds like a crowd-pleasing chili to me!
    ps – why the espresso powder?

  2. Ok…this is a must! Thanks carrie!

  3. Mmm, beer. You are on a blogging tear as of late! As for this recipe, this man approves! Ha.

  4. Pingback: Cinco De Mayo Recipe Roundup! | swellkid

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