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Slow Cooker Pork Chili - This warm and comforting chili is the perfect meal for the entire season, whether it's watching the big game or a busy weeknight shuffling the kids around. Plop everything in the slow cooker in the AM and have dinner ready when you get home.
Cold weather + Warm Chili = <3
It's officially cold.
Weather here in MA (or New England in general) is crazy you guys. One day it's like 40 degrees and the next it's back up to 80. I seriously had the heat on one day and then the air conditioner the next, two weeks ago.
Buuuuuut, the air conditioner is officially covered for the season and there is FROST on the ground this morning. I'm a goner. I wasn't built for the changes in the seasons. I think I belong down south somewhere.
Anyway, not only is it cold but heck, I'm a busy girl these days. Ugh, I'm such a complainer today. I blame the weather for my mood. I'm so blah.
Here's a sample of what's going on this week:
CCD (2 kids means 2 classes), Mothers Volunteer Fundraising Group Meeting, School Volunteer 2 days, Keyboard lesson, Girl Scout Halloween party, Student Council meeting, Gymnastics, 2 soccer practices for each kid (yes, that means 4 practices), 3 soccer games & 2 flu shot appointments (that should be fun!). I'm sure I'm forgetting something else.
Why am I rambling about my crazy schedule? I'll tell you. The one thing that isn't putting me in a bad mood today is knowing that I have dinner covered. Yep, it's cooking right now, as I type. I'm cooking, or rather my slow cooker is cooking Pork Chili, again.
Why am I using pork in this chili?
As I have told you once or twice (or maybe like 10 times) Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork products are so versatile, so I always pick them up when I'm shopping at Walmart.
It just so happened that the variety I had on hand was the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet. I thought that the smoky bacon flavor would be perfect in a chili (spoiler alert - I was right).
You might remember me mentioning the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet before when I grilled it along with some yummy green beans over the summer. Smithfield® products are good like that; grill one one day, plop one in a slow cooker another. Super versatile which is just one of the reasons I am a loyal customer. That and they offer a real solution for my ridiculously real life.
I'm always telling you guys that Smithfield® delivers "Real Fresh, Real Flavor, Real Fast", right? While this does cook in the slow cooker for a few hours, I think I can stand by that saying because prep takes like 5 minutes. Maybe 10 if you're a slower chopper. Maybe.
Don't I Have To Season The Meat?
No silly goose. We don't have extra time for that. This product comes perfectly marinated and perfectly seasoned. Who do you think I am over here, a fancy lady who has time to season things?
Look how easy the prep is for this Slow Cooker Pork Chili:
First gather all you ingredients
Then, put them all in the slow cooker, cover and set timer.
Once it's cooked, remove the pork, shred it and return it to slow cooker.
And then it's done.
Seriously, that's it, it's all done. You can just serve it up, or set your slow cooker back to warm (if you have that function) and serve when the entire family gets home from their activities.
Side note about this Slow Cooker Pork Chili: It heats up perfect the next day and I swear, the flavors might even seem a bit better after chilling out together for a day.
Don't forget to visit the Smithfield® website to get some more recipe inspiration and perhaps a few more recipes for "CrockTober".
This Slow Cooker Pork Chili is the perfect kind of recipe to warm you up but unlike other comfort food recipes, it's got only a few minutes of prep and the rest is done for you in the cooker.
- 1 Smithfield® Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet
- ¾ C diced sweet onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 ½ T chili powder
- 1 tsp dry oregano
- 2 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 20 oz 2 cans diced tomato w/ chili (choose mild or hot)
- 2 C beef broth
- 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
Spray slow cooker with non stick spray.
Add all ingredients to slow cooker , cover and set on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
After cook time is up, remove pork loin from cooker and shred. Return back to slow cooker. Serve with desired toppings.