Quick Chili with Sweet Potato and Pork

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Quick Chili with Sweet Potato and Pork

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 6
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:1 hour
This recipe appears in: Dinner Tonight: Quick Chili with Sweet Potato and Pork


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 chipotles en adobo, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 12 ounces beer (I used a pilsner)
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 scallions, ends trimmed, green parts thinly sliced
  • Sour cream for serving


  1. 1

    Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add pork and break up to small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring often, until well browned, about five minutes. When done remove the ground pork with slotted spoon and set aside. Remove all about two tablespoons of the excess fat.

  2. 2

    Combine chipotles and tomatoes in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

  3. 3

    Return Dutch oven to medium-high heat until fat is shimmering. Add onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add cumin and chili powder and cook until a thin film begins to form on the bottom of the pan, about 30 seconds. Add chipotle/tomato mixture. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until the liquid has thickened, about five minutes.

  4. 4

    Add beer and stock and bring to a simmer. Return the pork and add the sweet potatoes and drained beans to the pot, stirring to combine. Cook until sweet potatoes are tender, fifteen to twenty minutes. Season to taste with salt.

  5. 5

    Serve the chili with a sprinkling of scallions and a drizzle of sour cream.


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