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Pork and Sweet Potato Chili

Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices.
Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda
This post has been updated since it’s original publication to showcase new photography and has been sponsored by BUSH’S® Best and Soapbox Influence. All opinions, whether glowing, gushing, or otherwise, are 100% my own. #BushsBeansFallFlavors
Updated text:
Life in Northern Utah, particularly starting around September can get pretty chilly. As my family in Southern California right now are battling nearly 100° weather, I am in flannel, hoodies, and socks, with the heater on.
My sister sent me a message this morning, at 6:30 am her time saying it was already 94°. I responded, ‘it might be 30° here.’ Needless to say, we might both lovingly hate each other for our respective weather.
When the opportunity arose to work with Bush’s Beans again (see my last recipe here), I knew with the dip in the mercury, I was making a chili. But what kind?
Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaI shared with you all not too long ago that I have been busy with several other professional pursuits in food media. I’m not spending as much time in my kitchen as I’d like (feel free to play your ‘world’s smallest violin’ for me). As I was tinkering around on my site, I stumbled upon one of my early recipes, this tasty Pork and Sweet Potato Chili, and it was a EUREKA moment. I knew I had to remake it.
So that’s what I planned to do BEFORE the partnership with Bush’s Beans, and the rest was history. I know I can rely on the quality and taste of Bush’s Beans, so without hesitation, I share with you my updated Pork and Sweet Potato Chili.
For the most part the recipe is the same as it was originally published. I did adjust a few quantities of the spices, other than that, no changes. Enjoy!
Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda Original text:
Has life gotten busy for you? I have no idea why, but I’m swamped.  I have one kid.  She’s not in a single activity…yet.  I really cannot account for the extra hectic-ness in my life, maybe it that Mercury in retrograde thing I read about online yesterday. Whatever it is, I barely have enough time in the day to put clothes on and get my daughter to school on time.  I’m lucky if my teeth are brushed before noon.  Dinner, well, lately that has been leftovers or sandwiches.  At least I had delicious leftovers, but those officially ran out.
Luckily, I have a slow cooker and know how to use it.  I decided to make a chili, but wanted to turn it on its side. Pork and sweet potatoes sounded good and then I just started going with Mexican flavors.  After I had it all assembled and ready to cook, I tasted it and it was missing something. Normally, this is where I stare into the pantry or refrigerator to figure out what I was missing, but this time, I knew instantly.
It needed chocolate.  Now before you call me crazy, unsweetened chocolate is a common ingredient in Mexican cooking. I went into the deep recesses of my baking cupboard and pulled out the cocoa powder.  I added just a bit, and a choir of angels gathered and sang…in Spanish.  It was beautiful.Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda
Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Pork and Sweet Potato Chili

Course: Dinner/Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican Fusion
Servings: 8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. 

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork roast or country style pork ribs
  • 2 large or 3 small sweet potatoes; peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium onion; chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 32 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Salt; to taste
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper; to taste
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2-14 oz cans Bush's Cannellini beans; drained and rinsed
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Cheese

Instructions

  1. Sear the pork roast in hot oil in a large sauté pan.
  2. Once seared on all sides, add it to a slow cooker.
  3. Remove any remaining oil in sauté pan then add one cup of broth to deglaze the pan, pulling up all the stuck on bits.

  4. Add all the seasonings and spices from cilantro to salt; pepper to the broth in the pan; mix well.
  5. Pour the contents into the slow cooker.
  6. Add the onion, sweet potatoes, and remaining broth to the slow cooker.

  7. Put the lid on and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

  8. Once the pork is cooked through and falling apart and the sweet potatoes are fork tender, add stir in the tomato paste.

  9. Add the two cans of Bush's Cannellini Beans; gently fold them in and allow them to warm through.

  10. Add any optional toppings, serve, and enjoy.

Here’s a photograph from the initial publication back on 2014. Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda Pork and Sweet Potato Chili ~ This is the perfect recipe to mix up chili night with succulent pork, sweet potatoes, white beans, and warming Mexican spices. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Chandra McCulloch
    October 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I never would have thought to put all these things together, but it looks so good!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Chandra, it was really good. If you like the ingredients, you will enjoy the dish.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    October 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    You are a magnificent cook! This is a great recipe.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Thank you Rini, and easily adapted to be vegetarian, omit the pork and I’d add some lentils.

  • Reply
    Debra
    October 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

    YUM! What a great combination. I hadn’t though of putting it together and it sounds perfect! Can’t wait to give this a try. I’m such a fan of all types of chili!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Thank you Debra, it was different but really worked well together.

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    October 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

    A perfect fall comfort dish

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Thank you Theresa! It is a perfect fall dish.

  • Reply
    TastingPage
    October 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Love the combo of the pork with the sweet potato. Looks great!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thank you Kelly, it was really delicious.

  • Reply
    Janette@culinaryginger
    October 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I’m a meat and potatoes girl so this chili is my kind of meal. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thank you Janette, I hope it satisfies your meat and potatoes palate.

  • Reply
    Sandi
    October 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I love your “secret” ingredient, chocolate as an addition to this recipe. Yummy!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thank you Sandi, the chocolate made all the difference.

  • Reply
    Tara
    October 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Love pork with sweet potatoes, this looks so good!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thank you Tara! It was tasty.

  • Reply
    Nicole Neverman
    October 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Combing pork and sweet potato in a chili sounds like a great idea. I’d love to try this 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

      It’s perfect as the weather begins to cool.

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