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Whiskey and Triple Pork Black Bean Chili

Serves 4 to 6

Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

Why make the same old thing when you can cook up a chili rich and smoky with bacon and Spanish chorizo, mellowed by whiskey, and fired up with chipotles?

su-Whiskey and Triple Pork Black Bean Chili

Photo: Annabelle Breakey
 1 pound pork shoulder (butt), cut into 1- to 1 1/2-in. chunks
  Vegetable oil (if pork is lean)
 5 slices (1/2 lb.) thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, chopped
 1 large onion, chopped
 2 celery stalks, sliced
 1 1/2 cups dried black beans, cleaned of debris and rinsed
 2 chopped canned chipotle chiles
 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
 1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
 3/4 cup whiskey such as Jack Daniel's, divided
 4 ounces Spanish smoked chorizo, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  Creme fraiche or shredded jack cheese
  Chopped chives
Step 1

Brown pork in a large pot over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes, adding a little oil if pork is very lean. Transfer pork to a plate. Add bacon to pot and cook, stirring often, until browned but still soft, about 5 minutes. Spoon out fat and return 2 tbsp. to pot. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Return pork to pot and add beans, chipotles, cumin, broth, and 1/2 cup whiskey. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until beans and pork are tender, about 1 1/4 hours.

Step 3

Stir in chorizo and remaining 1/4 cup whiskey. Simmer, covered, until flavors are blended, about 10 minutes more. Stir in parsley.

Step 4

Ladle into bowls and top with crème fraîche and chives.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 579Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g50%

Saturated Fat 11g56%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 973mg41%
Total Carbohydrate 32g11%

Dietary Fiber 11g44%
Protein 35g70%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.