This Pork Chilli Con Carne is a rich, juicy gamechanger with a warmth that will take you straight to the Caribbean.
When I first made this pork chilli con carne I had been in Belize for a month, during which time I had eaten so much incredible Belizean food and really gotten to grips with the flavour profiles. After the incredibly warm and friendly people, the food in Belize was my second favourite thing. It is INSANELY good. The flavours and the beautiful weather are a winning combo and I loved discovering their dishes so much. Whenever I travel anywhere, one of the things I enjoy the most is learning how to make certain meals myself, figuring out what goes into them, speaking to locals and creating my own version that I can then make back at home. It makes the experience live on because smell and taste have such strong nostalgic potential. This pork chilli con carne that I made in Belize has been something I've recreated again and again.
Anyway, back to Belize. Chicken and pork are the most common meats available where I was staying in Placencia so I generally cook with them the most. But travelling to this new country and tasting Belizean food produce will always be a bit of an experiment and I had no idea what the mince would be like! I got some to try and...it was incredible. I decided to make pork chilli with this quick and easy recipe and my gosh it was so juicy and flavourful been though I only cooked it for 25 minutes - normally I like to leave a chilli to stew for hours! I like a pork mince chilli over beef sometimes (or you can always mix them) and especially if you use mince with a high-fat content, the flavour and juiciness is insane.
I served my pork mince chilli with the Belizean style coconut rice I have also become obsessed with making. Cooking rice Belizean style in coconut milk with a pinch of dried thyme and coriander stalk gives it this comforting, aromatic and completely delicious taste and it makes the whole thing come together beautifully. Adding thyme to your coconut rice may seem odd but trust me, it’s an incredible flavour combo. By the way, if you're looking for a good rice and beans recipe, try mine here.
Anyway, without further ado, a quick and easy recipe for pork chilli...Jump to Recipe
- Pork mince
- White onion
- Kidney beans
- Tomato puree
- Chicken stock cube or bouillon
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chilli flakes
- Dried oregano
See the recipe card for quantities.
Dice the onion and fry in neutral oil (like canola) until softened and then add the pork mince.
Allow to brown before adding the seasoning and then the kidney beans.
Stir through until fragrant and then add the tomato purée, bouillon and water.
Bring to the boil before turning down the heat and allowing the simmer and cook off some of the liquid for around 45 minutes to an hour.
Meanwhile, if you are serving this pork chilli con carne with rice, prep and make this now.
Spoon the juicy pork mince chilli into bowls and garnish with some fresh lime juice and chopped coriander leaves.
Here are a few ways you can change this pork mince chilli up to make it suit you:
- Meat - If you don't eat pork, try this recipe with beef mince.
- Rice - Trying to cut carbs? Try cauliflower rice
- Vegan - Don't eat meat? Try this with sunflower seed or quorn mince!
Also, add as much spice as you like, or douse in Marie Sharps Belizean hot sauce to add even more of a kick!
As always I use my Le Creuset casserole pot whenever I make anything, they are pricey but they last forever. My parents still use their Le Creuset they were given as wedding gifts in 1975. Think of that in terms of cost per use...
They become a part of your family. Plus, they come in such fun colours.
Store the pork chilli in the fridge if you have any leftovers and consume within a few days.
You could freeze this pork chilli and consume it within a month.
The biggest tip I can give you is to visit Belize yourself to try their food in situ! There is a ton of other amazing stuff to do, you will have the best time and I could not love this country more. Read this blog post to see just some of the activities (other than eating) on offer.
Pork Chilli Con Carne
- casserole pot
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- 300 grams pork mince at least 10% fat
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 4 tablespoon tomato puree
- 230 ml water
- 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon / or a stock cube
- 1 tablespoon canola or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
- ½ lime, juiced
- Heat the oil and fry the onion until softened.
- Add the pork mince and once it is just about browned, stir through the spices.
- Add the kidney beans and allow them to warm through.
- Stir in the tomato paste and stock.
- Bring to the boil before turning down the heat and simmering to allow the liquid to cook off and flavours to combine.
- Leave for 45 minutes before allowing to stand for 5 minutes, then serve garnished with fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime.
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