Cajun Pork Chili

  1. 2 pounds ground pork
    2 large onions, chopped
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 sweet red bell pepper, chopped
    1 sweet green bell pepper, chopped
    3 stalks celery, chopped
    1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes
    1 (28 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  2. 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Dash of hot pepper sauce
    Salt and pepper
    If you prefer a more traditional chili flavor, use cumin instead of oregano, and
    add chili powder to taste.
  1. In a heavy saucepan, cook the pork over medium heat, stirring to break up the meat, for about 5 minutes or until browned. Pour off the fat.
  2. Add onions, and cook until tender. Add garlic, red and green peppers and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  3. Add tomatoes, breaking them up with the back of a spoon. Stir in kidney beans, hot pepper flakes, oregano, cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases