Spicy Ham Chili

  1. 1 pound ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 (28-ounce) cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
    1 (10-ounce) package frozen whole kernel corn
  2. 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  1. In small skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onion, jalapeno and garlic until onion is tender, about 4 minutes.
  2. Place onion mixture in 4 to 5-quart crockpot, add remaining ingredients and mix gently. Cover and cook on High setting 4 hours.
  3. Serve over hot rice, with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
  4. Wear rubber gloves when handling chiles. When sautéing chile, do not inhale the fumes or stand with face directly over the cooking area.
  5. Makes 6 servings
  6. Recipe by Pork, The Other White Meat

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