Smoky Pork, Bacon and White Bean Chili

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 40m


This warm chili bowl made with white beans, crispy bacon and spiced pork tenderloin brings a savory twist to hearty comfort food.


  • 1 1/2 pounds pork loin roast, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 8 ounces bacon, thick-cut, (5 or 6 slices), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 14 1/2-ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans, (white kidney) or other white beans, drained
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, (optional)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)


In a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

Add the onion to the bacon fat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the pork, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and paprika. Stir in the tomatoes (with their juices) and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

Stir in the beans and about 2/3 of the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 10 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve the chili garnished with the remaining bacon and the sour cream and scallions, if using.

Tips: You can also make this recipe with pork shoulder.

Recipe reprinted by permission of National Pork Board. All rights reserved.

RecID 12018

nutrition information per serving

500 calories; 22g total fat; 84mg cholesterol; 1080mg sodium; 33g carbohydrates; 9g fiber; 40g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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