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“Ban the Bland” with this spicy Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Chili! It’s a perfect meal for a busy fall day or gearing up to watch the big game!
For most of the country, everyone is giddy about fall. But, living here in Texas, we don’t really get the picturesque colorful fall views or cooler, bundle up in a sweater, weather; so we get giddy and basically crazy excited for fall because it means football!
Yup, I’ve been in the frantic football mode for weeks now, eagerly watching, excitedly discussing and over stocking on my favorite game day essentials, like chips and Pace® Salsa from Walmart.
Sure, growing up and living in Texas means that for us fall is all about football, which can sometimes be a bit annoying to this girl who loves all the other typical fall stuff like boots, snuggling on the couch with my pumpkin spice latte and a good book and my favorite fall holidays. But to be honest I wouldn’t have fall as we Texans know it, centered all around football, any other way.
Football, not matter what team you are cheering on, whether it’s the little guys, high school, college or the professional teams, brings people together. It gets people excited and makes people happy. Which, I think, is a great thing!
If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, then you know, despite my Texas roots, that I’m not a super crazy football fan. BUT, I do have teams that I like to follow and keep up with and will never turn down an invitation to a tailgate or other football watch party! Because like I said, I love how football brings us all together, and let’s face it, y’all know I love any reason to host a party and make some delicious food! ?
Just like most, some of my favorite football eats are wings, pizza, and dips; but I also like changing things up. We always have tortilla chips and 24 oz. Pace® Picante Sauce or Pace® Salsa in our pantry because it’s a favorite snack and an easy, instant party appetizer.
But we also use Pace® Salsa to add a kick of flavor to some of our favorite foods. Migas, chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros are all some of our favorite weekend brunch items and I love using Pace® Salsa for quick dinners too; like using it to add some flavor to ground meat for tacos or Tex-Mex inspired Sloppy Joes, or by simply pouring a jar of Pace® Salsa over chicken in the slow cooker to make spicy salsa chicken for salads.
Another favorite fall food that is also great for game day, is chili. Inspired by one of my favorite easy dinners, that slow cooker salsa chicken, I created this southwestern inspired Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Chili, using 24 oz. Pace® Salsa Verde. Using the Pace® Salsa Verde, a handful of other ingredients and the slow cooker, makes this chili recipe an ultra-easy dump and go kind of meal that doesn’t lack flavor and is hearty and filling.
Since this Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Chili is so easy to throw together, it is a great meal for a busy fall day; and since it makes a TON, it is a great way to change up your traditional game day eats!
Tips and Helpful Information:
Freezer Meal: Since this recipe easily serves at least eight people, if you have a smaller group or family, freeze half of the recipe for later. Simply place the cooked and cooled chili in a large, heavy duty plastic food storage container, leaving about 1-2 inches of space at the top of the container to allow for the food to expand while it freezes and freeze for up to 6 months.
To thaw and serve, thaw chili in the refrigerator overnight and then transfer the chili to a large saucepan and heat over medium heat until heated through.
You may need an additional 1-2 cups of chicken broth or 24-ounce jar of Pace® Salsa Verde when reheating frozen leftovers, as the chili will thicken up quite a bit when frozen.
Serving Suggestions: This Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork Chili would be great served with a side of chips and Pace® Salsa, this Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Vinaigrette and/or Brown Butter Cornbread.
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- 1 (3 ½ - 4) pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper, divided
- 1 (24-ounce) jar Pace® Salsa Verde
- 1 (7-ounce) can diced green chiles
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 (15-ounce) cans cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- For serving:
- Lime wedges
- Fresh cilantro
- Diced Avocado
- Fresh or pickled jalapenos
- Tortilla Chips
Place pork tenderloin in a large (8 quart) slow cooker, cutting the pork tenderloin into 2-3 pieces to fully fit into the slow cooker.
Season pork with the ground cumin, dried oregano and ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper.
Pour Pace® Salsa Verde, diced green chilies, chicken broth, onions and garlic over pork in the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8-9 hours, or until the pork begins to fall apart.
Once pork begins to fall apart, use tongs or two forks to shred the pork, right in the slow cooker. Once pork is shredded add beans and continue cooking for an additional 45-60 minutes, or until the beans are heated through.
Serve chili with desired toppings.
You may need an additional 1-2 cups of chicken broth or jar of Pace® Salsa Verde when heating leftovers as the chili thickens up quite a bit when refrigerated.
Looking for more ways to “Ban the Bland” and take your game day eats to the next level? Click here for more bold game day recipes and stock up on Pace® Salsa Verde, Pace® Picante Sauce and Pace® Salsa at your local Walmart.
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