Christmas-Style Pork Chili

Lori McLain


We always discover fun foods when Santa Fe they often serve food "Christmas-Style" or topped with half green and half red salsas. That trip inspired this chili which has both green and red chilies in it and served on top ! The chilies really highlight the juicy pork .


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20 Min
40 Min
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  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 lb
    ground pork
  • 6 oz
    can tomato paste, divided
  • 1 medium
    jalapeno pepper (seeded & finely chopped)
  • 3 c
    chopped red onion (about 1 large)
  • 1 c
    chopped seeded poblano peppers
  • 1 c
    chopped, stemmed red cherry peppers
  • 3 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 1 c
    apple cider
  • 3 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    hot pepper sauce
  • 2/3 c
    crushed tomatoes
  • 2 can(s)
    (14.5 oz each)diced fire-roasted tomatoes undrained
  • 1/2 c
    fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 c
    red salsa
  • 1 c
    green tomatillo salsa

How to Make Christmas-Style Pork Chili


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Stir 2 T of the tomato paste into ground turkey. Add meat to pot and cook 10 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.
  2. Add jalapeños, onion, poblano, cherry peppers and garlic; sauté 10 minutes or until onion is tender.
  3. Add cider and scrape pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until half of liquid evaporates.
  4. Add chili powder, cumin, and salt; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add hot pepper sauce and crushed tomatoes.
  5. Pulse fire-roasted tomatoes and cilantro in food processor until finely chopped. Stir pulsed tomatoes and remaining tomato paste into chili and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  6. To serve, ladle into serving bowls and top with half green salsa and half red salsa ( Christmas style in Santa Fe !)

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About Christmas-Style Pork Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southwestern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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