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Monday, August 8, 2022

Chili pulled pork

Searching chili pulled pork?  Boy do we have a chili pulled pork recipe to share with you.  So yummy, we promise you will not be disappointed.

Leftover pulled pork chili is very simple to make, with very little prep time, making it an easy chili choice.  This chili pulled pork recipe will become a household favorite in no time, we promise!    


After sharing our Fab Friday Finds, all about fall, I thought it may be a good idea to share a chili recipe.  Yum!

There is something that we haven’t been talking about a lot lately and that’s leftovers. What do you do with leftover barbecue pulled pork? Well, we had some left over from the July 4th holiday and I decided to make a pulled pork chili and you know what, it just works together, who knew?

Don't worry, I did not let that pulled pork sit in the fridge for a month, I am just that far behind in sharing recipes with you.  Kind of sad, huh?  Life is flying by for me lately and at the end of the day, I am always wondering where did the time fly off to?  You can definitely freeze pulled pork and then remove from the freezer when you are ready to make this chili recipe.  

We had about 1 pound of barbecue pulled pork left over and to be honest I was kind of tired of eating it. Mr. VS has sandwiches, but me? Since I’m not a fan of gluten free bread so that just leaves me eating it on a plate with whatever side we have for dinner.  

I was just plum tired of plain old barbecued pulled pork, so I decided to make chili with our leftovers. Who doesn’t like chili? I’m so sorry if you are not a fan, but it’s a big hit in this household... plus, did you know how much you are missing out on if you are not a lover of chili?   You may laugh, but I love it because we can typically get three to four meals a piece out of a pot of chili… see where I’m going with this? Less cooking and cleaning for me! Yeah for me!

I’ve mentioned my mother is caring for my grandmother, you know, the one who never let anything go to waste. Well, recently she has become a picky eater and doesn’t like leftovers.  The woman who would never let a teaspoon of anything go to waste does not now like leftovers!  What is this world coming to? 

Gosh, I am not even sure what I would do without leftovers...  

Me, personally I’ve never cared about eating leftovers, but thought maybe we should focus a bit more on them. I mean food prices… do you feel my pain when you see that tallied bill? Sometimes it makes me cringe. Then when we’re putting our groceries away I feel like we did not get much for what that receipt amount is telling me.

So I decided using leftovers may be important to a lot of families if you have picky eaters who complain about the dreaded leftovers. Make them something else, only make it easy on yourself and use those leftovers for another dinner. Shh... if you do not tell, I certainly will not tell.  

Yep, recycling food... what do we have to lose, right? Which brings us to the the here and now, how this recipe came about in the first place!

What you will need:
  1. 1 pound of cooked barbecue pulled pork
  2. 1 can corn, drained
  3. 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  4. 1 onion, chopped
  5. 1 can Rotel 
  6. 2 cans (14.5 oz) chicken broth 
  7. 2 t cumin
  8. 1/2 t cayenne (you can omit if you do not like the spicy, or try using chili powder, or even halving the cayenne)
  9. 2 t smoked paprika
  10. Salt and pepper to taste

What you will need to do:
  1. Chop onion place in bottom of pot on medium heat, let this cook down while you are opening cans, rinsing and draining
  2. Add corn, black beans, Rotel, pork, chicken broth, and spices 
  3. Come to a full boil, then reduce heat 
  4. Serve

I originally began with one can of chicken broth, after the chili cooked down a bit, I decided I wanted this chili pulled pork to have more broth to it.  Even after I continued to let it simmer on the stove with the second can, that broth also thickened up which was perfect in the end.  

Another easy one for your recipe collection. You can make this recipe your own by  adding and taking away ingredients you or your family does or does not like. Need a bigger pot for a larger family, add in more veggies. This is one that you can turn to when you’re in a pinch for time because all you do is open cans and dump.  I love it when dinnertime is easy for me, do you? 

I let ours sit on the stovetop so all of those ingredients would turn up the flavor, but once it’s heated through, you really can serve this chili. It’s not a fussy chili, just dump and heat up.  Easy, peasy.  

Wow, was this a spicy chili and it sneaks up on you too.  I loved it, but I knew Mr. VS may not care for all of that spiciness so I brought it down a few notches by adding one teaspoon of lime juice.  Did you know you can add lime or lemon juice to a dish to make it less spicy?  Learning something new everyday...  I do love it when we have a recipe and we get to learn something too!

I served our chili with oat bread since we already had it made, but our cornbread recipe would be a great match for this chili too!  Definitely check it out if you have not already, we promise you will not be disappointed.

Gee Cara, you are doing a lot of promising here.  Yes, I am!  Even though I am a chili lover, I do like to change things up a bit, and some days I just think let's try something new.  I knew I wanted to do something different with that BBQ pulled pork, and chili came to mind.  You never know unless you try so I decided why not?  

I know I will be making it again when the weather cools down.  If you pick up already made BBQ pulled pork at the grocery, this will be an even easier chili recipe.  Who doesn't like to uncomplicate life when it already seems to be so complicated anymore.  

I am telling you, my desired 1950 mind set wishes it could go back in time most days.  I am in a love/hate relationship with technology.  I love that I get to meet new people all of the time, and keep up with friends near and far, but technology seems to have really complicated life.  Anyone feel this way?  

My contribution to simplifying life?  I will just keep cranking out those simple recipes and decor ideas for you with a bit of storage ideas thrown in.  You may cringe if you saw what we worked on this past weekend.  Don't worry, I will share it all, but I may need to put a warning at the beginning of the post.  You may pass out if you are an organizer by trade.  I've said it before, and I will say it again, our basement is in dire straits, but we are getting there.  I am confident it will happen soon.  

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