Michael Symon's Pork Chili Recipe

Michael Symon's Pork Chili Recipe
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

A go-to recipe of Chef Michael Symon's for any big game day, this spicy and well-seasoned pork chili can be made with pork cheeks or shoulder. It's a great dish for groups to snack on all day and should be served with a heaping plate of cornbread. — Yasmin Fahr

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In a large bowl, combined the coriander, paprika and cumin and toss with the pork cheeks. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large enameled cast-iron Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add half of the pork and cook, turning as needed, until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and brown the remaining pork. Transfer to the plate. Add the bacon to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and slightly crisp, about 7 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeños and bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Return the pork cheeks to the pot along with any accumulated juices. Add the ale, chicken stock, tomatoes, chipotles, black-eyed peas and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over very low heat until the meat and beans are tender, about 2 ½ hours.

Season the chili with salt and pepper. Spoon off the fat from the surface and discard the cinnamon stick. Serve the chili in bowls. Pass the smoked cheddar, cilantro, scallions and crème fraîche at the table.


Calories per serving:

645 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 44g 68%
  • Carbs 13g 4%
  • Saturated 14g 70%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 21g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 45g 90%
  • Cholesterol 145mg 48%
  • Sodium 471mg 20%
  • Calcium 84mg 8%
  • Magnesium 73mg 18%
  • Potassium 1,136mg 32%
  • Iron 3mg 15%
  • Zinc 4mg 28%
  • Phosphorus 483mg 69%
  • Vitamin A 94µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 40mg 67%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 126%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 36%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 60%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 60%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 62µg 15%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 20%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin K 10µg 13%
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