Pork & Plantain Chili

By Meridian - 26751

  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 large onion, finely diced

  • 1 very ripe plantain (see Ingredient note) or sweet potato, peeled and diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed

  • 2 4-ounce cans diced green chiles

  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans, preferably black beans

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until just browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onion, plantain (or sweet potato), bell pepper, cumin, pepper, salt and cinnamon and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are beginning to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add orange juice, increase heat to high, and stir in water and black beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and plantain are tender, 10 to 14 minutes. Stir in chiles, refried beans and the pork along with any accumulated juices. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and the pork is just cooked through, about 2 minutes.

  3. TIP: Ingredient Note: Plantains are a starchy, less-sweet relative of the banana. They are typically sold underripe, with yellow skin, but are best when the skin is almost completely black. Buy underripe plantains about one week in advance and ripen on the counter.

  4. MAKE AHEAD TIP: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving
303 calories
6 g fat (1 g sat
3 g mono)
49 mg cholesterol
38 g carbohydrate
24 g protein
9 g fiber
341 mg sodium
748 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus
Vitamin C (100% daily value)
Selenium (38% dv)
Iron (20% dv)
Vitamin A (20% dv)
Calcium (15% dv).
2 Carbohydrate Servings
4 starch
2 lean meat

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3 replies

GabbyPA 2009-02-09 11:55:07 -0600 Report

I absolutely love this. It is a taste of the Islands that I miss so much. I adjusted it with lime juice instead of the OJ and I added chicken broth instead of the water. We served it over some rice, but I had mine on top of my salad greens, it was great.

GabbyPA 2009-01-29 10:06:53 -0600 Report

I love plantain and have never used it like this before. Wonderful idea. I will let you know how the rest of the family thinks. LOL