Thursday, September 30, 2010

Modular Food: Pork and Black Bean Chili in 5 Minutes

A few weeks ago I crock potted some pork. Froze a few small containers of it, and left some out for immediate use. 

Sunday, cooked up a pound and a half of black beans. Added pre-chopped onions, celery, and carrot from T-Jo.  A little garlic. Not a whole lot of other seasonings. Froze some, left some out.

And, there's almost always some cooked brown rice around here, either in the fridge or the freezer.

So, last night I finally got around to one of the combinations I'd intended when making the pork oh so many crock pot sessions ago: Pork and black bean chili.

Very easy:

  1. Grab a container of pork from the freezer and pop it in the fridge before you leave for work -- about a cup or so.
  2. Also grab a container of precooked black beans, preferably one in which you've put lots of the black bean juice.  Maybe 3 cups total. or 4?
  3. When you get home, dump the pork and black beans into a pan and shred the pork with a fork.
  4. Get it started heating while you finish adding stuff:
    • Pre-cooked brown rice - maybe a cup?
    • Some tomato paste - about 1/2 or 2/3 of a 6 ounce can.
    • Dehydrated garlic, chili powder, cayenne - to taste 
    • pre-chopped onions from T-Jo - probably 1/4 or 1/2 cup
    • A dash of salt
Boom. You're done. Chili in 5 minutes, and only one pan and a few freezer containers to wash.  It probably won't win any prizes in a chili cook off, but it is easy, healthy, and fast.

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