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Smoky White Bean Chili with Pork

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The happiest day of my week was the day I made this chili. It was spicy, creamy, and busting at the seams with flavor!

And I think it seemed extra wonderful because it came on the heels of fourth grade read aloud during which I counted not two, not three, but four kiddos, um, digging for gold. All at the same time.

What?! Maybe in first grade, but fourth? Sheesh.

My stomach did a flip turn and said feed me something good so I can forget I ever saw that. Arggh.

White bean chili in a bowl with a spoon.

So now we're going to put that image out of our heads.

Let's focus on the awesomeness that is fall weather, oversized hoodies with high school sports names on them, and sweet cornbread with heaping bowls of spicy white bean chili.

Followed by a second heaping bowl of spicy chili and another piece of cornbread.

Followed by a nap.


White bean chili in a bowl with sour cream.
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Smoky White Bean Chili with Pork


This smoky white bean chili with pork uses ground pork sausage, white beans, and smoked paprika for an added kick of flavor.


  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage (I used the “hot” kind)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 2 14 oz. cans fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 14 oz. cans white beans
  • 1 14 oz. can hominy
  • sour cream


  1. Brown meat in a large pot; when done, drain excess fat.
  2. Add onions and garlic to pork and saute over medium-high heat until translucent (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add seasoning and saute for 1 minute. Add red wine and cook for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, and hominy. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes (longer is ok, too)!
  4. Top with sour cream and serve!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: white bean chili, chili recipe, bean chili

I love my job, but I love the weekend more. Especially when it includes a big bowl of chili.


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    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Maybe it could be made into some kind of savory breakfast dish… Mmmm… the possibilities! 🙂

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    Chili, Yum! Sweet cornbread to go with it, YUM! Watching children “dig for gold”, NOT SO MUCH! Thank you for that mental image which is now firmly embedded in my head…:) Happy Friday!

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    Ooooh, I love great chili!!!! Yum, yum! And re: digging for gold, it would be kind of hilarious if you started doing the same thing while making faces at them. Think they’d get the point? Or maybe it would just be lost on them? 🙂

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      That would probably work better than what I actually did, which was to say, “If anyone needs a Kleenex, please go get one.” Cue 15 kids getting up for a Kleenex. 🙂

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    Hey Lindsay…just stumbled upon your blog while wandering around foodie world online and just had to stop and say how beautiful I think your site is. I love the size of your photos and how you keep the posts short…anyway, definitely putting this on my favs list 🙂

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    This looks so good! I’ve been looking for a white bean chili recipe. Do you think if I try it out and substitute the pork for chicken that it would still work?

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      Absolutely! The pork adds a lot of flavor, though, so I would just increase the amounts of spices/garlic a little bit to make sure you get it super flavorful.

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      Good idea for making this vegetarian! I love lentils. ….but I do love pork, too. 🙂

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      I am obsessed with hominy. It’s so easy to use – just buy it (canned) and add it to your Mexican dishes!

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    “I love my job, but I love the weekend more.” This sums up my life perfectly. (I’m a teacher too.) It’s not quite cool enough where I live for chili, but I am bookmarking this for the very first day it is 🙂

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      Why is that?! Teachers are generally so passionate, but oh how we need the weekends! 🙂

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    Hi Lindsay! Have been looking for a good chili recipe and this one seems simple and your pics make it look delicious. One question though — when you say the hot kind of ground pork do you mean pork sausage? The ground pork at my grocery store is just plain ground pork no spices added. Thanks!

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      Yes, I’m sorry, I will change that. I mean ground pork sausage with “Hot” or “Spicy” on the package. 🙂

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    Would it be possible to crock pot this? I have a roommate but I’m generally out of the house from 7-7 everyday and just want something I can serve immediately when I get home. Thanks!

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      I think so! I would just brown the ground meat first, because sometimes ground meat gets a little weird in the crock pot (too much oil, etc).

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    Finally got around to making this chili. Fab U Lous! I have to confess that I did leave two ingredients out — the wine (no likey, so I just added water) and the paprika (not in my budget). So I guess my chili wasn’t smoky but what really sold me on this recipe was the use of pork sausage instead of ground beef and HOMINY! I love hominy! Try cooking the bulk sausage and adding hominy (just those two ingredients) then serve with maple syrup. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Alt suggestion for pork:
    Cube pork shoulder and brine it before adding it to the chili. Wicked good.

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    Hey Lindsey,
    This dish looks amazing but I can’t find a stockist of Hominy here in Hobart (Australia)…can you suggest a substitute?

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      Hmm, it’s hard to say because hominy is so distinct! I’m really surprised that you can’t find hominy – I even found some in Cebu, Philippines! It came in a big industrial sized can at one of the bigger grocery stores. Anyways, if you can’t find it you could use corn. Won’t be exactly the same texturally but the taste will be similar. 🙂

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    I love this recipe but I personally think it needs a liquid element to make it more chili like consistency